I hope everyone is having a great week so far. The bulk of it is over so the weekend is just around the corner. With that being said, I’ve decided to put together a few random thoughts I’ve had throughout the week (the few that I have atleast) and topics that come up frequently in the gym. Don’t be surprised if they’re not all related.
1) Carb Back-loading– Yes, I have jumped on the carb back-loading band wagon, but with a twist. John Kiefer has released a couple of books (CBL 1.0 and The Carb Night Solution) on dieting that go against anything anybody has told you about dieting, basically eat no carbs in the morning and a bunch of crappy carbs at night (pie, pizza, cheeseburgers, etc.). Now, don’t go eating a bunch of crap at night for the next couple of weeks and come back telling me that you’ve put on weight. If you’re interested, read the book, understand the science and reasoning, then do it. Anyway, I’ve been doing a paleo version of the diet. It’s different in that my night carbs are all fruits and white potatoes (and peanut butter and jelly…..yum!) instead of the junk Kiefer says to eat. Why? Well, I can’t bring myself to say that it is OK to eat junk knowing the effects it will have on my digestive system, arteries and any other internal organ junk food will effect. I’ve certainly gotten rid of some unwanted body fat, now I’m trying to figure out what I need to adjust to start putting on lean mass. Never ending cycle.
2) Peaking– This is something I learned from Sergeant Major Ron Grenier a long time ago when I first stepped into the world of weight lifting. Peaking refers to the placement of your hands during a dumbbell pressing movement. For instance, generally, if you tell somebody to do a dumbbell shoulder press they will press the weight straight to the sky and bring the dumbbells together with the dumbbells completely parallel throughout the movement. When you peak your dumbbells, you push your pinkies to the sky, creating a “V” at the top of the movement. Now, you don’t want it to be too drastic, just enough of an angle to put more pressure on the delts if your doing shoulder presses or chest if you’re doing chest pressing variations. Why do I like pressing dumbbells like this? It’s harder….simple enough. It changes the weight distribution just enough to put more emphasis on the part being trained.
3) Fantasy Football- Why does it seem like every time one of my players gets hurt, they all do? Now granted, I’m no hardcore fantasy footballer by any stretch, but I like to at least be competitive. My team is projected to win this week so hopefully they can turn this 0-3 season I’ve started. At least I usually get first dibs in the waiver wire.
Well, that’s all I have time for right now….or maybe that’s all the thoughts I’ve had this week. Either way, I hope everyone has a great weekend. Next week I will putting up a guest post by North Carolina Central University’s strength & conditioning GA Brandon Lee. He has some good insights on going about getting a GA position and what to prepare for when you get there. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I plan to.