This is part dos of our discussion with Andres Vargas! Andres is a functional fitness and health coach who I personally believe will be spearheading a movement in fitness coaching towards incorporating the total wellness of an athlete to complement and influence what they do in the gym. We talk about some coaching advice and suggestions from him to new coaches, his story of how he got into sport and exercise and science, and then his unique philosophy and coaching strategy. I think you'll get a lot from this one whether you're an athlete or coach, because we touch on some factors that you may not have considered that may be affecting your training! You can find Andres Vargas on all social media @TheStrengthCave, his website is thestrengthcave.com, and feel free to email him at Andres@thestrengthcave.com.
I hear from people all the time, including myself, that they absolutely despise cardio. They hate it with the fiery passion of a thousand burning suns! It's definitely not for everyone, but cardiovascular training does do some good things for you that I personally think some in the fitness community overlook because they don't want [...]
You can get tickets to the seminar mentioned at https://www.biolayne.com/blog/appearances/las-vegas-2018/ and find Andres on social media as @thestrengthcave.This is a very wide-ranging conversation with Andres Vargas! We had a lot of fun with this one! We talk about all types of topics with the overarching theme of maxmizing your ability in the gym. Head over to Agoraten.com for timestamps and the video if you like to watch as well.
We're rounding out the last post about how to design an exercise program! We'll be quickly discussing the value or rest periods and tempo training and whether they actually matter for strength and/or hypertrophy. This concept was originally developed by Dr. Eric Helms, you can find the original post here about the Muscle and Strength [...]
We’re nearing the end of the Muscle and Strength Training Pyramid series. Again, this was originally a concept developed by Dr. Eric Helms, but I’m breaking it down for a fresh beginner, so they can use it to design their own program. Let’s dive into how you should pick your exercises based on your goals. [...]
We talked about the concept of progressive overload and I introduced some strategies to progress continuously beyond simply doing more reps, sets, or weight. You can find that here. On part 2 of the progression post, I will provide you some simple models/structures you can use to create the actual framework of your program, rather [...]
You laid the foundation by considering adherence and how to make your program fit into your life. Then you decided how your volume will be distributed via frequency and intensity. It's specific towards your goal, so you should know which intensities you'll be in more than others and how often you'll be training. Now, it's [...]
When it comes to creating a program for yourself, there's one thing that is often overlooked when someone begins creating a routine. No, you shouldn't start with exercise selection. No you shouldn't pick how many days you're going to train or what body parts of lifts you're going to do on what days. You should [...]
Before someone can design an exercise program, it's important to understand the basic terms and jargon that come with strength and hypertrophy training. These are going to be the foundation of any regimen you conjure up, because, whether you know it or not, an effective training program will incorporate most or all of these terms [...]
We dive deep into many different aspects of powerlifting such as current trends in strength sports, macro tracking for powerlifters, and suggestions on how to make weight effectively, among many other topics! I think you'll enjoy this episode whether or not you're a powerlifter as we go over a lot of interesting and informative things. I hope you enjoy!