Lifting Safety for that Casual Client

Not all clients are coming in to your gym to lift big and get huge. Many of them are there to get a workout in and go on with life. So what do you do for that casual male lifter? Well, have a consistent and progressive program that will give them results, regardless.

Take a look at this system that will keep them safe, get them results and allow them to enjoy life.

Read the full article here: Strength Development For the Casual Male Lifter

Programming Progressions For the HSPU

One of the things about programming new movements is that you have to be careful with your clients as they adjust and build strength in the targeted areas. The handstand pushup is no different in that a slow and steady progression towards accomplishing it is best.

Take a look at this program that will help them get there sooner rather than later.

Read the full article here: A program for your first strict handstand pushup

Curbing Your Appetite

You’ve got clients who are working on losing, and clients who are working on massing. Both of these types of clients are on extreme, opposite ends. But the one thing that ties them together? Those late night cravings to satisfy a rumbling stomach can be difficult to deal with, but give them some hope with today’s article.

Have a look and guide them on what to look for in the fridge.

Read the full article here: 7 things to do at night for weight loss

Auxiliary Exercises for Pull-Up Volume

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Chances are, if you have gotten your clients to that first, seemingly mythical pull-up, the next thing they are going to be concentrating on is 2 pull-ups, and then 3 pull ups, etc. They will want to raise the volume of repetitions almost immediately, and this will pose a problem.

How do you increase the amount of pull-ups you see your clients doing? The simple answer would be volume work. However, anyone who has been training for a while understands that this is simply not the answer.

More volume on the movement itself will not necessarily be the thing to get your clients a higher rep count.

Instead, what you can do is auxiliary work to build up the stabilizer muscles used in the movement itself. This will help with the pull and the volume count.

Specifically for the pull up, one thing you can check into is this double kettlebell swing movement. Enjoy!

 

Watch: Double Kettlebell Swing

That Efficient Bulgarian Squat

Want to build some real power in your clients’ legs? This is the way to get that done by using the powerful Bulgarian split squat routine. Your clients will be able to focus attention and isolate on one leg as they work each side of their body.

Read the full article here: 7 amazing benefits of Bulgarian split squat

Get On Track w/These Awesome Wods

The sun’s out, so those guns want to come out. What’s the best way to show these off? Well, take a look at these outdoor wods you can do with your clients. You’ll get them out in the sun and fresh air, and best of all you don’t need any equipment.

Read the full article here: 7 track WODs

Squat With The Champs

If you want to know how to squat like the champs and hit those deep personal records, learn to open up the hips with these stretches and movements. Having open hips is key to developing that big squat and hitting all those gains.

Read the full article here: Squat Like Champions

Narrated Lifting Videos

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We have a treat for you today with a video from Catalyst Athletics head coach Gregg Everett narrating videos of his lifters going through their routines.

What’s great about this is that he’s able to point out exactly what they are doing and where they are going wrong.

This is not only good for you to watch, but it’s also a great idea to introduce this into your own training of athletes. Take the time to record them in their lifts and give them real and specific feedback as you watch together.

This way you will see a tremendous amount of improvement as they watch themselves and make specific corrections.

Watch: Commentary 6

Progressive Overload In Lifting

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Working with your clients and getting them to consistently and continually make gains in their lifts is all about working the percentages.

If you program in such a way to add progressive loads by percentage to their lifts on a weekly basis, chances are you will get them to hit personal records.

Now, of course there is going to be the issue of hitting a plateau, and you want to be aware of how to break them through and over that plateau. One thing you can do is not only work the percentages in their training system, but you can also include a de-load week for them.

The point of the de-load is to let muscles repair and rest for the next big sequence in training. If you don’t give the muscles this sort of active rest, you will certainly have a difficult time getting your clients to the next step of training.

So always remember to not only hit those percentages, but also hit and schedule in those de-load weeks. And chances are your clients will have a hard time with the de-load week; they probably won’t like it. But explain it to them and keep them on that road of making gains.

Read the full article: 8 ways to keep making progressive gains

Mistakes Lifters Make

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Lifting is a journey on which we can be helped by many different people. Today we get a nice look and perspective from Kendrick Farris, Olympic Lifter and all around great guy. He shares some of his achievements, but more importantly, he shares with us his mistakes.

This is helpful to listen to as we think through our own programming and mistakes we make along the way. To learn from another’s mistakes is one of the greatest things we can do. It saves us time, effort and injury. It also helps us to achieve our goals in a much faster and straight forward manner.

Take a look and learn what you can from this man.

 

Watch: Learn from my mistakes