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  1. Josh Lehman
    November 17, 2011 • 8:46 pm

    I’m obviously a little biased here, but what’s so magical about 60 seconds rest for beginers. Your agonist-antagonist sequence sounds alot like EDT so why not let the client dictate what they can do in a set period of time, set a PR Zone and beat it in the next session.

  2. Greg R
    November 17, 2011 • 9:01 pm

    Nice post Eric! I agree especially with the client not being strong enough to get a big metabolic effect. Additionally, I think people tend to cut the intensity down way too much when programming this type of training.

  3. Greg R
    November 17, 2011 • 9:03 pm

    I mean nice post Joe!

  4. Billy DeLaRosa
    November 17, 2011 • 10:24 pm

    Completely agree with this post. Once a client/athlete has mastered certain movements and corrected imbalances, then metabolic training can be employed at the desired intensity.

  5. James Cipriani
    November 18, 2011 • 4:13 am

    Good read. I actually ordered Peak Diet and Training Summit package. Even after 17 years in the business, I’m always looking to futher my knowledge…for me, for my clients, and for my business. I’m looking forward to delving deep into the material. My only regret is I was a little late pulling the trigger…Joe had some nice bonuses for the first 50 people that I would have liked to have gotten my hands on.

  6. Allison
    November 18, 2011 • 5:07 am

    So true. Very clear, and detailed.
    Love it.

  7. Jeannie Landis
    November 18, 2011 • 5:30 am

    Yes! Micro-progression is KEY. Thank you for this well said post -I’m passing it on.


  8. Jeannie Landis
    November 18, 2011 • 5:37 am

    Eric, what do you use address the “muscle imbalances and faulty movement patterns” of your clients – given that muscle contraction and motor programs are unconscious?

  9. Ryan
    November 18, 2011 • 6:25 am

    Well said

  10. Darin Cabell
    November 18, 2011 • 8:15 am

    As someone who personally prefers and enjoys using metabolic resistance in his own workouts, I also know the effects of muscle imbalances (MI) and the setup for disaster if MI is not addressed. I wasn’t ready a few years ago, and paid a price (and I was already a trainer at the time).

    This is a great perspective Eric, and why I appreciate the work you’ve done. Progression isn’t a dirty word, and it actually allows you to truly have the best interests of your clients in mind. In the words of my high school English teacher…”Fine job!”

    Jeannie, I think the DVD “Assess and Correct” by Eric, Bill Hartman, and Mike Robertson would address your question.

  11. Marc Kent
    November 18, 2011 • 8:25 am

    By inhibiting dominant muscles and activating those that are not firing through reciprocal inhibition you can usually correct faulty muscle firing patterns

  12. David
    November 18, 2011 • 9:14 am

    Good stuff EC – Chase the Skill, not the Fitness – there used to be a time when Physical development we about chasing a skill and using our strength to serve a greater purpose – and your fitness was better for it – today we are so quick to chase fitness and our skills suffer for it – Jeannie – I hope Eric gets a minute to fire back some ideas on addressing imbalance – he has a weatlh of experience there, starting with Assess and Correct – some cool stuff to check out is afferent and efferent impulses – as well as RNT and repatterning –

    I will pop down again soon E – Anna rocked that tire – let her know!


  13. George
    November 18, 2011 • 10:27 am

    Excellent post. Most injuries, at least in my experience, have been the result of muscle imbalance and/or “too much too soon” style of training. Taking someone out of their comfort zone is good, but there comes a point where you have to work them smarter not harder. It does no good to injure them in the first couple of sessions. Most will not come back.

  14. Christine
    November 18, 2011 • 10:49 am


    Agreed – too much of pushing hard, strenuous programs before proper baseline often only leads to more dysfunction, injury and pain.
    I personally like the German Comp style you mentioned – more so to keep my heart rate up a little, with less rest in between though if I am short on time and am wanting more body comp changes

  15. Christine
    November 18, 2011 • 10:50 am

    PS The video looks like a great way to take out one’s frustrations!

  16. Will
    November 19, 2011 • 8:23 pm

    Everybody is doing it…it must be okay. Gotta go I feel a burning desire to go flip my tire, do a Javorek,then dive through a plate glass window.

  17. Jeannie Landis
    November 21, 2011 • 9:24 am

    Marc, I’m curious to know how you do this? “By inhibiting dominant muscles and activating those that are not firing through reciprocal inhibition you can usually correct faulty muscle firing patterns.”
    I’m learning about ways to activate muscle tissue (via Muscle Activation Techniques®) but not sure if I understand “inhibiting dominant muscles.”

  18. Jeannie Landis
    November 21, 2011 • 9:27 am

    Thank you for this…I have A&C and find it very helpful on a ‘global’ level when working with clients. I’ll look more into RNT – what’s a good source?

  19. Mike
    November 24, 2011 • 12:28 am

    Eric – great information metabolic resistance training… Just started to incorporate into my workouts. Congrats on the book… That is still on my bucket list!


  20. Gabe
    January 28, 2013 • 9:49 am

    Great post! Now, i must be smarter than i expected( i get to brag for once!) but this is a similar path i take with clients. I use an EDT style routine to teach really deconditioned people proper technique for the basic lifts. Sets of 5(or less if need be) for 10 minutes of 2 exercises. I stress proper execution over more load/volume till they can do it properly in a fatigued state…usually about a month or two later. Plus, i find starting people off on two lifts a day helps them learn faster. Faster they learn, faster the load increases. Never give people more than they can handle. Afetr about 3 months of this type of training, ill usually switch them to a 5×5 routine. Again, great article!

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