Saturday, March 11, 2017

5 Arnold Classic Pro Tips

The Arnold Classic has come and gone yet one more time and TeamEvilGSP was in the mix once again. Rather than pen a wrap-up type piece I thought perhaps I'd give you a few tips and tricks we've picked up over the last decade of ASF going.

First and foremost when booking your lodging look at the outlying towns. Towns like Dublin are only 10-15 minutes from the downtown and Expo center and are always cheaper and easier to book.

Second tip, study the ASF website to learn the layout and schedule of the attractions you see most interested in. Walking blind into the unadulterated mayhem that is the Arnold Classic is never an effective plan.

Third, take advantage of the FREE parking shuttles. One of the very best tips I can offer you is to park at one of the many satellite location around town like the fairgrounds and take the FREE shuttles to all the other locations. The shuttles are full-sized tour buses and get priority on the roadway, they will get you to your destination faster than you can on your own!

Fourth, pack some bottles of water (or whatever you care for) and some travel-friendly food like protein bars. The few food vendors in the expo are INSANELY BIZZY and fairly high priced. Bringing even a simple snack can save you a ton of time and money.

The fifth tip is a big one, stay for Sunday. Intact try to plan on Sunday bring the day you shop the Expo booths. Sunday you will find the crowds much smaller and more manageable. In addition, the expo vendors are more receptive to negotiation rather than face repacking and shipping product a second time. This is the day for the real deals if you take the time and work the room.

A quick bonus tip, network, network, network! It's easy to be overwhelmed by the size and scope of the event, take steps to ensure you make introductions. If you don't have already, print biz cards and hand them out liberally. Vendors love to get access to potential clients so it's never an imposition, and just might be the potential dialog you need in the future.


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Monday, October 10, 2016

Don't Be An "A"Hole

Alternate Title:
Don't call yourself a strongman if you are NOT!!!

The inescapable theme pervading modern strength training is the idea of "work Your Weaknesses". Very good and practical advice for elite lifters and strength athletes, however for the less advanced it may, in fact, be problematic at best.

   ...…...How can addressing your weaknesses ever be a "bad" idea you ask.......

Let's say Strongman "A" is new to strongman and new to strength sports in general. "A" competes in a local event and does well in the NOVICE division. After reviewing his performance "A" identifies overhead pressing as his prevailing weakness.
        ………...Sounds Logical So Far You Say.................

"A' now prioritizes his training to bring up his OHP to the standards of his other events
(strengths), But remember "A" is a novice and his "good" events are likely abysmal by national standards! So now after a full training cycle "A" is (potentially) a rounded novice.............not MY idea of a well developed long term goal!

I submit that "A's" better course of action would be to implement a more basic and rounded training protocol with the goal of bringing up  his body weight and general strength to a more "nationally" competitive level. It is my experience as a coach that often just training to be STRONG for an extended period of time has the unexpected (too many) effect of "smoothing out" weaknesses!

So many times an "A" type lifter will come to me for coaching and say something like "I'm 100kg and my OHP (or whatever) isn't as good as the other 105kg guys" My response is always YOU NEED 5kg BEFORE YOU CAN MAKE A COMPARISON! 5kg is a WHOPPING pile of muscle, even in unrelated/ correlated muscle groups it will have a measurable impact on OHP performance! Trust me as a coach, no amount of shoulder specialization will pile on 5kg of raw muscle!!!!

My goal here is not to question the value of knowing and evaluation your weaknesses, but rather to question the standard (the prevailing standard that is) definition of weakness!

As a rough guide, I'd say if you do not have a minimum of a double bodyweight squat and deadlift and perhaps a bodyweight or better bench press you may not use the term "Strongman" to describe yourself no matter how many times you've competed!.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

A Few Of My Favorite Things: Optimum Nutrition Oats and Whey!

This is the continuation of a  serial style segment titled "a few of my favorite things".

The intended purpose of for this series is to both allow me to do "mini product reviews" as well as bring you market awareness of some of the industries more niche products and items I like that I feel you should be aware of!

Optimum Nutrition Oats and Whey!:
Oats and whey are fundamental elements of an athlete's diet. Naturally low in sugar, oats supply slow-burning complex carbohydrates and hunger-filling dietary fiber. Whey proteins are readily digested and provide considerable amounts of essential amino acids, especially the three branched chain amino acids (BCAAs). Optimum Nutrition's Natural 100% Oats & Whey combines the benefits of these nutritional powerhouses in a smooth, drinkable shake that's quick to prepare and equally easy to clean up after. Each serving packs in 24 grams of all-whey protein and as much fiber as a big bowl of oatmeal. Better yet, it tastes great, and it goes down easy. As the name suggests, Natural 100% Oats & Whey is free of artificial flavors and sweeteners. So naturally, it's great for breakfast, after workouts, and anytime that you're looking for an on-the-go meal.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Music is Music????

All music and therefore musical instruments share some overriding  similarities, the structure of music, the auditory range of the human ear, even popular culture and geography. Despite the vast and undeniable similarities and even outright equalities, musical instruments and the skills needed to master them varies greatly!

The general attitude is to choose one (instrument or at most one family of instruments) and “specialize’ on learning and mastering it! Sure a piano player “understands” music and may even de facto know how to play a xylophone…….however he or she will always be better at their chosen piece; the piano!

Now Let's Pause For A Moment Of Logic

Why then do Powerlifters (and many other types of athletes) spend so much valuable time “learning lifts and movements they explicitly choose not to specialize on? If you are or intend to be a competitive powerlifter the only pressing movement of consequence is the Bench Press.

Just as in music specializing on the bench press will give an athlete inherent skills and knowledge relevant to other chest/pressing movements for certain, but a simple cost to benefit analysis should support the idea that the competitive bench press is of the highest priority to someone hoping to compete in the competitive bench press.

I'm not trying to make the argument that Powerlifters should do nothing but the “big three” (although I could), I'm simply hoping to get you to consider and possibly question your training priorities for the future!

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Monday, July 4, 2016

A Few Of My Favorite Things: All Things Gym Youtube Channel

This is the continuation of a  serial style segment titled "a few of my favorite things".

The intended purpose of for this series is to both allow me to do "mini product reviews" as well as bring you market awareness of some of the industries more niche products and items I like that I feel you should be aware of!

All Things Gym Youtube Channel:
Endless Olympic Lifting In an Interesting Enjoyable Format!

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Monday, June 27, 2016

A Few Of My Favorite Things: Big 100

This is the continuation of a  serial style segment titled "a few of my favorite things". 

The intended purpose of for this series is to both allow me to do "mini product reviews" as well as bring you market awareness of some of the industries more niche products and items I like that I feel you should be aware of!

My go-to bar for a quick meal on the road!

The Big 100 is packed with the fuel you need in a meal replacement bar. Our exclusive Metamyosyn® protein blend packs this bar with everything you need to recover from a workout and stay energized through the day. 

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

FAT FUCKS with shaker cups!

I'm sure the modern gym “bro” isn't very comfortable with the idea of critical thinking or outright logic! In spite of the given id like to point out a super simple concept……...

If too much is the problem, MORE CANNOT BE THE SOLUTION!

If food (kilocalories) is the problem then food (kilocalories) can be in no way part of the solution. With that said why is every gym and fitness center in the Western World filled with FAT FUCKS with shaker cup? Every minute of every day you can  find legions of “Athletes” sporting 20 plus percent body fat swilling pre. Intra and post workout swills as they plod along pointlessly on “cardio” equipment!

How fucking silly is it to think that Joe Average Gym-Mullet can’t even manage a 45-60 min training session without needing vast amounts of “portable” infusion of nutrition?

LISTEN……………...i can hear them now…………………….”I don't want to turn catabolic” or “Pro Bodybuilder X swears by his intra workout potion”!

On the first point: Fat burning is by definition a catabolic event dumb ass! If you're unwilling to “go catabolic” even for a moment you're destined to be one of the western world's unathletic sumo-wannabes AKA a FAT FUCK!

On the second point: Pro bodybuilders (and most pro athletes” are NOT %20 body fat and almost always have a much greater accumulation of muscle mass that JAGM (Joe Average Gym Mullet) making any and all comparisons between the two STUPID! Plus I'm quite certain that Pro Bodybuilder X (or any pro athlete) gets PAID to ENDORSE whatever goofy product is in question!

So In Short, Don't Be A FAT FUCK With A Shaker Cup
Unless Recreational Sumo Appeals To You!

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