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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...

Joan Rivers used to say, “Can we talk?”  So, can we talk?  I want to “talk” to you in this blog about something very important to anyone interested in complete fitness (CrossFitters, this means YOU), and that is building strength and endurance simultaneously. Simultaneously training for both strength and endurance can (and will to some degree) result in the inhibition of the body’s ability to adapt to either stimulus with the greater inhibition seemingly focused on the hypertrophy response to strength training.  This is known as the concurrent training effect.  Until fairly recently this effect was generally misunderstood in the fitness...

1) You need to foam roll, stretch, and God knows what else to warm-up prior to training. NO!  Was that clear enough?  Crushing your flesh, fatiguing yourself with endless repetitions etc. will NOT decrease your chances of injury, nor will it enhance performance.  With strength training, exercise specific warm-ups are all that are needed.  If you are going to squat then a couple of sets of squats will give your body the movement specific warm-up it needs.  If you feel you need more you are doing something wrong.  Your training is damaging your joints and changes must be made. By the way,...

The holidays can be a trying time for those of us that are serious about training. As an AtLarge athlete you more than likely have no intention of letting the plethora of saturated fats and empty carbs associated with holiday feasts throw you off track and deter you from achieving your goals, and for that we salute you. Being dedicated to your goals and wanting to look and feel your best doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some of the wonderful flavors associated with holiday eating. In fact some of the most famous holiday dishes can be turned into protein-packed power meals,...

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Strength Training Application for Improved Athletic Performance by Chris Mason I hate to appear to be a name dropper, but I want to give credit where it is due.  So, at the risk of appearing to be the former I was recently visiting with my friend Louie Simmons.  As the majority of readers will know Louie is one of the most famous and brilliant strength coaches in the world.  The man has been responsible for an innumerable number of strength training processes and innovations which permeate the athletic world (board presses, accommodating resistance in the form of chains and bands, his patented...

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Intensity vs. Volume for Hypertrophy (includes a 4 day split routine) by Chris Mason My last article addressed how to get bigger legs in 30 days using a form of double pre-exhaustion with a very high intensity of effort and low volume.  I addressed how hypertrophy can benefit strength athletes from bodybuilders to weightlifters with some detail, but I did not directly touch on the topic of intensity vs. volume as it relates to hypertrophy. [caption id="attachment_3978" align="aligncenter" width="300"] John Defendis definitely had the vacuum pose down![/caption] Intensity vs. volume has been a topic of hot debate over the years with the two extremes...