Training Legs!

Posted: June 10, 2015 in General Tips

Try deficit pulls when attempting to increase your deadlift strength!

The added 2′ platform in which you stand on will increase the difficulty in getting out of the hole and pushing through the first part of the range of motion. When you eventually remove the platform you will be able to perform the same weight with much more ease. For some added fun we through in some resistance bands!!

I think it’s safe to say everyone loves knowing what the max amount of weight they can push around is. The only problem is most people are unaware as to how to actually warm up to perform their maximum lift.

The first thing you want to do is calculate the actual number of your predicted 1RM. The easiest way to figure this out is to use an online calculator in which you will enter the amount of weight and reps you can do as of now (ex. you currently deadlift 315 for a max 8 reps etc.) The computer will then give you a predicted 1RM based off those numbers. Now, it’s not as simple as doing 2-3 warm up sets then give’r and attempt your max weight. Here’s a great way to go about your warm up sets to accurately test your 1RM and ensuring your body doesn’t fatigue or overexert itself prior to the lift.

Set 1: 30-50% of 1RM for 6-8 reps (Rest – 2min)
Set 2: 60% of 1RM for 5 reps (Rest – 2min)
Set 3: 70% of 1RM for 3 reps (Rest – 3min)
Set 4: 80% of 1RM for 1 rep (Rest – 3min)
Set 5: 90% of 1RM for 1 rep (Rest – 5+min)
Set 6 (max out): 100% of 1RM for 1 rep (Rest – 5-15min)
Set 7 (max out): 102-105% of 1RM for 1 rep (Rest – 5-15min)

Gladiator!

Posted: May 6, 2014 in General Tips
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What an awesome experience this past weekend with my girlfriend having our very first couples shoot with Jim Hagen Photography! We had some pretty crazy costumes and got some insane shots in in Gladiator and Predator outfits.

 

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Smash those shoulders!

Everyone loves some crazy round delts so here is one of my favourite combination of exercises to help bring up and fill out your shoulders

A1. BB Upright Row: 4×15,12,10,10drop
B1. DB Shoulder Press: 4×12,10,10,8drop
C1. DB Laterals: 4×15,12,10,8double drop
D1. Reverse Fly: 4×12
E1. Straight Bar Front Raise: 2-3×12-15
E2. Seated Laterals: 2-3xburnout

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Aside  —  Posted: February 20, 2014 in General Tips, Routines
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There’s too much negativity around the use of machines in gaining quality muscle mass. Yes free weights will generate greater increases in muscle and strength gains however you should incorporate both into your regular routines. Machines allow you to give your muscles some added resistance and offer a completely different feel to the exercise. Keep your body guessing and mix up your routines by adding in machines to get the best results!IMG_2963

Everyone Has To Start Somewhere!

Posted: November 10, 2013 in General Tips

For all those who go to the gym and get discouraged when they can’t lift as much as they’d like too or feel as if they’ll never reach their goals remember that EVERYONE, including the best in the world, all had to start somewhere!

It’s not about how much you can lift today, but rather what you’re willing to do to lift more tomorrow!MU5tFLd