January 2006

Protein Among the people with whom I have worked, protein is the most neglected macronutrient. Women in particular tend to have diets that are very deficient in protein. Why? Who knows? One reason may be that many of them seem to think that a container of yogurt is a good source of protein. Sure, it may contain about five grams of quality protein, but to deem yogurt a significant source of protein is altogether untrue. Another reason might be because many view animal protein as fattening. This is true to an extent, but if one takes precautions and buys LEAN meats,...

Are you having trouble putting poundage on your bench press? Let me assure you that you’re not alone. Besides people asking me how they can improve their vertical jump, or get big, or get lean, or get fast, the most common question I get is people asking me what to do about their bench press. Let me ask you this: How many consistent squatters do you hear complain about not being able to make gains on their squat? How many consistent deadlifter’s do you hear complain about not being able to make gains on their deadlift? If you hear the same things I...

As a personal trainer, I am constantly seeing and hearing things in the gym that boggle the mind. Some of the more comical examples include: 1. Guys who use the same exact weight day-in and day-out for 3 sets of 10 and look the same now as they did three years ago. 2. An Epidemic of Inflated-Lat Syndrome (ILS). 3. "Universal Bench Day" (Monday, of course). 4. Women who wear make-up to the gym. Why? 5. "Dude, did you check out the latest issue of Muscle & Fitness? I am so gonna buy that Mass Formula Protein Synthesizer 3000 that this huge dude is pimpin'....

As a lifter matures so should their arsenal of exercises they draw from. Just as a mechanic reaches into their toolbox and chooses the appropriate tool to fix the problem they're working on, so should a lifter when it comes to fixing their weak links. And since plateaus are inevitable, it’s very important that a lifter is well equipped with the proper exercises that will carry them over and beyond their plateau. But remember that these exercise are just that, exercises. How you apply these exercises is very important and can be a deciding factor whether you get stronger or continue...

Praised be….I’m born again! Five weeks after poor lifting technique and resulting back trouble knocked me out of the gym, I returned to the squat rack with an inspired mission. To help others in a similar post rehab situation regain their lost form and physique - safely, sanely, and effectively. For any dedicated trainer who has been forced to take a lifting holiday, gaining back all that hard earned muscle mass is priority number one. I was amazed at how my previously strong quads developed the consistency of marshmallow fluff in only a couple of weeks. Yet the amount of muscle atrophy I...