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5 Powerful Things I've Learned From 35 Years of Strength Training


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What I have learned in the trenches over the last three decades. Don't make these mistakes.

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5 Powerful Things I've Learned From 35 Years of Strength Training

  1. 1. 5 Powerful Things Iv’e Learned From 35 Years Strength Training Perry Nickelston, DC, NKT, FMS, SFMA
  2. 2. #1 More Ain’t Always Better • Biggest mistake I see people make is overtraining • Stimulate don’t annihilate • Too many sets and training days will slow your progress
  3. 3. #2 WTF is an Eccentric? • #1 mistake I see is concentrating on the concentric phase and not the eccentric • Get hurt in the eccentric phase when you cannot control force. Deceleration! • Stronger during eccentric by as much as 1.75x. Never let gravity do the work
  4. 4. #3 It’s what, when and how you eat? • Training takes a distant second to nutrition. It’s not even close. Every diet works for awhile • All calories are not the same and you can’t live on protein powders • Hormones determine strength and food influences hormones. So does your training
  5. 5. #4 Cardio Smardio • Cardio only works when your nutrition works (reference #3 again) Eat better and you need less cardio • Fat loss cardio nothing beats the empty stomach in the morning crazy train • Full body movements are the key to metabolism
  6. 6. #5 Old School Kicks the shit out of new school • Back to basics (Bookend basics squat and deadlift) • Skinny leg syndrome because they are hard to do. Gladiator style • Your body is the ultimate machine. Move it around equipment not the other way around.
  7. 7. Bonus: If you are ugly on the inside you are ugly on the outside • Remember why you started training in the first place. Sucked into the dark side. • Don’t lose yourself in the quest for perfection because it doesn't exist • You train to increase the quality of your life, not to replace your life.
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