Odds and Ends Thoughts on Training and Living Well: Part Deux

  1. Heat is given off in every chemical reaction. Your metabolism is the sum total of all of the chemical reactions in your body. Take your temperature regularly, and if it varies very far from the normal 98.6 degrees, you’re running less than optimally.
  2. In the long term, grip strength is directly correlated to all cause mortality rates. The weaker the grip, the more likely you are to die younger. In the short term, your grip strength is representative of your readiness to train. Pick up a cheap hand grip dynamometer (I use this one) and check it out daily to see how you are recovering and if you should make some audibles on a training day.
  3. Using a yoga block, Airex pad, or plyo box as a depth checker on pushup and squat variations often instantly cleans up technique.
  4. If you train using an upper/lower body split, try doing rows on lower body days and chin up variations on upper body days.
  5. If you have neck issues, chin ups and pressing overhead probably isn’t a great choice.
  6. However, if you do have neck issues, sometimes single arm overhead pressing or bottoms up kettlebell presses work just fine.
  7. Generally speaking, a narrower squat stance and closer grip on bench presses are better on the joints for the long haul. Just don’t go crazy narrow.
  8. Most people need more muscle but train like they’re trying to burn as many calories as possible in each training session. They’d be better served to completely flip flop how they utilize their training time.
  9. Living below your means is absolutely crucial to living on your own terms.
  10. I’m not a fan of most machines in the gym, but hitting a few sets of lying leg curls before squatting makes the squats feel a lot smoother.
  11. Face pulls tend to be better in a half kneeling position that standing.
  12. Sometimes adding a single rep to a set each week is a solid progression.
  13. As you sink into a squat, think about driving your knees towards your middle toes rather than out for a better range of motion and a smoother squat.
  14. The more days you train each week, the more flexibility you have in what movements to include.
  15. When squatting, drive your big toes into the ground for a more stable squat.
  16. Likewise, when doing pushups, drive your thumbs into the ground and think about grabbing the floor.
  17. When pressing dumbbells or kettlebells overhead, path of the bell is dictated by the knuckle of your index finger.
  18. Adding volume to your training program is good, until it’s not. There are diminishing returns eventually and overuse injuries can flare up if you just keep adding haphazardly.
  19. The first week of a new program should be eased into, and is your natural deload week.
  20.   I don’t think we’re actually much more advanced in regards to nutrition than we were 10 years ago. A lot of the popular diets nowadays are just renamed versions of things that have been done for a long time. The best nutritional program should lean heavily on whole foods, but the best breakdown of what foods you eat is going to be what’s most sustainable for you for the long haul.
  21. Try using gymnastics rings for pushups, chin ups, and dips for more shoulder friendly options.

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