All posts filed under: strength

When To Go Hard and When Not to at the Gym

Originally posted on Cody's Barbell Club:
I get it. You want fast results and the only way to do that is to train hard and workout hard. And you know what? I agree 100%. There’s no doubt hard work needs to happen to build muscle, get lean, become more athletic, and get in the shape you want. But, you know what’s also true? Training smart. Meaning: adapting your workout to the way your body feels based on sleep, stress, energy levels, injury status (if any), and life in general. Let’s be realistic guys. Not every workout you have will be your absolute best or your hardest. Why? Because getting into better shape isn’t linear and your workouts aren’t either. It may seem that way in the beginning, but eventually your results will start to level off like an exponential curve and you’ll have to get smart and creative by testing your body in new ways, like lifting heavier weights or adding new variations and exercises, and making recovery a point of emphasis, to get into better shape and health. Not only that,…

A Letter to Myself and to Everyone Out There

Originally posted on Toast and Tea:
Dear you! You are my lover, my friend, my family. You are myself, and you are my everything. When everyone else leaves, you are all I have left. It breaks my heart to see how much you have been struggling with work and your relationship with people lately. I know how hard it could be to be in your shoes, and what gives me more pain is the fact that you think no one can be there for you when you need someone to talk to; and it is sad to know how often you give in to your anxiety every single time.. But this I say to you… You will be okay. I believe in your abilities to make yourself feel better on your own. You have lived through the years and you get by every day. I know sometimes you feel like ending all of your problems permanently, but you still choose to live and to love yourself every single day. That is just one proof of how strong you are. You are strong. You…

Genes and Addiction by Lisa Ann Catano

Originally posted on David Snape and Friends – The place to show off your hidden talents:
Dr Bruce Lipton, a cellular biologist who was at the University of Wisconsin cloning human muscle cells, is best known for challenging the existing belief which purports that the human body is controlled by genes. In his video The Biology of Perception, he demonstrates to the audience using basic science combined with research material from his experiments on stem cells dating back to 1967, that contrary to belief perception controls biology.  Dr Lipton explains and I summarise: In one of his experiments a stem cell was isolated and put into a petri dish (a cell-culture dish) where it divided every ten hours. The cells were then split up into three groups and placed into separate petri dishes. In each of the three dishes the growth medium was changed which is the constituents of the environment. Surprisingly in the first dish the cells formed bone, in the second dish they formed muscle, and in the third dish they formed fat…

My Wish for You, My Single Friend…

Originally posted on Midlife Moments:
I have a friend who is newly single. I watched as she navigated her break-up with her significant other. I supported her as she went through the initial stages of grief .. anger .. bargaining .. denial … depression … acceptance. I let her talk … and cry .. and vent … and held her in my heart as the fear … that fathomless fear …. of being alone crashed into her world. She is through the worst of the initial stuff and is settling into her single life. I, as a single woman and a writer, seem to her like a guide that can help her to step into being single and have a full life regardless of whether or not that space in her bed is ever filled again. My friend, I may seem like a guide that does it with grace, but know that everything you feel, I feel. Being single … like being married … is not an easy path. But I’ve come to know that…

Using the Minimal Effective Effort for Strength Gains

Originally posted on Cody's Barbell Club:
? Working out for me is about many things. I love the challenge; the struggle; the growth; and the drive to be better. To me there’s almost nothing better than getting stronger, more functional, athletic, and, of course, looking good in my underwear. This is not to mention that I truly enjoy it and it’s something that I just love doing. That being said, however, is that up until recently my progress and enjoyment stagnated. I just wasn’t getting stronger and that doesn’t equal fun. Even though I would spend a solid 2 hours in the gym beating myself up there really was no improvement. I plateaued and was left wondering why. So, what did I do? I started to do minimum effective effort, or dose, type style of training. What does this exactly mean? It means that I only do what is minimally required to achieve significant strength gains while preventing unnecessary wear and tear on my body. At first, I didn’t plan on giving this any thought, largely because I enjoy working…