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It’s not about the math

Almost a decade ago, I was sitting in a lecture theatre in Virginia. The audience was filled with hyper-educated collegiate strength coaches. In the spaces between their bald heads and meaty necks I could see Natalia Verkhoshanksky. An accomplished sport scientist in her own right, she was also the daughter of the legendary Yuri Verkhoshanksky — who is credited as the father of plyometrics. A thick arm was raised and a question followed about precise… Continue reading It’s not about the math

9 tips for your next decade of training

I had originally titled this as Tips for Training Over 40 but most of this is just good advice for anyone who wants to play the long game of health and fitness. Address imbalances Sports are asymmetrical. Humans are asymmetrical. Life is asymmetrical. That’s just how it goes. While we don’t worry about absolute symmetry, we do like to keep strength and mobility in the same ballpark for the sake of injury prevention. So, while… Continue reading 9 tips for your next decade of training

Is this a Go-Through, Go-Around, or Go-Over Problem?

Yesterday, a friend asked about how we deal with injuries and other tough challenges at Bang. We have systems for dealing with constraints—but that doesn’t just mean physical ones. After all, pain and injury can be emotional too. It sucks to feel stuck. So, we have to work with the whole person—not just their body. To do this, we sometimes imagine constraints as a wall. Once we can see the wall clearly, we can choose… Continue reading Is this a Go-Through, Go-Around, or Go-Over Problem?

The truly hard stuff

Humans have no real defense for a great story. So, when we begin to explore exercise in any serious way, we have to tread carefully. The allure of fitness marketing is strong. It can be tricky to untangle it from the realities of a sustainable exercise practice. Hard is a compelling story. It’s appealing. It sells. Yet it often falls apart under pressure. That can’t be right. The real hard stuff is more like iron… Continue reading The truly hard stuff

Leave something in the tank

If you want to enjoy continuous progress in your exercise practice, there’s a high-level skill that you need to master. It’s not as granular as technique. It’s not as gritty as… grit. It’s bigger and more universal. It’s also easier—by definition. It’s about leaving something in the tank. That means both energy and motivation. The discipline here is to walk out a winner…. To finish the workout with a bit of energy to spare… To… Continue reading Leave something in the tank