Friday, June 29, 2007
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Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
I was thinking about this the other day. Some of the best strength and conditioning is going on at places you've never heard of. Universities, high schools, and gyms (and even a lowly JUCO) that are not "big time". A couple of years ago I visited the Hungarian weightlifting training hall and got a chance to sit down with their head coach Imre Szuga to pick his brain. Looking around the room I thought to myself, 'wow, I have better equipment than this!'. It was then that I truly understood that the programming, effort, and teaching trumps everything else. Who cares if you have the latest Powerlift squat racks and glute hams? So what if my platforms are made out of plywood from Home Depot rather than from custon stressed hickory wood. My success here is not based on having the best equipment or being at the "big time" school....it's based on the fact that we teach and train harder than anybody else.
Moral of the story? Just DO WORK already! Great thing happen to those who work HARD.
Posted by Coach Dos' Blog at 9:12 AM
Monday, June 25, 2007
As I mentioned in my very first blog post, I'm still trying to figure out the whole idea of 'blogging'. From my point of view, I see it as a way to talk about things related to my field, things that are being talked about and discussed on my web site, products that I think are great etc....basically things I know something about. What I don't understand is why people would blog about shit that they and their 3 friends who visit their blog talk about. Isn't that what email is for? Who really wants to hear what you're thinking about when you walk down the isle at the supermarket? I mean do outsiders really want to know how dysfunctional your marraige is or that you are 53 and have no family and friends and that you actively maintain 4 different blogs at one time? Giddy-yap geniuses. The entertaining part of this particular blog is that I can get berated and called obscenties by a guy who would cross the street if I was walkng down the same sidewalk as him. I think we call that being an 'internet badass' right? Anyway, keep lurking my forum guys.....you might learn something.
Enough on this topic.....let's get back to fitness tomorrow!
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Thursday, June 21, 2007
There is no doubt that the Chinese have taken Olynpic weightlifting to the NEXT level. The women, in particular, have dominated like nothing ever seen before. Here are some great training pics of some of the best athletes on the planet...
How's this for a posterior core exercise?!
Who says you cant get JACKED from the Oly lifts?!
Did I mention that they are all incredibly flexible...
For a look at an amazing photo album of these athletes go here! WOW.....
Posted by Coach Dos' Blog at 5:40 PM
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
What is it with fitness forums these days? How is it that the number of posts all of a sudden correlates with your fitness I.Q.? Most of you will know what I am talking about. You know, the car mechanic, computer programmer, realtor etc. who likes to workout and spends 4 hours per day online @ T-nation, Bodybuilding.com, or other fitness forums. I got no problem with you doing what you want in life but what on earth makes these folks feel that they are qualified to not only dispense training information but to JUDGE products and services put out by ACTUAL fitness experts?? Because you have 5,000+ posts?? Because you 'research' any and all things fitness on the internet?? FYI, I don't go down to UCLA and critique the treatment techniques of their cancer doctors nor would I go to McDonalds and tell the kid in the back how to shake the fries. What a joke. I think the funniest thing is that when an actual fitness expert, in an attempt to qualify themselves, states their experience and/or education these 'internet experts' are always quick to say things like "well, it's not about your formal education in exercise science" or "years of experience in the field is overrated" etc. Isn't it strange how those who poo-poo education and experience are the ones that don't have either??
Myself and many other conditioning specialists have gone through years and years of rigorous academics along with thousands of hours of hands-on, in the trenches WORK. You want to offend me? Just try to say that you are on the same training level due to your forum posts or god forbid your blog (whole different blog post that I will save for later). You want to offend me further? Critique my upcoming book when it comes out and tell me what's wrong with my programming.....what's wrong with my writing style.....what's wrong with my font size and margins. Yeah, getting crititqued by someone who hasn't the foggiest idea of not only what I do at work every day of my life but of the book editing and artistic design process....GOOD ONE.
I really have a love-hate attitude toward the internet. On one hand it is an unbelievable resource to learn, share, and even make a few bucks. On the other hand, it has spawned a couple of loathesome creatures....the internet "training guru" who doesn't really 'train' anyone and, for lack of a better term, the "forum bleacher bum". You know the guy that talks shit from the stands while the pros are doing their work. We all know that the bleacher bum would do this better or would have done that differently right?? Right.
Posted by Coach Dos' Blog at 9:13 AM
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
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Sunday, June 10, 2007
Use Common-Sense Coaches have long instructed athletes to perform exercises quickly thinking that this will be best to increase the athletes' power. The fact is that the faster the repetition the less productive in terms of developing power and explosiveness. It is obvious that if the weight can be moved quickly then the load is too light to develop significant power. (This website) also finds it very interesting that none of these Olympic lifting advocates believe that contant muscle tension is an important factor in developing power. This ensures that the muscles are doing the work. Why is it that these coaches stay away from this issue? Another issue that we have addressed before and will address again is the issue of safety in a strength training program. Studies do indicate the reps that are performed slow produce more force output and therefore more power. That being the case, wouldn't the slower method be the choice for our athletes? This is another issue that (this website) finds incredibly surprising. We receive e-mails from coaches saying that the Olympic movements and their variations are actually more safe than the slow movements.
The site no longer seems to be in service which just might be as well since you might actually get dumber from reading some of this 'logic'. You won't, however, get dumber reading the articles and participating in the discussion board @ my website!
Posted by Coach Dos' Blog at 5:15 PM
Friday, June 8, 2007
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Wednesday, June 6, 2007
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Friday, June 1, 2007
I can't even tell you how many times I have talked with endurance athletes about the importance of strength training and I get the reply "well, I run a lot of hills....or Climb a lot on my bike etc." and that this somehow can take the place of a solid strength training routine. Think of it this way, if strength were not one of the BIGGEST factors in a 10k, marathon, or Ironman then why aren't the top females times similar to the top male times?
If you are serious about your endurance performance you NEED to be strength training. The benefits are really two-fold...you will get stronger thus allowing you to drop times in your events and you will also decrease your risk of injury. I write lots of little articles and blurbs for Men's Health magazine and many of them pertain to running and cycling. Just a simple jumping program can improve your running performance and help in your conditioning. Simple strength exercises can also get your body stronger and more resilient. One of my favorite strength training 'things to do' with our endurance athletes are combination lifts. These are total-body exercises that are great for getting the body ready for just about any sort of physical activity. They are also very effective and time efficient...this is obviously very important to endurance athletes who spend LOTS of time on the road and/or in the water etc.
Come by my website @ www.coachdos.com and join us on the discussion board to ask me some questions on strength training for endurance athletes (or anything else for that matter!). I have no doubt that I can help you get to the next level of performance with a sound strength training program so come by my site and check out the articles, post questions, and take advantage of some of my products and personalized services!
Posted by Coach Dos' Blog at 5:06 PM
I have always said that to be successful in the strength and conditioning field you need to be constantly LEARNING. It is very easy to get stagnant, keep doing stale programs, not go out to see what other coachces are doing. There are also a LOT of egos out there that keep coaches and trainers from actually getting better. As my friend and colleague Mike Boyle likes to say "Most people don't want to learn new things....they want to hear about things that validate what they are already doing". Over the years, I have found this to be so, so true. My pal Alwyn Cosgrove, who seems to be TIGHT with every who's-who in the field of strength and conditioning, regularly has staff training days with his crew at Results Fitness here in Santa Clarita, CA (who, BTW has the best crew of trainers I have ever seen...). Sometimes on these days, Alwyn or his wife Rachel will pick a topic and school their trainers a bit. Other times Alwyn will bring in guest trainers to speak to his crew. Just in recent months he has had folks like Jason Ferrugia, Mark Phillipi, Mike Boyle and even ME(?!). Anyway, I use these staff training days as a way to get some serious, often BRILLIANT training information...FOR FREE! (I also get a chance to have a few beers with the speakers afterwards..this is where the REAL learning usually comes!). Okay, so Alwyn held a staff training yesterday at his place and brought in Robb Rogers to speak to his staff on 'muscle activation'. For those of you who don't know who Robb Rogers is.....well, you probably aren't serious about strength and conditioning. Robb has been in this game for a LONG time, in fact, the very first conditioning clinic I ever went to was hosted by him @ USC (where he was the head strength coach) in 1990. I'm not going to get into the specifics of his talk but I had about 8 pages of notes written in the first 30 minutes...not to mention the fact that my glutes were awakened after years of being in a coma.
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