One of the more popular (annoying) debates in fitness revolves around which repetition range produces the BEST results. People often confuse optimal with BEST. They assume that they aren’t doing something right or else they’d have all the results in the world.They don’t take into account how building muscle actually takes time, especially if you aren’t training correctly. All workouts aren’t created equally though, there is one rep range that works better.
The online nutrition landscape is littered with different approaches to eating. In reality, it makes a lot of confusion. Nutrition needs to be easy, after all, anything complex becomes harder to follow. And a nutrition approach that is harder to follow produces slower and short term results.
The internet blogging and fitness community is a funny place, as a matter of fact, it can be down right scary. While, at times, it seems to be the same people on different websites saying the same stuff, there are nuggets and tips that you can pull from any article.
Just going by the reaction on my Facebook page (you should join, it makes you cooler), the following post is going to incite some people and inspire others. Typically that happens when you attack long accepted “facts” and expose them as merely smoke and mirrors. The concept of building muscle and nutrition to facilitate that goal has been a personal research topic of mine for years which almost ALL the evidence pointing to the fact that you’re eat too many calories to build muscle…
Olympic athletes such as sprinter Allyson Felix, volleyball queen Kerri Walsh and swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte will no doubt be the subject of numerous stories leading up to their individual quests for gold at the 2012 Olympics. The fitness community will respond by wondering how they train and what type of diet they follow. Maybe it’s something we’re all born with, to wonder what someone else at the top does. Thus we try our hardest for a hour, a day or a lifetime to mirror their steps to achieve some goal.
The Olympians are inspiring…
And I’m here to tell you that there’s not a DAMN thing special about them.
It’s not because you’re not doing anything right. You might be doing EVERYTHING imaginable to get results but you still aren’t satisfied with the end goal. It’s not because you AREN’T doing certain exercises or because you are following a certain set and rep scheme. It has very little to do with what your eating, if you’re taking in enough calories or if you’re stuffing yourself silly.
It has EVERYTHING to do with the style of how you’re doing things.
Don’t hate the player, hate the game
Increasing your VO2 max is vital for any endurance athlete looking to improve their times. Runners, sprinters, cyclists and any distance athlete can benefit from increasing their vo2 max through their diet and training. Quite frankly, explosive athletes like football and basketball players should also aim at improving their vo2 max. Here’s some quick bullet point notes with some suggestions for improving your vo2 max.
If you’ve clicked over to our new supplement section anytime recently then you know my opinions on supplement usage, dosing and stacking is slightly more advanced than the stuff that you’ll read in the muscle magazines. I’m not going to wait to see something put out by the big companies in order to start using it on myself. Furthermore, I’m also not going to misinterpret the data.
When a new online client hires me for their performance training, I always make sure to include this little note about tempo training in their program since I used to ALWAYS get asked about it before hand.