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Written on July 25, 2013 at 8:27 am, by Eric Cressey
For the first decade of my career in the strength and conditioning field, I wasn't too charitable when it came to cardio machines. But recently I've learned the value of the rowing ergometer or "erg". I learned this by getting my butt handed to me!
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Written on January 31, 2013 at 8:57 am, by Eric Cressey
I wrote my first “What I Learned in” feature at T-Nation back in 2006. A lot has happened in over the past seven years, too. I’m not longer the young whippersnapper picking fights on the T-Nation forum anymore. Rather, I’ve morphed into an old man with a receding hairline – and I prefer to yell at the television and complain about the damn kids who walk on my lawn, rather than arguing with folks on the internet.
Written on May 16, 2012 at 8:05 am, by Eric Cressey
I’d wager that if you chatted with 100 lifters over the age of 30 with more than five years of strength training experience, they’d tell you that their triceps exercise selection has increasingly diminished with each passing year.
It’s sad and disturbing, but not unexpected.
Barbell and dumbbell triceps extension variations can kill the underside of the elbows.
Dips can irritate the medial aspect of the elbow in the bottom position, or just bother the AC joint at the shoulder girdle.
Written on February 18, 2012 at 1:53 am, by Eric Cressey
This marks the fifth year that I’ve been writing this year-end series for T Nation. In my first installment, I was fresh out of graduate school, so I drew heavily from the research I’d seen.
Nowadays, while I still read a lot of research, more of my “findings” have come from being in the trenches (where I’ve also acquired a receding hairline). Hopefully this year, you’ll find a nice blend of the two.
Written on August 25, 2011 at 8:38 pm, by Eric Cressey
Imagine two lifters standing near one another – each with a barbell loaded to 405 pounds on the floor in front of them.
Assume these two are identical in every way – except for one key fact. Lifter A was a high-jumper, but Lifter B got his physique from more traditional bodybuilding methods.
Neither of these guys has ever deadlifted 405 previously.
Which of the two do you put your money on to hit the PR if you don’t know anything else about them?
Ten times out of ten, I take the high jumper – and I’d guarantee you that most folks in the human performance industry would do the same. Why?
Written on June 17, 2011 at 8:12 am, by Eric Cressey
People Magazine has a yearly feature called “Half Their Size.” This year featured the stories of morbidly obese readers who’ve managed to cut their body weight in half. It’s a huge accomplishment and I respect these folks immensely, but to me, it’s a lot more impressive to double your body weight through proper training and nutrition.
T NATION readers can surely appreciate this feat as it’s incredibly rare and takes a lot of time and persistence. I can appreciate it simply because, I’ve done it.
Written on May 11, 2011 at 6:18 am, by Eric Cressey
Single-leg work has been a pretty controversial topic lately.
Some folks say that it’s the only safe way to train the lower body for the long haul and that bilateral exercise is the devil. Others insist that you can’t possibly build size relying on unilateral lower body strength exercises and that they’re a cop-out for those who don’t want to squat and deadlift heavy in a strength and conditioning program.
What’s my take?
Written on February 28, 2011 at 4:29 am, by Eric Cressey
This is year 5 of my “What I Learned in” series here at T-Nation, and it’s actually being written in February of 2011 because I needed an extra month to process everything and put it down on paper.
Apparently, I also learned in 2010 that I was disorganized and senile. So, before I digress too much, let’s get to it.
Written on January 6, 2011 at 3:04 am, by Eric Cressey
There are loads of different ways to get stronger. Similarly, there are all sorts of different classifications of strength, whether you’re a powerlifter, strongman, Olympic lifter, manual laborer, or just some random dude who wears his hat like Sylvester Stallone in “Over the Top” and constantly seeks out arm wrestling matches in airports, bingo halls, or massage parlors.
Written on November 17, 2010 at 4:06 am, by Eric Cressey
If you search through the archives here at T-Nation, you’ll find hundreds of programs you can try. In fact, there are probably enough for you to rotate through for the rest of your training career without ever having to complete the same one twice.
However, I’d venture to guess that most of you aren’t here just because you want to be told exactly what to do. Rather, in the process, you want to learn why you’re doing something, and how to eventually be able to do a better job of programming for yourself.
It’s no different than being a guy who’s given a sample diet plan — but wants to know what to order off the menu when eating out; a little education on thinking on the fly goes a long way.
So, to that end, I want to use this article as a means of educating you on how to take that next step. The 11 tips that follow should help you progress the strength exercises in your program from one month to the next to make them more challenging.