The Pain Cave would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the friends and families of Lin Mcateer, who passed away Monday from injuries sustained in a car accident. We will all miss a friend and confidant.
As the cycle of life continues, we also want to wish Big A and family a huge congratulations on the birth of Giovanni, their second child. Another Italian to work at ESP later in life and take over the world.
Speaking about the cycle of life, today let’s talk about the cycle of training. When is the last time you actually wrote out a plan, or logged your workout information? Do you wander through sessions, bored out of your mind from doing the same ole thing? Chances are your body is too, so you need to give it a break and start anew.
Usually after time off, we want to start doing whole body movements that increase work capacity and challenge the entire kinetic chain, made up of muscle, skeletal and nervous systems. By combining lifts like sled dragging and pulling, deadlifts, cleans and odd object lifts, you pull the entire body into working together, getting it ready for increased workloads and time under tension later in the training cycle.
Also don’t forget about flexibility, as the body can only be as strong in certain ranges of motion if it knows it can take a stressed load in those positions. Most types of periodization want to bring up attributes successively, but that almost always means a loss in one area or another. If you’re not training for sport competition, its always best to bring all attributes up slowly, together.
Also its important not to get stuck in one specific area of work for too long a period, it burns you out and bores your body. That doesn’t mean that you need to change your workout every week or so, you still need to adapt to certain stimuli in order for the body to change. That’s where logging information becomes so important. If you notice you have been able to do 10 pull ups with 25lbs for a few weeks, its time to change something in the workout:
Please take the time to dedicate 100 pushups this weekend to Lin, and as always, train hard.