Tag: overtraining

Strength

Louie Simmons: 50 years of lifting

Louie Simmons is the owner of Westside Barbell, arguably the most famous powerlifting gym in the world. He has competed for more than 50 years, achieving elite status in five different weight classes. He is based in Columbus, Ohio. What’s the first thing you do when you start working with a new client? The first thing I do when someone comes to see me at Westside Barbell for the first time is look for their weak spot. They’ve all got one, and if I don’t fix their weakness I’ll never maximise their strength. The most common weaknesses are hamstrings, glutes…

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Hypertrophy Strength

Is your training plan progressive enough?

Brad Schoenfeld is a leading author and researcher on exercise and sports nutrition. He is based in New York. Humans are creatures of habit. We like doing things we know, things that feel familiar, and things with which we are comfortable. That’s why so many men spend their gym time doing those lifts they know and love and, consequently, excel at. It’s not just that they do the same exercises week in, week out. It’s that they do them in the same set and rep ranges – typically three sets of eight to 12 reps – all with the same inter-set…

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Recovery

The obvious signs you’re over-training

Andy Franklyn-Miller is a leading sports medicine physician, having worked with sports teams and federations in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the US. He is based in Melbourne, Australia. There are many terms used such to describe fatigue or a poor response to training. ‘Over training’ is probably the most common, but ‘under recovery’ or even ‘unexplained underperformance syndrome’ are also used to explain the same problem: an athlete performing at a level lower than their training expectation would suggest. The key mental and physical performance symptoms are tiredness, muscular strength and size plateaus or decreases, poor quality sleep, irritability,…

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Hypertrophy Recovery

Jamie Alderton: What I know

Jamie Alderton is a WBFF Pro muscle model, body transformation specialist and physique coach. He is based in Ford, West Sussex. Biggest breakthrough Getting the hunger Having more hunger for training and focusing on each and every workout to maximise the effectiveness has resulted in drastic improvements in my physique. If everyone concentrated more on their workouts, scrapped the chit chat, and hit every rep and set with complete focus, they will dramatically change the way they look. Biggest mistake Training too much
 When I started out I always thought the more I was in the gym the bigger I…

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