Are You Mental?

Mel Siff inspired this blog during my first foray into Supertraining. I enjoyed the shit out of his points. However I'd like to elaborate on some specific points. That is the purpose of this article. I’m going to be referring to strength in terms of general lifting, not necessarily competing in powerlifting or other strength sports. I’ll probably be flip-flopping between different strengths sports to make points. Just realize even if you don’t compete you should find some things that you can work on to improve your performance in whatever sport you do. According to Siff sporting performance depends heavily on psychological factors such as: Motivation Aggression Concentration Focus or attention The ability to tolerate pain or to sustain effort The perception of sensations and events in training and competition The placebo…
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Be A Fitness Tester Pt II: Resistance Training

Last week I went over part 1 on how to begin adding new methods into your diet regimen instead of arguing about it and discussing it ad nauseam.  We covered the dogma-trendy spectrum and how one should attempt to be in the middle of the spectrum or at least move towards the middle. Today we go over training, another convoluted area, where yet again you have access to so much information.  The sad fact is just like nutrition, much of this information is simply bunk.  There are now some reputable sites that constantly churn out good stuff, but these resources are few and far between. Let's get into the fun stuff.   Spectrum Business When it comes to weight training, the spectrum I covered last time still applies, but less…
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Be A Fitness Tester Pt I: Nutrition

I’ve thought long and hard about this numerous times. Everyone knows the Internet doesn’t “lend and hand” to the option of testing. Why? Everything is already out there for you to grab with a click of your mouse. You want a diet to try out? You’ve heard about IF so you go and check out Martin Berkhan. You want a strength program? You go and check out Stronglifts. Before I get into the nitty-gritty let me first off make one point clear. If you have hired a coach, you have given up a certain degree of freedom. This means you should trust him or her to have your best interest in mind, and testing becomes less of an issue. Still, if you have a good relationship with your coach and…
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