Upcoming Gym News
This Saturday, April 22nd, we have a number of members throwing down at the Battleground RX Competition. Check out the link HERE for times, location, and heat information.
Next Saturday, April 29th, we are having a Regional fundraiser! There will be only ONE CLASS at 10am, followed by a BBQ at 11:30. Pre-sale for plates at the BBQ will be $20, and is available now at the gym.
Maximum Training Resistance (MTR)
Now, one of the important concepts here is that of “Maximum Training Resistance.” This is what some of you may have heard referred to as a ‘daily max’ before. The definition of the MTR is “the maximum resistance that can be overcome one time without a strong effort of will or emotional stress.” This is key in this program; at least as I have it structured to work for the individual. We want to use the MTR so as not to burn out the nervous system. Thus, on Mondays and Wednesday, the singles in the classical and power lifts must NOT be ‘balls to the wall, my youngest son is hanging suspended over a Judas Cradle’ type of lifts. They are ‘I can walk up to the bar and pull this weight’ lifts. Of course, you have to toe the line. Also, you have to learn whether you are missing lifts because you are actually working above your MTR, or because your form sucks. For me, it is an issue of pulling in the snatch and clean and the drive in the jerk. If I am pulling the bar high enough to snatch it or clean it, and driving it high enough to jerk it, I don’t feel that I have exceeded my MTR, whether I am making the lifts or not. If I am missing my snatches out front, it is likely just because of my crappy first pull and lack of a full shrug, and not because I am going too heavy. As a lifter progresses, he will learn exactly where that line is. Keep in mind an MTR will vary day to day. You may come in and hit 110% or 70%, but that is your MTR for the day. I tell my athletes go until it is slow… We all know what slow is right? This is a great video to show a 5 rep MTR. His first set of 5 at 505lbs look good and quick even though he kind of rested in the set. The second set of 5 reps at 525lbs looks like his 5 rep MTR to me. His 2nd rep his depth shortens and right knee caves. The 3rd, 4th, and 5th reps really slow down and the depth changes on each rep. http://youtu.be/ltrcyTxLhqk