Fitness over 50

Visualization for Powerlifters

Visualization is the process of using a purely mental rehearsal of a power lift to develop the neural pathways that control your body during the physical execution of the lift.  This is training your brain to make your body do what you want it to when you do a...

7 strategies to train hard but not get burned out

Overtraining = too much of a good thing As people who love to lift a lot of heavy stuff, we often find ourselves working too hard in the gym and having our powerlifting performance suffer as a result. The great bulk of the general public equates happiness as being...

Realizing your full potential as a lifter : Part 2 – Building Body Awareness and Muscle Control

Getting the most out of the time and effort you expend in workouts is something that all of us want. Last week I discussed how to take an overview of your training with a solid plan, eliminate junk work, and focusing on recovery. This week Ill focus on how to use a...

Getting maximum value from your workouts

Getting maximum value from your workouts is something that all of us want to do. We bust our butts in the gym and would like to believe that all thats work is getting us what we want. Over several decades of my own training and coaching plus watching others in the...

Avoid injuries when getting back in shape after a lay-off

Getting back in good physical condition after extended lay-off can be a perilous undertaking. Over the decades I have been involved in sports training I have seen lots of people completely mess up their comeback attempts by getting injured. Many of these people have...

Get the most out of PR attempts done in training

Many lifters are not systematic about attempting personal record (PR) lifts during their regular training. They will often try for a personal best on the spur of the moment because they feel strong that day. This approach may result in a good lift, but being...

Improve your lifting: Find your Blind Spots

Last night my wifes granddaughter was at dinner with us. She is a hot shot high school basketball player currently getting ready for her senior season. While discussing her pre-season training, she mentioned one of her team mates who practices all the time, and never...

Tricks for Getting Tougher: Check out “The Iceman”

Im always harping on the necessity of learning new things that could help your lifting and fitness. A few months ago, I read a book called The Way of the Iceman that I believe has some valuable insights that can help both regular fitness people and those of us who are...

Stay fit while traveling: Quick Tips

When I first began regular business traveling in the 1970s, most people considered working out to be a form of mental illness. Things are very different now. There are usually good gyms in almost any town. You will find people running on the street in the most remote...