In direct contrast to the enormous advances in supplementation, the modern “iron-game” and much of the health and fitness field are falling well short of expectation due to a series of callous errors. The reasons are a challenge to pin-point but without question the growth of the internet and hence the ability to spread inaccurate information lay at the root. While there are certainly sectors that are promising, the broad majority are trapped in minefield of problems and unless significant changes are made they will not achieve their full ability.
Since the growth of the internet, inaccurate information has spread like wildfire in the health, fitness and sport conditioning sector primarily because of a poor educational and mentoring process for young “professionals”, unscrupulous marketing efforts and a very peculiar aspect of online video sharing in which countless unqualified individuals purport to be “experts”. While poor education levels can be addressed and will play a great role in reducing the problem, marketing efforts that suggest such nonsense that a particular weight medium will reduce the incidence of concussions need to be squashed. Still what remains is the alarming problem seen within moments of entering the broad majority of gymnasiums.
In continuation of issues noted in “common training errors that slow progress” the following points need to be shored up immediately:
- That is a Squat rack, not your arm beautification project zone. Beyond the love affair with the mirror that has spread like a virus, when you are within the racks it is primarily to Squat and not to use as a stand for bicep curls given you are too challenged to lift the weight from the floor. Given there are facilities that prohibit the sounds of exertion as well as the requirement of chalk, maybe it is time to revoke membership for those who think the domain of athletes is their curling station. However, don’t leave and instead welcome to the zone where athletes spent a great deal of time.
- If you can lift a weight up properly surely you can lower equally as well. Technical form is typically an abomination for a purist and while of late I have seen far too many intensely rounded-back pseudo Deadlifts from those I expected more from, the constant habit of collapsing on the eccentric section of the lift only to (significantly) bounce the weight off the floor is ridiculous. The eccentric action is equally, if not greater, importance in the lift and absolute care should be taken that the movement is performed properly.
- Just as technique in performing a movement is incorrect part of the problem is that many do not execute lifts with full range of motion. Excluding techniques that use an overload principle on partial lifts, if you cannot perform a movement correctly then lower the weight until you are capable. If your “coach” suggests poor technique is acceptable collateral damage for “intensity” they not only should not be in the industry but do not understand funnelling aggression towards a targeted goal.
- Don’t worry about the music. I repeat do not worry about the music that is playing. I understand it might not be the most personally motivating but if you are focusing upon the background music you are not concentrating sufficiently and for that matter I question how much you “want it”. I cannot tell you the music that is one when I am exercising or the sounds as my surroundings are a sea of black but I can tell you I will out-work everyone in and out of the gym and while that isn’t very fancy, its blood tested truth.
Prepared by John Davies
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Second and Third photos from the top: Marissa Fields
Tammy Bravomalo discusses her supplement stack.
John’s present supplement stack starts daily with the “athlete’s advantage”, Modern, Super Cissus, PowerFull and Prime, along with additional use of Recreate, Yok3d, Anabolic Pump and Pink Magic depending upon his training cycle (workout log 1, 2, 3, 4).
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