If you’re disregarding the advice of an experienced lifter in favor of the latest study, you may be doing yourself a disservice. And you definitely look like a punk. …read more
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In part 1 of the series we spoke about the importance of screening, specificity, education and expectations and managing exercise frequency and volume. If you missed part 1 of this article series I recommend going back and reading it first. Next we’ll keep on trucking into the next 4 key principles I like to employ in my programming:
5) Skill Practice
Learning and mastering complex exercises takes time and discipline. I like to think of it this way. Sports like olympic lifting, gymnastics, running and rowing are sports that people devote their entire lives to gaining mastery in. It makes sense that if you’re now involved in a fitness program that combines all of those disciplines into one activity that you’re not going to be super proficient in every skill right away.
These activities should be given time and practice and not always treated like another exercise performed in sets and reps. If your programming is going to include complex movements like snatching, cleaning and muscle-ups then ample time must be devoted to mastering these exercises.
When learning or practicing complex skills it’s usually best to practice them in a fresh state at the start of a workout (only to be trained in a fatigued state if that’s what you’ll be expected to do in competition).
I for one am not a big fan of putting complex movements into a workout in an extremely fatigued state (For the general population). You’ve got to take my physical therapy background into account. When I see someone get hurt performing a complex movement like a muscle-up it’s usually in a fatigued state or part of a fatiguing workout. I feel that there are much more basic exercises (pushups, rowing, running, burpees, wall balls etc.) that can be used to get a great conditioning effect without the risk of injury when your technique …read more
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