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Tight calves ALL THE TIME. What should I do?

A friend of mine recently reached out for help with her tight calves.

When your calves are incessantly and outrageously tight and tender to touch, what is there to do?

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Training Tip: When to Use Offset Loading

Here’s a recent question from one of my distance clients:

Do you use offsets frequently? Always contralateral or do you use ipsilateral?

I love this question because I think it’s one of the best illustrations of the art of coaching. Not often are things black and white.

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Conditioning Doesn’t Have to Burn: How a Meathead Used Cardio to Get Stronger

Working out is about finding a balance. Train too hard and you break down, but don’t train hard enough and you won’t get anywhere.

Those who tend to train too hard are people I call “fitness junkies”. They usually enjoy Crossfit, screaming, and a burning sensation in their muscles.

Let’s talk about why you need some easy days if you really want to get strong.
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Client Show Off

I just wanted to share with everyone some hard work from one of the morning clients at IFAST over the last week.

Squat. Bench. Deadlift.

Maria Dolar 125 Back Squat

Maria Dolar 70lb Bench Press

Maria Dolar 190lb Deadlift

Maria has always been fun to train since she’s very physically healthy. She works hard and just needs to be pushed on some occasions. Her technique is usually flawless.

I swear I don’t just beat her up all the time, but sometimes you should push the envelope a little. She went heavy on her last two sessions, now we’ll back down and let her recover.

Great work, Maria!

How to Coach Yourself in the Gym

The deadlift is a big movement that utilizes every muscle and joint in your body. You better be good at doing it.

But how do you know you’re doing it correctly if you can’t see yourself doing the lift?

Today I want to show you a trick that can help you out. Check out this video below.

The first rep is without a cue to turn on the lats. The second rep is with it.

Watch the video again. Notice the bar’s path of travel.

During the first rep, the bar never really gets to my midfoot, which is about where I would ideally want it. When the bar is in this position, it has better leverage than I do.

During the second rep, watch the bar go back. There I can finally sit into it.

What’s funny, however, is that you may have watched the first one and thought, “Well… that wasn’t too bad.” Then when you see the second rep you think, “Jesus, that first one was terrible.”

Coaching yourself isn’t entirely a guessing game. You don’t have to fabricate a cue out of the blue that you think will work for you. If you’re an inexperienced lifter who lifts alone, film a few sets. Compare set one and set two.

  1. What did you feel working?
  2. How did the reps feel?
  3. Which one looks better: one or two? Make your workouts like a visit to the doctor’s office.

When you aren’t sure what you’re looking at, you need more experience. Try something new and re-evaluate. The secret to the training process is understanding the scientific method. It is simply trial and error. What did I do wrong? How do I fix it?

Now go get strong!

-Lance

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