The risks, dangers, and consequences associated with physical inactivity is one of the most important subjects in our day and age. But sadly, this topic is usually downplayed, if not outright ignored. And when ideas are actually proposed for how to improve our rapidly declining health predicament, they’re usually piss-poor solutions that don’t actually help people in real life. So, today, I want to tell you straight how to solve this problem, in a way that most sources – including this helpful info-graphic – often fail to address.
So, would you humor me by taking a quick look at the info-graphic below? Just get an overall sense of what this is trying to communicate – no need to examine it closely and deeply reflect upon the implications of the figures. Go ahead, I’ll wait…
Note: a big thanks to Terry from GymJunkies.com for putting this together!
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So many people get lost in the confusion and misinformation surrounding the world of cardio training. And I don’t blame them. It seems that every day, I read yet another article from some so-called weight loss “guru” that shares a different opinion on this issue. Should you do high intensity [...]
Solving the Strength-Endurance Conundrum: Why Strength is More Important Than Endurance For Building Strength-Endurance (How to Build Strength-Endurance for Pull-ups and Chin-ups)
Kettlebell sport and timed sets, in general, are an example of strength-endurance in action. Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ambernussbaum/
I was having a little chat with Jeff Kuhland about pull-up training and something we discussed was that many intermediate trainees completely ignore their strength capacity when trying to build endurance in this exercise. They get stuck in this perpetual cycle, thinking that if they need more endurance, then the best thing to do is to only train endurance. But that’s not exactly true, and it could be a big mistake if your actual goal is to increase your strength-endurance.
strength-endurance: the ability to apply strength via muscular contractions over a sustained or prolonged period of time.
Obviously, this is a subjective term, and different people use it to describe different things. But when it comes to actually applying training methods to build strength-endurance, it seems that most people just don’t get it, especially outside of the realm of weightlifting.
So, today, I’m going to remind you that if you want to build your strength-endurance, then much of your focus should probably be on strength training.
Allow me to explain with an example.
Which of These Identical Twins Has More Strength-Endurance?
Let’s say that we have two identical twins. They are the same height, weight, body composition, and they even have the same exact birthday. Plus, they’re both from New England and say, “wicked smaht” a whole lot.
Now, for example purposes, let’s assume that these twins are exactly the same in every way, except for one critical difference. Twin A can deadlift 405 pounds for a single (i.e., his one-rep max). Whereas, Twin B can only deadlift 315 pounds (i.e., his one-rep max). In other words, Twin A can deadlift 90 pounds more than Twin B, and is stronger than Twin B, at least in this particular lift.
So, here’s the question of the hour: which one of them likely has more strength-endurance? In other words, if we loaded up a barbell with 225 pounds, who do you think could deadlift it for more reps?
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Break Your Pull-up Training Plateau and Work Your Way up to Doing Sets of 20-30+ Pull-ups Using These Tips From Jeff “50+ Pull-ups” Kuhland
Jeff Kuhland – NSCA-CSCS, MovNat Trainer, Pull-up Training Expert
I got a chance to train with Jeff Kuhland at a 5-day MovNat retreat back in 2009, and have kept in touch with him off and on ever since. Jeff is not only a wealth of training knowledge, but he is also a humble coach, too. I actually interviewed him last year all about his approach to training, and about MovNat, in particular (click here to check out the first interview). So, I won’t rehash his long list of accomplishments and credentials today.
Now, in this interview, our topic was strictly pull-ups and chin-ups. You see, I read an article that Jeff wrote for BreakingMuscle.com all about his unique approach to pull-up training. He shared some really good tips and a few interesting ideas in that article, but what really caught my attention was one of his responses to a comment on that page. Someone was asking for advice on breaking through a pull-up training plateau, and Jeff replied…
Naturally, this piqued my curiosity, not only because of Jeff’s impressive accomplishment, but also because of the distinction between training for pull-up strength versus training for endurance – and how the strength training needs of an athlete change as they start building their numbers. This is an approach that I’ve used myself, but is rarely shared in detail online. And I wanted to get to the bottom of it from someone who knows.
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Another runner and blogger, Jason Fitzgerald of Strength Running (whom I interviewed here), posed a question on his blog the other day…
He asked, “what do YOU love about running? And what’s your FAVORITE part of being a runner?”
Of course, everyone has their reasons, and there were a lot of great responses in the comment’s section. And after I thought about it a little bit, I decided to share my thoughts with you here.
So, what do I love about running, you ask? Oh, let me count the ways! In all seriousness, I almost don’t even know where to begin, and it’s taken me some time to collect my thoughts and to condense them into one short article.
Editor’s note: and now, after having written it, I feel like I haven’t even done it justice.
But I suppose I could start by sharing this quote from my article 100 Lessons I’ve Learned From 10 Years of Running.
As I reflect back on all those miles run at all times of day and night, in summer and winter, in the sun and the rain, on the roads, the trails, and the track, I realized that the more I give to running, the more it gives back to me.
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