domenica 4 dicembre 2011

It's Wedding Season

Given that “It’s Wedding Season”…ala Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, “You sandbaggin’ SOB”…we’ll use that as the theme for this weeks post.The Transfer Effect series of articles went over pretty well a few months back.  The transfer effect is a phrase used to describe the degree to which a general movement promotes adaptation in performance of a specific skill. When selecting exercises it is necessary to choose those that have the highest degree of positive transfer potential. If you are a new reader, or missed them the first time around, you can find them here:Few training programs have been given as much attention in recent years as the Texas Method, as a program intended to improve strength in the non-beginner, but not quite advanced athlete.  The exercises will change based on training goals, but the gist of the Texas Method is something like this:Monday: 5 sets of 5 reps (same weight for all sets, trying to increase each week)
Wednesday: 2 light sets of 5 (usually 10-20kg less than Monday)
Friday: Max set of 5 (4-5 sets of 5 reps, increasing weight each set, and trying to set a new record each week)
This basic outline has been taken one step further by Justin Lascek (the Mayor of who has written a new ebook that is an excellent resource and guide for the application of the Texas Method.  64 pages, 25,000 words, and over 30 tables, figures, and pictures that lays the foundation for basic programming, outlines the Texas Method template, how to transition into it, how to progress and tweak it, and how to use the Texas Method for various sub-goals like swollertrophy, conditioning, and power development.Two recent threads over at the Pendlay forum that may be of use:I maintain the Recovery sub-forum over there and try my best to post / answer questions related to the recovery process and the stuff that you can do outside of the gym to make the training inside more effective.

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