This is a simple periodized template that you can use to generate a run training program for any distance of race. As simple as it is, it follows the basic scientific principles of periodization and considers the adaptation rate for all of the systems of the body. For more detailed explanation see my run training guide. The template can be downloaded here.
Most people who fail to get results fail because they switch programs too often, quit too soon, or they are too inconsistent. The issue is almost never that their program is too simple. I watched some of the strongest drug free powerlifters in the country train for years at Silverback’s gym. Their programming was always very simple, rarely exceeding a handful of exercises. The secret […]
Can pushups be used as a substitute for bench presses? Can an athlete develop as much pushing strength using pushups as they can with bench presses? A recent study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research attempted to answer these questions. They used 30 university students with advanced resistance training experience. Some trained with bench press only and others with pushups only (plus […]
A 2014 review paper by Ogborn and Schoenfeld does a great job of summarizing what is known at this point about training slow twitch muscles for hypertrophy. Here are some of the key issues: • Type II (fast twitch) fibers display superior growth following high intensity (heavy) loading, approximately 50% greater than type I (slow twitch). • If loading is greater than 50% of 1 […]
There are 3 basic types of muscle contractions, concentric, isometric, and eccentric. Concentric contractions are when the muscle is contracting while shortening. Think of the up portion of a one arm dumbbell curl. An isometric contraction is when the muscle contracts without shortening. In this case if we curl the dumbbell up half way and hold it, we would be doing an isometric contraction during […]
While running, the musculoskeletal system of the body acts like a compressible shock absorber. When your foot makes contact with the ground you compress the shock. When you push off the spring energy of the shock augments muscular force to make you go faster. You spring forward. This spring effect augments muscular force. The spring works best when it is stiff and there are no […]
The most widely used equation to predict maximum heart rate (the highest heart rate that a person can achieve) is: Max Heart Rate = 220-Age in Years. For example, predicted maximum heart rate for a 20 year old would be 220 – 20 = 200 beats per minute. How accurate is that formula? Not very. Look at the graph below, which represents actual measured maximum […]