Training With A Chronic Illness

I had another awesome opportunity to write a guest post for Dean Somerset’s blog. If you haven’t yet read his stuff, you should do yourself a favor and start today. He is extremely intelligent and posts useful and so-that’s-why-that-happens type stuff. If you have a chronic illness or recovered from a long-term injury, I hear ya. Most of fitness literature out there focuses on on training methods to get stronger, bigger, leaner, healthier, etc.,– which is exactly what you’d expect an industry called “fitness” to talk about. There is, however, a small-ish (or perhaps not- so- small) portion of the population that has some form of chronic illness. Training for us is, well, different. My aim with this post is […]

Training Tip: Eliminate the Useless

I have been working my way through Easy Strength by Dan John and Pavel. If you are a coach, of any sport, reading it should prerequisite to taking that job. If you’re an athlete or self-trained person (like a weekend warrior), this book will change the way you approach training- definitely for the better. Between the two men, there is much wisdom packed into their words that I find myself taking notes on every page. Seriously, if you’re serious about training, you need to read this book. Dan John posited a fantastic question regarding training priorities that I wanted to pass along to our SAPT readers. “Let’s say, for some reason, you’ve found that you can only train for a total […]

Rate Of Force Development Part 2: Training and Increasing RFD

Last post, I went over some of the terms and definitions of rate of force development (RFD). I also mentioned motor units (MU) and if, at this point, you have no clue what I’m talking about, go back and read it. It’s right here. Why should you care about increasing your rate of force development? Answer: power sports (which is every sport to some degree) are dependent upon the ability to produce high levels of force at any given moment, like running away from a T-Rex. There are two main ways research and experience backs up to train RFD: explosive strength training (Newton et al. Med. Sciences Sports Exer. 1999) and maximal load training, i.e. picking up heavy stuff. (McBride et al, J. […]