Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 4/18/14

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I’ve been up since 3:30 this morning, so I don’t really have much to say at this point.  I’m thiiiis close to injecting some caffeine directly into my left ventricle.

For those who celebrate it, I hope you have a great Easter weekend.  Try not to overdo the peanut-butter eggs….;o)

And for those who don’t, I hope you, too, have a great weekend.

I’m out!

Accept Regression to Allow Progression – Anthony Dexmier

This is a topic I’ve touched on in the past: where regressing an exercise can be viewed as a progression.

A great example would be Goblet squats.

Many people will roll their eyes and think I’m crazy when I tell them to take the barbell off their back and revert to performing Goblet squats.  How can one possibly get stronger and jacked if they’re not back squatting?

What am I trying to do:  steal their gainz!?!?!

The thing is, a lot of people think they’re more advanced than they actually are.  It’s similar to what we see the first week of every season of American Idol, where those people who have been told by their Aunt Grace all their life they have the “voice of an angel,” when in fact they actually sound more like a rhinoceros passing a kidney stone.

The same can be said about squatting.  Some people just aren’t ready to get underneath a bar on day one.  A regression can be a progression.

Diaphragmatic Breathing: Implications in an Exercise Program and On-Field Performance – Miguel Aragoncillo

Talking about breathing – how we suck at it, how we can correct it, and how it can affect posture/performance/and a bad hair day – is all the rage in the fitness industry nowadays.

I understand why some people are skeptical and feel it’s just a trend that’s hot right now. I mean, Skechers used to be cool too.

I’ve seen how addressing one’s breathing patterns can have a profound influence on everything from pain to ROM deficits to posture to movement quality.  Sorry, it can’t fix a bad hair day.

In this post Miguel does a nice job in explaining some of the ins and outs of diaphragmatic breathing and how “owning your rib position” can make you a beast in the weight room.

P90x and Muscle Confusion: The Truth – Charles Staley

The whole idea of muscle confusion and how it’s important to place credence in it is a bunch of bullshit.

The human body is a lot smarter than some infomercial gives it credit for.

Stealing a line from the article itself:  Muscle confusion isn’t about preventing plateaus; it’s about giving beginners enough variety so they won’t immediately get bored and quit. And when you constantly vary your training, you might not be as likely to quit, but you’re not going to make any real progress.” 

Also, as a friendly reminder:  TODAY (Friday) is the last day to purchase Bret Contreras’s 2×4 Program at the sale price.

It’s a great resource, especially for those looking to get strong (and to add muscle).  I’ve started the program myself this week and am loving it.

The introductory offer ends tonight at midnight, so be sure to check it out HERE before then.

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