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Guiding Principles of Movement – Health vs. Performance

For health…

  • Technique should be a 10 out of 10.
  • Your body should warm up.
  • Endurance is a goal.
  • Cardiovascular health is a goal.
  • Your muscles should activate and burn.
  • You should avoid end ranges of motion.
  • Slow your lifting tempos: lowering, raising, and transitioning.
  • You’re probably going to shake and twitch.
  • Push ups are therapy.
  • Single leg movements are therapy.
  • Get the outer, lower abs.
  • Try all sorts of stuff. Bodyweight exercises are helpful.
  • Remember to eat well, sleep fully, and have fun.

For performance…

  • You should be very uncomfortable. Push yourself.
  • Technique is important, but doesn’t need to be a 10 out of 10.
  • Lift with maximal intent, whether light or heavy.
  • Train your weaknesses.
  • Have a monthly training goal and a plan to accomplish that goal.
  • Get tight and hold your breath.
  • Grind through reps if you need to, but try not to miss any.
  • Total change doesn’t happen overnight.
  • Remember to eat well, sleep fully, and enjoy what you do.

Your Weekly Schedule for Building Strength of All Types

Quick Definitions

Types of Strength

Absolute strength is how much you can do. Period.

Relative strength is how much you can do… relative to your body weight. This type of strength is the most “functional” because it doesn’t come with the high cost of heavy bodyweight. This is what most normal people are looking for.

Barbell strength is generally measured by how much weight you can lift with a barbell. This is what most powerlifters are after: big squats, bench presses, and deadlifts.

Bodyweight strength is taxed by decreasing your joint leverage. If I want to move the most weight on a barbell, I want my joints to be in optimal alignment. If I want to do crazy bodyweight stuff, “optimal alignment” means something totally different. There is usually a strong mobility / flexibility component to this as well. High bodyweight strength is highly impressive.

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