Shut Up and Lift
I had the pleasure of doing an interview for Jon-Erik Kawamoto’s site last week, and without tooting my own horn, I have to say it’s arguably one of my best ones, like, ever.
To read it in its entirety, you can go HERE.
But since I know a lot of people never click on the links (jerks), I wanted to post one of the questions – and my answer – here because I think it’s a message that a lot of people need to hear.
JK: From stalking you on Facebook and your blog, I know there is nothing more important in your life than deadlifting and bacon (and your new cat). There are a kagillion articles on deadlifting out there. In your expert opinion, what’s the best method/program to deadlift two ton Tessie?
TG: That is true, I do love bacon. And, it’s funny: if you would have told me five years ago that I’d eventually own a cat, I probably would have 1) laughed in your face, and 2) make some kind of joke that I was more likely to listen to John Mayer while eating tofu in my Prius on my way to a yoga class.
But it’s true, my name is Tony Gentilcore, and I own a cat (Dagny).
Who’s the most beautifulest pretty Princess on the planet???? You are, that’s who.
So bringing this to a more manly discussion, lets talk about deadlifts! What’s the best method/program to pull over two ton Tessie?
1. For starters, I really wish people would just get off the freakin internet, go to the gym, and actually lift some heavy shit. There are countless “internet warriors” out there that all they do is talk and talk and talk, and speculate, and argue, and brag about how many posts they have on any given forum, and any number of other things equally as dumb, and yet forget one key component: you need to actually lift some damn weight!
Stop talking, get your ass to the gym, place some weight on the bar, get angry, and then lift it……sometimes repeatedly.
2. Speaking more colloquially, it really comes down to one simple concept:
Here’s a personal reference. I didn’t start deadlifting until 2004. I shit you not, you can probably find posts on T-Nation where I’m asking people “what are these deadlifts you speak of?”
Like a lot of people I started out lifting weight at a young age and followed more of a body part per day split. Chest day, back day, blah blah blah. Trust me, a little piece of my soul dies just thinking about it. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I cringe looking back at how I trained as a high school and even collegiate athlete. If I ever had the chance to take a time machine back to 1994, I’d totally go back and Sparta kick myself in the face.
While I laugh and make fun of it, you know what? I always, and I mean ALWAYS had it in my mind to consistently try to lift heavier loads – whether it was adding a rep here and there, or incrementally increasing the load. That just made sense, ya know? I didn’t need anyone to tell me otherwise.
Anyways, so I started reading a few things here and there and slowly but surely started to understand that, for lack of a better term, I was training like a moron. I started incorporating deadlifts into my weekly training. I nixed the leg press, and started learning to squat to depth (a very humbling experience I might add).
One day I decided to test my 1RM deadlift. Mind you, I had NEVER tested my 1RM before. On day one I hit a 420 lb lift. Not too shabby. The kicker? I didn’t even train for it. All I did was focus on progressive overload. I wasn’t on internet forums arguing about foot placement or set/rep schemes or whether or not Han shot before Greedo (token Star Wars reference there). I was in the gym. Training.
Shut up, and train. It’s that simple. If more people did that…….they’d see marked improvements in their lifts.
I know that that wasn’t the “x’s and o’s” answer you were looking for, but I just feel that we’re living in an age where people are so inundated with information, that they’ve become paralyzed. It’s literally gotten to the point where people over-think things so much – should I do 5×5 or 4×4; So and so said I should wait 47 seconds between sets in order to elicit optimal growth hormone elevation; For max strength, this article said to use a 212 tempo, but my best friend’s brother’s second cousin’s Little League coach said to use a 311 tempo – that they forget one crucial thing.
To read the rest of the interview (it’s pretty awesome) go HERE.
Comments for This Entry
Chris TangrediGreat interview, and BTW Han did in fact shoot first!
August 7, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
TonyGentilcoreI concur. On both accounts.....;o)
August 8, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
TiredwarriorVery true. There are countless internet warriors, and some who love to talk about the countless "internet warriors".
August 7, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
TonyGentilcoreDually noted Mr. Passive Aggressive.
August 8, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
Kelsey Voldemort FigherWell said. Just pick up heavy stuff and strength is bound to occur. And welcome to the world of being a cat-person.
August 7, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
TonyGentilcorePeople like to make things more complicated for some reason.
August 8, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
JayI don't know why but I got stuck on the imagery of you trying to deadlift a cat after reading that... It made my day nonetheless.
August 7, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
Skyking1717I think those who spend a lot of time on the internet hunting for information are either just procrastinating, rationalizing, or just plain looking for an excuse not to work-out for the simple reason that it's HARD WORK! And it's work that we don't get monetary reward for doing. It's human nature to be lazy and to seek the path of least resistance, so unless one is very motivated...it's going to be that much harder to get off the internet and get themselves to work-out. Having said that...I think it's wise to also mention that MOST folks shouldn't "just pick up heavy stuff" unless they're already in pretty decent physical condition with a fairly strong core as a foundation. I've witnessed a few folks just trying to pick up very heavy stuff and they ended up in the hospital with slipped discs. Needless to say, it hasn't turned out very well for them long term. One of them is still wearing a back brace after some 20 years.
August 8, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
TonyGentilcoreWell said on both accounts SkyKing. I think if you read more of my stuff you'll understand that I'm all about taking the proper progressons and informing people on learning to know their limits. My comments in this particular post were just to get people to understand that in order to get stronger, you HAVE to continually add weight to the bar.
August 8, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
Walt"I can’t even begin to tell you how much I cringe looking back at how I trained as a high school and even collegiate athlete. If I ever had the chance to take a time machine back to 1994, I’d totally go back and Sparta kick myself in the face." Update your 1994 to my 1997 and I couldn't agree with that comment more! What you are doing for young athletes is undeniable!
August 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
TonyGentilcoreThanks Wait. Appreciate the the words.
August 13, 2012 at 6:09 am |
Matthew BernalActions speak louder than words, certainly not going to look at training the same way again.
August 11, 2012 at 10:00 am |
TonyGentilcoreTrust me Matt - you're waaaaaaay a head most guys your age. Good things are going to happen.
August 13, 2012 at 6:09 am |
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