Welcome to this weeks edition of High-Performance Training stuff you should read. I can’t believe it’s November already, I missed Halloween hugging the porcelain gods due to a bad, but oh-so-tasty batch of food truck tacos. All of a sudden it’s two weeks into November, a few weeks from Thanksgiving, and the weather is changing.
Let’s get down to bidnaz with the reads of the week.
When Carbs Fight Back: By Nick Shaw
Are carbs bad, insulin spiking globules that will only make you insulin resistant and cover your precious abs with a buttery layer of fat?
Especially not if you’re a high-performance athlete with huge energy requirements.
Coach Nick Shaw breaks down why exactly you need carbohydrates to maximize your training efforts and take your training up a notch.
Memo: Greg Nuckols is smart. This article really opened my eyes up to the biomechanics of the deadlift, hip position, and the balance between hip and knee dominance.
5 Major Benefits of Total Body Workouts: By Eric Bach with Tony Gentilcore and Jason Maxwell
The plan is set: Get to the gym six days a week, target a different body part each day, and build the physique you’ve always dreamed of.
And then life happens.
This is 100% why I’m a huge fan of total body training for 80% of people—a few short workouts per week will limit gaps in training and force you to focus on the essentials. Here’s my latest post on DailyBurn with contributions from Jason Maxwell of JMAX Fitness and Tony Gentilcore of Tonygentilcore.com.
Along those same lines I also published Part 2 of Training Minimalism: 4 Tips to Improve Workout Consistency. Just like anything that requires effort consistency is key—if you want to achieve success in the gym it can’t be a sometimes thing or an every other week workout; rather, it needs to be a consistent habit done over time for results.
Why Adults can’t Squat Like Babies and should Stop Trying Too: By Dean Somerset
There is, and always will be a conglomerate of meatheads that think ass-to-grass squatting is the only way to go.
More depth means greater muscle activation to overcome load.
Babies do it all the time.
Besides the fact that no-one accounts for bony anatomy, tissue/muscular differences, and risk versus reward the fact that “babies” can squat to depth as an actual argument on squat depth is preposterous. I think the adult body is a bit different from that of an infant child, don’t you? Dean Somerset dives into the anatomical changes that cause range of motion differences and why you should stop trying to squat like an infant.
The Great Comparison Hoax: by Roger Lawson
I’m sure you’ve said/ heard this: I want to look like (enter in-shape person here) with arms like Arnold, abs like Ryan Reynolds, and be able to run through defenders like Marshawn Lynch.
Comparisons are part of human nature. We see others and compare our talents, progress, and goals against others. While this works to spark an internal fire for some, it sends others into an eternal spiral of suck and self-loathing.
“How can she eat that and still look great?”
“How come he never trains arms but has big, veiny, triumphant set of chiseled meat hooks hanging off his shoulders, what gives?”
It’s really a painful process and we’re all guilty. Problem is, we don’t see what these people have done in the past. We don’t know what their genetics account for. We don’t know what they do the other 23 hours, 59 minutes, and 45 seconds that we don’t see them for.
By constantly sucking in all of this outside stimuli without any filter, letting it bombard our inner world, all we do is diminish our own accomplishments, taking the wind out of our sails for no good reason.
If you find yourself guilty of constant comparisons and the Ill-effects of using someone else give this a read, it’s a good one.
Trust in the System: How being an Optimist will help you in Strength and Conditioning: by Eric Cressey
To make the most out of any situation it helps to be an optimist. Pessimists tend to suck the life out any situation, decreasing motivation and stopping progress to halt. If you have one athlete ecstatic to train and get better consistently versus an athlete who just “goes through the motions” and has to be there who will train harder and see better results? If you’re mind isn’t in it forget the physical battle, you’ve already lost.
That’s a wrap for this week. Did I miss something or do you have a blog post that should be featured? Drop us a comment and a link in the comments below!