Posts Tagged ‘weightlifting’

Two secrets to proper weightlifting technique

December 17, 2018

Secret #1: Curl your toes up. That will ensure your weight is on the middle of your foot (actually, on the front end of the heels).

Secret #2: Chest out, shoulders back. If you focus on keeping the chest out and shoulders back, it will naturally ensure your hips rise properly when lifting the weight off the floor and it will ensure your form is correct when squatting.

Challenging accepted dogma: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS OVERTRAINING!!!

October 28, 2014

I like people who challenge commonly accepted dogma. And this fellow John Broz definitely challenges dogma. Here’s a taste:


If you can’t do something you are not in good enough shape. Here is a story:

If you’ve got a job as a garbage man (or run a jackhammer, or some other physically demanding job) and had to pick up heavy cans all day long, I’m sure the first day would be very difficult – possibly almost impossible for some to complete. So what do you do? Take 3 days off and possibly lose your job? NO! you would take your sore, beaten self to work the next day. You would mope around and be fatigued – much less energetic than the previous day, but you would make yourself get through it. Get home, soak in the tub, take aspirin, etc. The next day would be worse … etc. etc. Eventually you will be running down the street tossing cans around and joking with your co-workers. How did this happen? You forced your body to adapt to the job at hand! If you can’t squat everyday, lift heavy everyday then you are not OVERTRAINED, you are UNDERTRAINED!

When is an exercise mastered?

August 6, 2014

Long ago a Yogi told me, “You have mastered a Yoga asana when you can perform it steadily, effortlessly for 3 hours, 40 minutes.”

Wow! That is awesome.

Recently I have been focussing on the descent part of an exercise. For example, in one hand I lift a dumbell overhead and then slowly, steadily lower it. After it is lowered I explosively drive it back up and then repeat. When is an exercise mastered? I submit this as a measure of mastery: when the weight can be lowered steadily over a period of 60 seconds (1 minute), the exercise has been mastered and it is then time to increase the weight. Thoughts?

The key to bodybuilding is to use moderate weights and develop a strong mind/body connection

December 29, 2012

Ever since I was a child I wanted to be a bodybuilder. When I was old enough I started lifting weights. I worked hard and ate right. But I got little results. It was particularly disheartening as those around me got bigger and bigger. Clearly they had the genetics and I did not.

Nonetheless I have persisted in my training over the years. Recently two events have given me insight into why I have never achieved all that I believe I am capable of:

1. I was watching a YouTube video on Kai Greene. He took 2nd place in the most recent Mr. Olympia contest. In the video he said, “I am not a weightlifter.” He distinguishes between a weightlifter and a bodybuilder: a weightlifter is focused on lifting as much weight as possible whereas a bodybuilder is focused on hypertrophy (increasing muscle size).

2. I read this statement by Ron Harris in an exercise magazine: It is the stubborn refusal to train with moderate weights and have a better mind/body connection that prevents many would-be bodybuilders from ever looking quite like a bodybuilder.

Those two events have rocked my world. I will now approach my training in a completely different manner.