Today’s article is a guest-post by Rob Panariello. Rob has written a number of great articles for my site over the past couple of years and is a top notch strength coach and physical therapist. You won’t find many guys out there with Rob’s level of experience (click HERE and look at question #1 to see Rob’s vast education and experience).
Robert A. Panariello MS, PT, ATC, CSCS
Professional Physical Therapy
Professional Athletic Performance Center
New York, New York
This past spring I received a telephone call from a friend whom I hadn’t spoken to in quite a while. When I answered the call I heard the distinct voice state, “Rob, its Bill Parcells. I’d like some advice from you”. I told Bill it was great to hear from him and that I hoped I had an answer for him as well. I was initially introduced to Bill Parcells during my years working the football off-seasons with my good friend and Hall of Fame Strength and Conditioning (S&C) Coach Johnny Parker at Giants Stadium with the NFL NY Giants. Our relationship continued through Coach Parcells’ years as the Head Coach of the NFL’s NY Jets (where he sent me some of his players to rehab), and the Dallas Cowboys. Throughout our friendship I have very much enjoyed my time and conversations with him, especially on the occasions when we had dinner together. Bill Parcells is one of the wisest men I know. It is certainly no surprise that he was recently elected to the NFL Hall of Fame. read more
The following is a guest post by Lee Boyce, CPT. One thing I respect about Lee is that he continues to get stronger year in and year out, and he offers great practical information. He’s also a fellow tall lifter, and he’s got some crazy dance moves at the end of each YouTube video. Lee’s bio is below if you want to learn more about him.
When Bret gave me the OK for this article, I started brainstorming and had no idea what direction to go with it. The possibilities were endless. I’ve written a lot on squatting before, along with strategies to get a set of more impressive wheels. I decided to use this to list arbitrary thoughts on lower body training that need to get out there. This will turn into a bunch of mini-articles all rolled into one. read more
Today’s guest post is from powerlifter Greg Nuckols. He’s a strong sumbitch with a badass beard. You can read more about him in his bio below.
I’ll be honest. I was skeptical of Bret’s position on the importance of glute training when he first burst onto the fitness scene. I was a teenager who knew everything, and, quite frankly, I didn’t see the need for glute training. I never felt my glutes firing when I was lifting, so how much would it REALLY help me if I made a fool of myself hip thrusting in the middle of the gym? Plus, my lifts were progressing just fine without any humiliating silliness. read more
Being strong is fun. Demonstrating strength is fun. Being weak is not very fun. As lifters, it’s natural for us to gravitate toward the exercises that come easy to us, and tempting to avoid altogether the exercise variations that make us struggle.
As I reflect upon my strength training career, I realize that I’ve engaged in a lifetime of exercise avoidance. Let me elaborate.
When I first started lifting at the age of 15, I couldn’t perform squats, deadlifts, chin ups, or dips. I didn’t know how to work my way into them either, not understanding how to start at remedial variations and progressing gradually. Therefore, I omitted them from my workouts. Back then, I loved all isolation and machine exercises as they didn’t require coordination or stability. My routines were comprised of leg presses, leg extensions, leg curls, push-ups, military press, incline press, bench press, barbell curls, seated rows, pec deck, lat pulldowns, tricep extensions, shrugs and lateral raises. It wasn’t until I was 19 years old when I started squatting, chinning, and dipping, and 21 years old when I started deadlifting. If only I knew then what I know now, I could have progressed much more rapidly! read more