8/27/13

Just Pretending #RoadTo600

At what point did the world slow down and people start moving faster? Our grandparents generation was full of hard working, slow paced, overly-determined individuals. And you know what, sometimes being determined is actually better than working fast. The same principle is seen when we do speed work. If you don’t do speed work then you need to email me at endunamoox[at]gmail.com, because this post will not contain an explanation – sorry – but hey at least we can chat it up and get to know one another. (#incentive)


Today marks 4 weeks and 4 days from a potential powerlifting meet, and it seems that the road to 600 won’t stop in September. So today I put on a few less plates than normal and started with speed pulls (5 sets of 2 at a speed greater than 6 m/s) How can I tell that the bar was moving faster than 6 m/s? Because it stays bent the entire time I lift. At first the 450 lbs was effortless for me, but towards the waning sets I was slowing down. Needless to say the bar stopped bending, because I was pretending.
never pretending...

(* Curtains lower and the stage dims as a jacked scientist walks up. His head points towards the ground the entire time, all you can see is his white lab coat struggling at the seams. He stops, middle stage, and then looks up.)
“Some strength and conditioning coaches believe, due to some research, that when performing speed exercises the intent of movement speed is more important than the actual speed itself.”

Basically if you try and move a bar fast, even if the weight is too heavy for 6 m/s, then you will improve your explosiveness (neato). After my “mentally fast” speed sets I did rack pulls with 510 pounds. If you didn’t know doing rack pulls below the knee is extremely hard, which is exactly why I did them that way.

So classroom, today’s lesson is simple, think fast and you’ll get fast. Just like last week’s post inferred, this game is psychological.

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BS, MS - exercise Physiology
EPC - Board Certified Exercise Physiologist

Published Thesis
The impact of three different forms of warm up on performance


The Effects of Glucose Supplementation on Barbell Velocity and Fatiguability in Weightlifting - A pilot study"

Graduate from Midwestern State University, founder of Endunamoo Barbell Club, and Endunamoo Strength and Conditioning. Working to help athletes physically reach their goals and achieve scholarships while spiritually pouring into as many people as possible on all platforms.