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    Free Advice from Strength coach

    Hey is this a new category?

    Anyway, I'm a proffessional strength coach, if you have any ?'s or need advice drop me a line. BTW, (atleast here in the states) mainstream and commercial fitness info is backwards and stupid, vast majority of personal trainers are clueless. This is a subject I probably take more seriously than most as its my career, but honestly its insulting and ridiculous the state of fitness industry in america. Also check out EliteFTS, Joe DeFranco, Westside barbell if you don't feel like talking to me or something.
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    Re: Free Advice from Strength coach

    Quote Originally Posted by BrunnBeast View Post
    Hey is this a new category?

    Anyway, I'm a proffessional strength coach, if you have any ?'s or need advice drop me a line. BTW, (atleast here in the states) mainstream and commercial fitness info is backwards and stupid, vast majority of personal trainers are clueless. This is a subject I probably take more seriously than most as its my career, but honestly its insulting and ridiculous the state of fitness industry in america. Also check out EliteFTS, Joe DeFranco, Westside barbell if you don't feel like talking to me or something.
    OK BrunnBeast, thanks for your offer. I do have some questions about strength and athletics. These are my observations so I would like to know if there is any truth to them--sort of my personal myths.

    1. Skill and strength are the same, just as everyone is saying now.

    2. Different skill-strength come at different ages. For instance the ability to swim fast and long seems to decline after 17 or so while weight lifting strength seems to peak in the late 20s.

    3. Muscle size seems to have nothing to do with strength in complex movements or with speed strength such as in boxing or Olympic lifts.


    Please set me straight.

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    Re: Free Advice from Strength coach

    1. Absolute strength correlates more to coordination of neural impulses than to quality of muscle, so yes it is a learned skill, like any other physical task (it can however be limited by not having enough muscle tissue, but 99.9% of people have not learned to take advantage of what they already have.

    2. Yes different physical skills do peak at different ages. One need merely watch the olympic games to realize that strength sports competitors tend to be in late twenties or early thirties (peak testosterone production in males), swimmers as you said in late teens or early twenties, and gymnasts (female) around puberty or earlier. (Also note different races dominate certain events, mongoloid finesse i.e. rhythmic gymnastics and diving, negroid speed and explosive [west africa] and endurance [east africa] and caucasoid strength i.e. weightlifting and wrestling. Wrestling is a strength combat sport while boxing is more explosive, so if you ever fight a negro take it to the ground.

    3. Explained in 1 To elaborate, bodybuilders who have the most muscle tissue of anyone are much weaker than powerlifters or olympic lifters, who have less muscle mass but use it much more efficiently.

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    Re: Free Advice from Strength coach

    Thanks BrunnBeast for your answer. I have some more questions. What do you think of Pavel Tsatsouline's "greasing the groove" routine? He advocates trying two lifts or movements and doing half your max. but doing this many times a day. For instance, he advocates doing one-arm pushups everytime you leave the house or turn on the TV or using some other prompt. This way you would vary the sets everyday and build neural strength. He says do it 6 days a week. This did work well for me doing both one armed pushups and pullups. I had to give up the pushups because the imbalance was hurting my back but I ended up, after 5 months at this, being able to do 30 pullups as a max. This is way more than I did in high school.

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    I'm familiar with Pavel's greasing the groove routine but you are the first person I've ever talked to that ever tried it. I would assume it would be quite effective for building strength via neural gains but not so effective for building muscle mass.

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    Re: Free Advice from Strength coach

    Should one wear a weight belt?

    Some say that you should only lift what you can do without a belt.

    Also, some say a belt does not allow strengthening of those muscles which are critical for balance. Later, when added bulk is tacked on and one goes to lift without a belt, injury can occur.

    Others say without a belt injury is likely. And protruded guts is likely.

    Also, more likelihood of a stomach tear or hernia is likely without a belt.

    What say you? Belt or no belt? Maybe an alternating use? Why?

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    1) Never use a belt on any exercise except for a squat. Thats what they are for, nothing else.

    2) Never use a belt unless you are lifting very heavy weights, i.e. something you can only do 1-3 reps with.

    3) Wearing a belt helps provide Intraabdominal pressure, which helps you to maintain the correct posture for squatting.

    4)Wearing a belt takes stress off of the abdominal muscles, which deprives them of stimulus to get better.

    I would say only wear a belt in a competition, and maybe for a training session or two just before competition to get used to it. If you can't properly squat the weight without the belt don't squat it. Exercises such as Front Squats and Overhead squats will help you build abdominal strength and stability needed for squatting if you need work on this area.

    All in all I would only reccomend a belt to a competitive lifter who really knows what he is doing, and knows how much extra he can get out of the belt. For anyone else, work hard and be patient and not using the belt will pay off more in the long run.

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    Re: Free Advice from Strength coach

    Quote Originally Posted by BrunnBeast View Post
    I'm familiar with Pavel's greasing the groove routine but you are the first person I've ever talked to that ever tried it. I would assume it would be quite effective for building strength via neural gains but not so effective for building muscle mass.
    Yes, it was great for building strength but when I was doing the one-armed pushups and one legged squats, I was actually getting too puffy for my liking as well as agrivating old back problems so I stopped.

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    Re: Free Advice from Strength coach

    Right now, I am on a high-weight, low-rep workout program. I'll detail it a little here.

    1. 5 days a week, about 1 hour - 1 hour and a half.
    2. Different muscle group each day, i.e. chest, back, arms, legs, shoulders.
    3. High-weight, 4 - 6 reps, 2 - 3 sets for each excercise, 3 excercises per muscle group.
    4. Relatively loose form. I don't make my body rigid but I don't throw the weights around either and "cheat" too much.
    5. I take a serving oh whey before and after my workout and glutamine after.

    My question is: is this a pretty effective workout?

    I have gained LOTS of muscle mass while being on it, I was just wondering what you think about it, considering your knowledge.

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    Re: Free Advice from Strength coach

    Exercies where you are moving your own body through space as opposed to some form of external resistance recruit more muscle fibers and induce more muscular hypertrophy. If you had been doing barbell or dumbell exercises what I said earlier would apply better. Should have thought to mention this before my mistake.

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