“With some many videos and diagrams available on the market today how do we as bodybuilders and sports trainers really know what is right”?
And I say that trying to give some a little credit. How do you know truth about exercise form. Or better yet what is bullshit? Hopefully after reading this article you may get some idea of just how much misinformation if out there an how better to learn the truth.
One of the things I got involved in years ago when I was writing For Ironman Magazine under the column of Muscle Coach was using drawings to illustrate the correct form to do exercises. My teacher at the time Robert K. Blom RPT always drummed into my head as many teachers do was the importance of understanding the muscle you want to work and getting the form right from the beginning. Now of course you have heard this before. Now you have to remember this was long before the internet and especially You Tube where you could upload videos of the form you use.
Motocross and Trial have much the same movements on motorcycles and can use a program that not only enhances the ability to ride harder, faster, and compete, but also has an injury potential factor that in itself adds a great benefit.
It is not just the strength you need to ride that most people think about, but “what” the strength can be converted to.
This is all called Periodization of Training
With the new year starting any day now I just had to redue this point for those athletes that want to get better and those fitness people that want harder and better abs. Ladies…getting that lower ab bulge away is just a rep away. Bodybuilder ….what has this to do with you? Did you ever notice on many if not all of the pros on stage never really has developed blocky abs? Sure the diet brings out their natural abs but nothing that is really developed like the other muscles. Read on.
Actually, you don’ t need to read just ask yourself 1 question. Are the abdominal muscle made of any different fiber type than the other muscle of the body , which of course you train with weights. Just look at the videos.
It amazes me to this day that everyone wants to think that in the fitness industry all that needs to be discovered has been. I am so tired of hear ” what’s the research”. To add to this how stupd can people be that the abdominal muscle are made of some new magic fiber type. Sorry people they arn’t. Here are 2 examples that should make you stop and think.
Why in the world would a coach give a female athlete bench presses? Why ? Because they really don’t understand or train with the athletes. Writers and professors ugg. A Bench press is cool for guys, we grew up with it. Girls could care less. It takes too much time. It really doesn’t duplicate any sports movement and when used as a test by schools is only depressing because girls have longer weaker arms. Most schools or gyms only have one or two benches which makes for long workouts. I could go on but anyone reading this blog follows my thinking. Answer, simple DB bench Press.
Using a TRX, Red rope or any of these rope devices is “Strength Training” don’t fool yourself. Training to failure with any of these type devices is a bad as training to failure every time you go into the weight room.
You are still training to exhaustion .
Even with the TRX a progression needs to be followed for best results
Just because these devices don’t look like your standard barbell or dumbbell don’t be fooled, the body still treats their use as progressive resistance just like the BB and DB.
There is so much talk lately about cutting sit-ups from the Military due to low back injury. I have written before about what a ridiculous idea this is. Come on, if your going to carry a 100lbs on your back and be as active as any military person is you have to train abs. The Ab Mat is of course the perfect answer. It allows full range of motion for the abs with weight , like every other muscle without back injury. I have numerous videos on this. This video is on what you do when you are out in nature and want to train the “abs”.
This is a full length explanation of “Ab Mat” training if you haven’t seen it before.