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Coaching Spotlight W/ Nigel: Part 6, Order From Chaos

Order From Chaos Most of my clients are unable to use a gym right now due to gym closures or self-isolation. I have encouraged even those with access to a gym to stay home. While it is the right thing to do, staying home and almost never going out is extremely disruptive to our routine, and so...

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Coaching Spotlight W/ Nigel: Part 5, Embrace Uncertainty

Embrace Uncertainty Last week I gave you some programming suggestions if you are feeling uncertain or anxious while prepping for a meet. I want to keep talking about that issue today, and I want to tell you that it is OKAY to feel anxious or stressed when you are prepping. When I compete, I...

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Coaching Spotlight W/ Nigel: Part 4, Gaining Confidence Before A Meet

Gaining Confidence Before A Meet Last week I urged any lifters prepping for a meet to avoid a test day too close to competition day. Now, I want to give you some suggestions for what you can do if you are getting close to a meet and feel like you “don’t know where you are at.” If you are...

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One Of The Main Limiting Factors At The Gym....Time

One Of The Main Limiting Factors At The Gym....Time Time is one of the main limiting factors in the gym. Some people have 3 hours 4-5 times a week to spend in the gym, and for them the issue becomes avoiding doing too much, but for most people the concern when programming or planning is how to...

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Heavy Weight Will Feel Heavy

A Heavy Weight Will Feel Heavy Heavy weights will always feel heavy. Any time you are hitting a new PR, a new max, that weight will feel like a max! But here’s the thing, we can condition our minds to perceive weights as heavier than they are, making those PRs that much harder to hit....

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Coaching Spotlight W/ Nigel: Part 3, Resist The Temptation

Resist The Temptation A common temptation lifters feel as they are preparing for a test day or competition is to do a test before the test. “I just want to see where I’m at.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told that by lifters. To some extent this urge stems from a lack of...

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Stop Lifting The Same Weight!

Stop Lifting The Same Weight Plateaus are a part of training. Your strength, skill, endurance, bodyweight (whether you are gaining or losing), none of it will progress in a straight line. There will be times of great improvement where everything feels great, but also times where you feel...

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Coaching Spotlight W/ Nigel: Part 2, Learning From Failure

Learning From Failure Last week I talked about how often you should compete. I had to learn my own lesson early in my career. I did my very first meet in December 2012. It didn’t go well, but that’s pretty normal and I’ll write about that in the future. I did my second meet in June 2014....

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The REAL Problem With Being Skinny Fat

You do not know your genetic potential. Nobody does! And the current research shows that where you start is not an accurate predictor of what you can hope to achieve. Despite this, too many people label themselves things like “skinny fat.” Implying that they can’t build muscle and can’t...

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