The trap bar deadlift gets a bad rap from deadlift purists. But in this article I give you five reasons why the trap bar deadlift is in fact a superior lift for the average individual looking to add quality muscle to their physique.
If you want a proven way to increase motivation and improve consistency with your workouts, there are few things as impactful as planning and recording your workouts in a training log.
Motivational highs are incredible for helping us to take action, and a solid arsenal of habits can help keep routine tasks on track. But if life has taught me anything, it’s that motivation and habits are not enough to get you to the finish line.
The Romanian Deadlift or RDL as it’s more commonly known is a great exercise for adding strength and size to the hamstrings and glutes. But it can also be brutal on your back if you’re making one or more of these simple mistakes.
Responsibility gives you power, and in this post I talk about the power of responsibility and how without it, we give-up control of our health and wellbeing.
- Why me?
- What did I do to deserve this?
- Why does this always happen to me?
- Life is so unfair.
- What’s the point?
- God, I’m useless.
- I just can’t do anything right.
- I’m pathetic.
When you’re new to the gym, just about anything will add muscle to your body. You can simply show-up, try hard and see some pretty decent results. But once the golden period is over and all those newbie gains have dried-up, why can it seem so hard to build any muscle?
Well it goes without saying that if building muscle were easy, we’d all be walking around jacked and invisible lat syndrome would not be a thing. And while there are a lot of variables that go into building muscle, the core principles are well understood and time-tested.
In my experience as a trainer and as someone that’s been around the gym for almost thirty years, here’s three common reasons why you’re not building muscle.
Nutrient timing is the planned influence and alteration of macronutrient intake in order to promote health, improve workout performance, and get or stay lean. At the core, nutrient timing strategies are principally based on how our body handles different foods at different times.
For many, the thought of weighing themselves is a really big deal. Like waiting on the lottery results or a game of russian roulette with five chambers loaded!
If you want to persuade someone that something is inherently good, you first have to help them understand it. And imparting understanding can be quite a challenge given the complex and emotive nature of some topics.
This is why I love the art of of analogy.
Analogies and metaphors work by harnessing the power of comparison and similarity to make complex problems and concepts inherently more approachable. They essentially help someone get to that “ah ha” moment without having to fully understand the scope of the original problem.
Now that sure is a splashy headline, and maybe it’s the only reason you clicked through to read. But if you’ll give me the benefit of the doubt, I’ll show you that it’s fundamentally true. Perhaps most importantly, I’ll tell you the why of that decision and how that could be important if YOU decide you want to look great naked.
For the last eight-plus years I’ve worked as a professional engineering manager and career coach for YouTube and Google. Prior to that, another two decades in software engineering and management.
So let’s get it out of the way, shall we?
Seven figures, you say?