May 2006

Gather three top strength and conditioning coaches for a discussion and what do you get; information that you’d normally never read or hear about anywhere else. Wannabebig was fortunate enough to have Jimmy Smith, Brijesh Patel, and Eric Cressey agree to discuss and answer some questions on how they make their athletes bigger, stronger, and faster as well as deal with some of the issues that surround training an athlete. Bear in mind these guys have pro athletes coming to them for help because they deliver results! Wannabebig: What is your training philosophy for athletes? Eric Cressey: Build the athlete first, and the player...

My previous article, Home gyms Rule! described a rationale for home gyms and touched lightly upon which equipment you will need to create your own. This article is going to delve more in-depth into equipment needs and where to find it, but I first want to make a point. The value of a home gym lies in its use. Irrespective of how the gym is equipped if you do not make use of it you have effectively wasted your time, money, and space. Use your home gym! In my home gym I have a combination of equipment that was purchased new,...

Do you think your bench press is impressive? Maybe you bench the most at your gym or have a couple bench press competitions wins under your belt. Can you bench-press 405 pounds for twenty reps? Yeah, that's what I thought - you're not so impressive are you? There's something special about bench-pressing 500 pounds or more, but there's something even greater about someone who can press over 900 pounds! Meet Ryan Kennelly. At 6'2 and weighing around 300 pounds, this guy means business. Wannabebig: Hi Ryan. Other than training, what do you do for a living? Ryan K: I work as a drug...

If you have read past the title of this article you either agree with it or are strongly opposed, but curious. As you can probably tell, I am biased toward home gyms. In my case, a home gym really means a garage gym, but the idea is the same (home gym, basement gym, garage gym, patio gym, etc.). I can walk out my door and hit the iron in a matter of seconds. My personal gym setup might be an exception, as it is quite well equipped. Irrespective, I make the same assertion for almost any home gym – that...

In part one of this series I covered the following; Multiple Exertion Method, Maximal Concentric Method, Maximal Isometric Method, and the Maximal Eccentrics Method. If I am doing my job then you have gained a little more insight into the Max Effort Method. It can be much more than “maxing out”. This article will cover Maximal Force Repetitions, The Maximal Restricted Range Method, The Cheating Method, Maximal Circa-Maximal Method and The Maximal Yielding Method. Maximal Forced Repetitions I am sure you all remember forced reps from high school. There are several ways to utilize this method for many different applications. Leaving bodybuilding aside...