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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...

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...

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,...

For the past couple of years the amount of time I can commit to training has been severely curtailed. My business life literally runs from about 8:15 A.M. to 9 P.M. (or later) six days per week. I have thus been relegated to primarily training on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings (I will sometimes get in late mini-workouts in my basement). As you may know I am a huge advocate of Louie Simmons' Westside training methodologies (www.westside-barbell.com). The Westside program when properly adhered to calls for at least four training days per week. Mini workouts to add additional volume (especially for...

#Team ALN - AtLarge Nutrition female powerlifter extraordinaire Anna Khudayarov competed this past weekend in Russia at the WRPF Pro World Championships. She had the highest women’s total of the meet with the following lifts (raw with knees wraps): Squat – 484 lbs Bench – 281 lbs Deadlift – 501 lbs [caption id="attachment_10937" align="alignnone" width="2048"] (R) Anna[/caption] ...

                     POST-WORKOUT NUTRITION - KEEPING IT 100 Let's talk about nutrition and supplementation as it relates to performance enhancement, but for a real change of pace let's keep it 100.  Yes, I went there and used that term.  What of it? ;) [caption id="attachment_7772" align="aligncenter" width="635"] Larry Wilmore of the Nightly Show knows how to keep it 100![/caption] Supplement company owners and their proxy shills have written a LOT of information over the years on the topic, but the end game was almost invariably to promote their products via massively overstated claims of what would happen if you used them.  They most certainly...

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...

Sequence Your Training for Optimal Results by Chris Mason With the recent massive increase in the popularity of training multiple fitness components simultaneously 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 (the ability to very quickly, albeit not quite as quickly as starting...

Progressive Mechanical Loading for Injury Rehabilitation/Prevention by Chris Mason Progressive Mechanical Loading (PML) is a term I have coined to describe what I have found to be the most effective injury rehabilitation/prevention method in my nearly 30 years in the iron game.  PML is deceptively simple, but as Occam's razor suggests, the most effective solutions need not always be overly complicated or exotic in nature. Aristotle writes in his Posterior Analytics, "We may assume the superiority ceteris paribus [all things being equal] of the demonstration which derives from fewer postulates or hypotheses." PML involves the use of progressive resistance to condition tissue (skeletal muscular,...

Rodney H. has been using AtLarge's products for the past three years and his transformation has been amazing! Rodney is a real AtLarge Nutrition customer who recently sent our owner, Chris Mason, these pictures as a way of saying thank you for both ALN supplements and for Chris' nutrition advice (Rodney had used the contact us link on our site and had read Chris' Fat Loss Made Simple - https://atlargenutrition.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/atlarge_nutrition_fat_loss_program.pdf). Rodney did not make this transformation overnight, it took nearly three years.  We know other companies sell you on overnight fixes, we don't do business that way.  We provide you the best...