Part II of Monday’s Post (Cause That’s How I Roll)

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First things first, I thought all you New Englanders were tough. You call this past weekend a snow storm?????? Hahahahahahahahaahahahaahahahahaha. Please. Where I’m from, that was a dusting. And what’s the deal with people being asshats and shoveling out their cars, only to pile the snow in front of someone elses? If there’s ever a reason to drop kick someone in the lips, then that’s it.

Without any further ado, as promised, here’s part II of yesterday’s blog post.

6. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Sometimes “stuff” just doesn’t look pretty when you’re lifting heavy shit. That’s NOT to say that we don’t stress proper form and technique with our clients and athletes at CP. However, we also realize that at times, there IS such a thing as over-coaching an athlete.

I often find it frustrating that many trainers get stuck on minutia, and will often use big words to make it sound like they know what they’re talking about. Without getting into too many specifics, lets just say that if more trainers spent their time focusing on getting their athletes stronger, and less time fretting about the fact that their right knee exhibited some slight valgus (caving in) on their heavy squats (GASP!!!!!!!!!!), I’d be less inclined to want to throw myself in front of a mack truck.

Just to be clear, I am not saying that you shouldn’t address the issue if it’s blatantly obvious that it may lead to injury. However, sometimes you just need to let the athlete do his/her thing and understand that it’s not always going to look pretty when they’re lifting more weight then you ever will.

7. I’ve been catching up on my Strengthcoach.com podcasts in the car and I’ve been picking up a few simple tips that I’ve been sharing with my clients. One such tip comes from nutritionist Amanda Carlson concerning hydration and just how important it really is. According to Carlson, some recent research shows that just a half a liter in deficit in water can cause an increase in stress hormones as well as cause you to feel hungry more often. Not exactly a great scenario when looking to keep the access lb’s at bay.

Additionally, from a performance standpoint, a two percent decrease in body weight (due to dehydration through sweating) can decrease performance upwards to 25%. Yowsa!

Just goes to show how important staying hydrated really is. And please, for the love of all that’s holy, put down the Vitamin Water. I’d rather you drink raw sewage than that crap (pun totally intended).

8. I’m always interested in getting feedback from my readers on what they would like to see me write about. So consider this your open forum to give me suggestions on articles you would like to see in 2009. Admittedly I’ve been a super slacker in the article writing department the past few months, and I’ve declared my New Year’s resolution to be an article writing whore in 2009. I’ve already made an article queue in my head, but other ideas would be welcome.

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Dear Hot Chick,

You’re hot.

Love,

Tony

PS: I cordially invite you to come squat at CP anytime you want (e-mail me for directions. tonyheartsgirlswhosquat@yahoo.com).

PPS: you look really smart.

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