General Physical Preparedness, Core Strength and Conditioning

Let’s face it, we are in an exciting digital age where just about anyone with a camera and wifi can produce content for the masses. In this ever expanding virtual landscape, many platforms such as Instagram and YouTube have become very popular, especially in the health and fitness industry. With more and more people trying to share their message and climb their way to internet stardom, finding a quality source of information is becoming increasingly difficult. However, over the past few years some YouTube channels have stood up to the test of time and weathered the brutal storm of internet...

The Concurrent Training Effect Blog #4 The first three blogs of this series provided a basic understanding of the molecular underpinnings of the concurrent training effect (the blunting/elimination of the hypertrophy and strength response when both strength and endurance training are performed concurrently).  This edition is going to take that knowledge and use it to recommend specific training protocols focused on mitigating, and potentially even eliminating it. The primary training factor which seems to drive the concurrent training effect is the intensity of the endurance exercise being performed.  Closely following intensity is frequency, and when high intensity is combined with high frequency...

To read the first two installments please see the ALN blog page here: https://atlargenutrition.com/blog/ The Concurrent Training Effect Blog #3 As noted in our first installment, the concurrent training effect is a mitigation or cessation of the hypertrophy response to strength training when both strength and endurance training are performed concurrently.  Now that we understand mTORC1 (from blog #2) is almost exclusively the driver of strength training induced hypertrophy we know that looking into how endurance training can influence it is the key to insight into how to mitigate the concurrent training effect and thus to creating a superior CrossFitter or hybrid...

This 2nd edition of The Concurrent Training Effect blog is going to focus on the molecular underpinnings of skeletal muscular hypertrophy.  Understanding the driving force behind the molecular response to strength training can provide us insight into why concurrent strength and endurance training can negatively affect muscular hypertrophy and strength.  In addition, a better understanding can lead to ways to mitigate the effect and optimize progress.  If you are a CrossFitter, or any other form of hybrid athlete this blog is for you.  Keep reading… [caption id="attachment_11060" align="alignnone" width="600"] Mike Mentzer - knew a thing or two about muscular hypertrophy.[/caption] A Very...

Sequence Your Training for Optimal Results by Chris Mason With the recent massive increase in the popularity of training multiple fitness components simultaneously (CrossFit being the driving force of this movement) the topic of exercise sequencing for optimal results has become particularly poignant. Physical fitness and performance are comprised of many different specific attributes. For example, strength has many forms all of which contribute to the body's ability to move through space. Strength can be viewed as a spectrum ranging from starting strength (the ability to produce maximal force in the first 30 milliseconds of movement), to explosive strength...

Question: Chris, how do you alter your training immediately following a competition? The competition that you have just completed and the time of year largely dictate the recovery process afterwards. By the way, and to digress from the question for a moment, if you are serious about being competitive in CrossFit it's a good idea to do some local or larger regional competitions. What that does is give you a chance to "test" your plan for tapering, warm-ups at the competition, meals between workouts, and so on. For the local/regional competitions your rest/recovery time can be as short as...

Time to grow some legs – already got them..? Time to make them even better. This program will shock your entire lower body into growth very quickly. Be warned, it isn't easy and at times you may feel the urge to quit – don't do it! [caption id="attachment_7970" align="alignnone" width="600"] Phil Hill has some of the most amazing legs ever![/caption] If there are two things that stop guys or girls training their legs hard, they are: • It's hard, and you don't like hard • If you have weak legs or under-trained legs, it seems embarrassing to start with smaller weights If you are...

Note: Win AtLarge Nutrition Fat Burners Nitor & Thermocin - (see bottom of article) Let's cut the BS and get down to business: traditional cardio – running on the treadmill, sitting on a bike, riding on one of those stupid-looking elliptical machines – just doesn't work that well if your main goal is to lose fat (now if your main goal is to watch TV or read a book and portray the illusion of hard training, then traditional cardio has you covered). Traditional cardio bites the big one for one main reason: It Doesn't Burn That Many Calories We all know that fat-loss is...

You are putting together your “beach body” program and trying to find that perfect movement to really set off your midsection, but have grown tired of endless crunches… Well there is one movement that has been proven effective in martial arts and athletics for years. Are you curious now? It is as simple as “planks”. A plank is a static contraction in a supporting position that places a great deal of stress on your core muscles, specifically the abdominals and hip flexors. Today, just about everyone, regardless of fitness level or education is doing planks and everyone seems to understand its benefits. That said,...