What do programmers think about before writing a training plan for an individual or group? I spoke with two experts and here's what they had to say about creating workouts and a long-term plan.
Joe Weider was the founder of bodybuilding as we know it today. He also created the "Super Set Principle," and think what you want about bodybuilding, but these are great for building strength.
The Pause Method allows the coach to segment the lift so the athlete can develop spatial orientation and find these same positions on his own quickly, as is required for lifting heavy weights.
One of the hardest subjects for people to grasp is timing their peak performance. Here is how I have prepared myself for everything from military recruit training to Ironman to the RKC.
GPP is a term that gets thrown around an awful lot these days. But I find people, trainers included, are confused about what "fitness" is and what they should really be capable of doing.
Every Sunday we post the "Sunday Seven" so you can quickly see the seven most popular articles of the week. This week: kettlebells, eggs, knee injuries, hip mobility, and more!
Wave loading within a session is based on a trick called post-tetanic facilitation. One of the most famous ways to do this is with the 1-6 workout system used by Ian King and Charles Poliquin.
Birthday WODS, and their ilk, are just an indicator or a much larger issue - you don’t program. Think about it. If you have room in your schedule for birthday WODS, then you don’t have a schedule.
Plain and simple, a deload is a short planned period of recovery. Here are four ways to do it and why you absolutely must include it in your training.
I ask myself before every session, “Is this going to make me fitter and healthier?” The goal in the second half of life should be to move well and with strength so you can enjoy the rest of your life.
There is a reason for standardized terminology, and that is so confusion is minimized. To help newer coaches, here is a list of useful weightlifting terms and exactly what they mean.
Getting older doesn’t mean you have to quit working hard, but it does mean you need to be smarter about how you go about it. Here's what I've learned and what I recommend.
The traditional 7-day format can hinder proper recovery, especially if you have multiple training components to schedule. Consider planning your training beyond - in a 14- or 21-day plan.
The most important part of competition is learning. You can learn from victory and even more from defeat. What did you take away from the CrossFit Games this year and how you continuously improve?
I often run across coaches who slap together training programs with no thought to the issue of exercise sequence and the results can be damaging, especially with new lifters.
Cross-training may be “constantly varied” but it cannot do what swimming, track, or even bodybuilding can do. Just think how much better you’d be as an athlete with a library full of methodologies.
The killer app is that one application you can get from a piece of equipment that you can’t get anywhere else. Don’t waste your time doing things that for which that tool is not designed.