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1/15/2015 9:38:29 AM - Tosh
Hi Jim

Just wondering how to find a balance in my training. I don't compete or anything but train to be awesome and as you say a "Motherfucker"

I want to train for go not show but always get caught up in the old scenario, if I do to much conditioning my lifts will suffer.

As I'm not a powerlifter or anything should I just man up and do an equal amount of lifting/conditioning/stretching.


This is pretty easy - the reason why your lifts plummet when conditioning is one or more of the following:

1. You don't change your lifting when adding in conditioning. This is part of the recovery process- which also needs to be addressed.

2. You pick horrible conditioning work for your situation (rower/complexes for conditioning come to mind).

3. You don't have specific goals for each, especially conditioning (See Weak Point article I wrote on true weak point training).

4. Equal amounts don't mean "equal amount of time." Don't think about it as equal, in any way. Think about it as setting goals for each (obviously the mobility/flex would be a consistency goal) and finding a way to get to them.

5. Your goals are WAY too long term (again, the Weak Point article has you setting goals in 10 phases for each 6 week cycle). This is PARAMOUNT in making great progress. As I've stated many times, "Patient work yields faster progress."

6. Get rid of the silly notions of training that have ruined your ability to think rationally and with common sense. This is a huge problem for people.

7. Set your own standards, NEVER use another man's standards. Obviously, when you are growing up one compares to others. As you grow more mature, one realizes that he is capable of great things. Things that he never thought possible. Use this as a springboard for your life/training, not a hammock.

8. Have Mt. Everest Goals - this ties into #7 in a way. Darren Llewellyn taught me this. I wont explain it because Darren made me think about it, which is 1000000x's better than force feeding information. Force feeding info is similar to free information - it's worth exactly what you pay for it.

The hint I was given was simple: Mt Everest Goals have nothing to do with the size of the mountain (size of the goal).

The idea of balance in training is nothing revolutionary - athletes do it all the time. Now before the It's All Genetics, Local Union #115 wet their Dream Journals with their woe-is-me tears, remember that the big picture of that statement. As it relates to training AND time.

Good luck - the idea of balance is a great one for some people. Obviously not for everyone as many people don't have that goal AND those that have that goal aren't ready to do what is necessary. Just need to be open and ready to open your mind a bit.

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