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The Hardest Part is the Mental

2 February 2010

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Many lifters are MORE then capable of lifting a certain weight, of hitting their PR.  The strength can be there, but there is something else that is involved in those big lifts, those extra reps, one more round.  The mental side of weightlifting is probably 40% of the lift, 60% being strength and ability.  When […]

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And on The Seventh Day…..

31 January 2010

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REST!  Everybody needs a rest day and today is mine.  Sunday is the perfect day to put down the weights, wake up a little past 8am, and maybe sneak in a leisurely walk.  Yes, no matter where you are in your training or what your goals are, you need to relax at least once a […]

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Twas a Most Long Monday

25 January 2010

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Such a long day from 7am to 8 pm, BUT….good news is I was able to sneak in 2 workouts.  Well, one was just cardio.  Still, with today being my speed upper body day, I decided to take the first workout as a long bike session.  My afternoon was 2 rep speed benches @ 115 […]

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Good Morning Saturday!

23 January 2010

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Saturday, though not a day off, is a day that is a little bit open as far as workouts go.  I try to focus on my deadlifts and/or the ancillary workouts that will help me in my deadlifts.  Today’s choice?  Good mornings.  They are a great lower back/ hamstring exercise and I think people feel […]

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Sweat the Small Stuff

22 January 2010

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Through reading and my coach I’ve learned a very important point.  Focusing on my major lifts, the bench, the deadlift, and the squat, is VERY important.  One thing most people forget or don’t realize, is that those ancillary muscles are just as important and could be the difference between failure and a new PR on […]

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100 and Pushing Forward….

20 January 2010

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As my 101 post, I want to make it a little lighthearted and address a topic of concern for ALL those who workout regularly.  It’s the 2 week rush to success!  Every January, for the first 3 weeks, all gyms see an influx of those “resolutionites”.  That’s right, the people who are driving to reach […]

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Take a Rest Day

17 January 2010

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Sine this is the first Sunday post vacation, I am feeling back in the swing of things.  The next 6 weeks, it’s on!  Let the training begin!  Most people know they need to take a “rest” day but few know what they can really do to stay active.  Just because it’s a rest day doesn’t […]

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In Preparation for Competition

15 January 2010

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With 6 weeks to go to train and get my weights up to par, I am feeling the pressure to stay aggressive and focus my workouts on those activities that are going to help me achieve PR’s.  With a schedule set and the initial “back from vacation pain” out of the way, let’s get going!  […]

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Keeping Your Hips Actively Open

13 January 2010

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Most people are spending more and more time at a computer or sitting at a desk during the workday.  The price is paid by your hips!  After being tightened and in the shortened position for such a long period, it can be difficult to get them to open up.  Here are some solutions you can […]

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First Day of Feeling the Consequences

12 January 2010

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So after my 2 week “break”, today was the day I felt the repercussions of my actions and it was not so good.  Lesson learned?  Vacation, like I have said before, is not a time to vacation from your workouts.  Did some squatting with the chains, which isn’t necessarily adding some crazy weight, but instead […]

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