If you’re trying to put on size, the typical bodybuilder style programming would call for something like 3 sets at 8-12 reps. From a volume perspective, this should be sufficient for growth. However, from an intensity perspective, this type of training misses the mark.
Enter cluster sets.
Continue reading Cluster Sets: More Intensity, More Growth
Functional fitness. That’s the buzz-term that was popularized years ago and still gets thrown around and bastardized today by trainers, coaches, and gyms across the world.
Functional fitness sounds great doesn’t it? I mean, who wouldn’t want to be “functional” and “fit”. The idea that your training will carry over to some sort of function is a good thing.
But does your training really fall into functional fitness?
Continue reading What is Functional Fitness?
When I first opened the Primal Strength Gym, I was the only one who trained for Strongman. At my last Strongman Sunday event, around 8 months after I officially opened Primal, we had more than 15 people come and train.
After this upcoming Saturday, I will have had 9 people from Primal compete within the past two weeks, with 5 of those competing for the first time.
It has been a cool experience watching the sport grow amongst my gym members, and the general awareness my gym has created across the city of Charlottesville.
But there are two things that seem to peak the curiosity of my followers.
Continue reading Is Strongman For You?
Back when I first started lifting, I was convinced that if I didn’t have some kind of potent protein shake and enough chicken to feed a small village within 30 minutes after my training, I was going to be in a catabolic death spiral and all of my training would be for naught.
I would risk road rage confrontations, running over slow pedestrians, and anything else that got in my way of me meeting the much hyped “anabolic window”.
I was a slave to immediate post training nutrition.
Continue reading Does the Anabolic Window Really Exist?
One of the most frequently asked questions I get is about accessory work, specifically what exercises you should be doing and how to program it.
Let me hit a few main points, and then I will get into the movements that I think are most important.
Continue reading Nailing Down Your Accessory Work
If you’ve been with me for a while, you know I preach not training to failure. However, there are a lot of training to failure proponents out there.
So who is right and who is wrong?
Of course I’m not going to throw myself under the bus, so let me elaborate on why I’m an opponent to training to failure, and what you should be doing instead.
Continue reading Should You Train to Failure?
Specialty bars have grown in popularity since Westside Barbell introduced them into their training. While the straight bar may always be king, especially for powerlifters who must use a straight bar in competition, variety never hurt anyone and in a lot of other cases, may prove superior to standard training. Enter the safety squat bar.
Continue reading Why You Should Be Squatting With A Safety Squat Bar
Yo Primal Nation!
It has been about a month and a half since my last blog post. Let me apologize for dropping off the radar for a bit. Sometimes life proves tough to fit everything in that you need to accomplish during the course of a day.
Continue reading Information Overload: Don’t Stray From the Basics
There are a lot of things you can do to improve your strength.
Typically people hit a wall and start making all kinds of second guesses about their programming.
Am I training enough? Am I training too much? Do I need to gain weight? Does my technique suck? What else do I need to incorporate?
It can be maddening. There are times when I can get obsessive over my training and all of the second guessing only heightens anxiety and makes things worse.
Continue reading One Quick Way To Be a Better Lifter