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Make It Count…

How important is a single moment? I once read a magazine article entirely devoted to one set of barbell rows performed by the great Dorian Yates. The six-time Olympian world champion believed in efficiency. For over sixty years, there has been an ongoing debate regarding the number of reps and sets required to maximize ones muscular potential, but there was no debate about who the world champion was at that time. One of my favorite quotes is “The proof is in the pudding”. Whatever this athlete was doing was working… so I read the writers words intently, carefully saving each descriptive phrase into my memory.  As I read, I began to grasp the writer’s deep appreciation for the champion’s method. The article spared no detail or a doubt as to the lifter’s purpose. I was convinced that Dorian’s efficiency was his edge. I committed myself to maximizing every workout, every set, and every rep. Continue reading Make It Count…

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M.I.B (Mission Impossible)

  1. Chin-ups x 3-6 or reverse bench press (modified pull-ups)
  2. Toe Touch x 25 (sitting on your sit-bones with feet in the air knees bent slightly) 
  3. Squat Thrusts (Touch floor with hands on squat) x 20
  4. Burpees with Jump x 5
  5. Bench Dips x 20
  6. Toe Touch x 15
  7. Squat Thrusts x 15
  8. Pushups x 10 (full 90 degrees elbows)
  9. Toe Touch x 25
  10. Squat Thrusts x 20
  11. Jumping Lunges x 20 ea.
  12. Chins x 3-6 or reverse bench press (modified pull-ups)
  13. Toe Touch x 10
  14. Squat Thrusts x 10
  15. Pogo over Versa Bar x 60 sec
  16. High Knees x 60 sec (knees up to waist)
  17. Squat Thrust Touch floor x 15

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The Ab-Solute Truth

The Ab-Solute Truth

2009
Lee Brinn  – 4 weeks out from comp 2009

Everybody would like great looking abs. But with so many different opinions regarding how to get them, who knows what to do?  I think its a good time for a detailed review of the abdominal training fundamentals. Here’s what you need to know:
It’s all one muscle*
There has long been a misconception that there are “upper” and “lower” abs, but in fact your abdominals are one long, flat sheet of muscle that runs from the bottom of the breastbone to the top of the pelvis. You work the whole muscle with virtually any abdominal exercise you do. Reverse crunches are no more effective for working the lower fibers of the abdominal wall than standard crunches. If you want to get more of those lower fibers working, concentrate on Continue reading The Ab-Solute Truth

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