I first came across Nate when I heard his podcast a few years back with the Elitefts Sports Performance Podcast. Nate has an extensive background in strength & conditioning as well as being a freakishly strong dude himself.
When it comes to training it seems injuries are part of the game and i agree with that to some extent. When we push our bodies to new limits, yes injuries can happen but are you doing everything in your power to minimising them?
One of the most common questions I receive is how I organise my training. I piece together various training modalities into a weekly system whilst maintaining continuity throughout the week with each element complementing each other.
One of the key things when looking to get the most out of your time in the gym is taking ownership of your training. A good program is a great start but a good program performed poorly will do you more harm than good in the long run.
Over the years I've analysed hundreds, if not thousands, of people's squats and it's fair to say that I think most people are probably squatting theirselves into pain. A combination of poor technique, poor understanding of what good technique should be and poor coaching often leads to excessive loading of the joints, such as the knees and the low back.
To the untrained eye a prowler looks relatively innocent sat there at the end of the track waiting to be pushed but innocent it is not. In my opinion its one of the most powerful pieces of equipment any gym can own and one of your best weapons in helping to make people both move better and stronger.
Now if you’re interested in Olympic weightlifting it would be a fair to assume that you are familiar with the Bulgarian method for weightlifting. If not then allow me to give you a little history behind it…
When it comes to getting stronger we could argue for eternity about the best way, what set/reps work best but in reality it all works. If it didn’t then there would just be THE way and we could save our breath arguing and focus more energy on what really matter, the training.
You want the perfect blend of strength, speed and agility when it comes to building an athlete. It’s pointless being strong in the weight room if you cant express that on the field, it’s pointless having blistering linear speed if you lack the ability to change direction.
It seems recovery is somewhat of a lost art. As many of us strive to improve, to get stronger, to perform better we often forget to allow our bodies to recover and our strength levels to reach their true potential.
It’s far too easy to walk into the gym and work on your strengths. It acts a great ego boost to show off and shift big weights at the movements you’re good at but it isn’t helping you long term and here's why.
The idea of a perfect squat conjures up emotions like the smell of freshly cut grass, the taste of freshly baked warm bread or that feeling you felt when you first heard the soft, soul- melting tones of a young Michael Bolton...no? just me then.
Having dislocated my shoulder more than once I know a thing or two about shoulder pain and how it can affect your training or even bring it to a grinding halt. These injuries have been a great learning curve in keeping shoulders healthy so I have put together 5 simple tips that will help keep your shoulders pain free and keep you training.