Take the Difficult Shot

Keith Wassung

Take the Difficult Shot

Picture it: I was preparing to perform my next-to-last set of deadlifts off of blocks, one of the forgotten exercises. The movement is even more painful than the conventional dead­lift, but the dividends it pays in strength and development are well worth it. I hate the next-to-last set of any com­pound movement. Sure, the last set is always the hardest from a physical standpoint, but on the next-to-last set you’re already tired, you know the set is going to hurt, and you know you still have one more to go. I’ve often said that on a set of 20-rep squats, the tough reps are from about nine to 15. Reps 16 to 20 are very difficult, but knowing it’s almost over seems to make them easier. Success in lifting, as in many endeavors, largely depends on one’s state of mind—the body will do whatever the mind dictates.

Postworkout Protein Power

Jerry Brainum

Postworkout Protein Power

The two primary proteins in milk are casein and whey. Several highly publicized studies have shown that their metabolism and uptake characteristics vary in the human body. Whey is absorbed rapidly, peaking in the blood after about 90 minutes. Casein, on the other hand, is a slow-acting protein. It undergoes a type of clotting in the stomach that results in a more gradual release of amino acids into the blood.

Value Investing

Randall Strossen

Value Investing

You may think that your values have little bearing on might and muscle, but nothing could be further from the truth. Values sort out the winners from the losers, and in the barbell world your values will determine whether you make progress. Let’s identify the values that are critical to success and outline how to put them to work.

Postexercise Nutrition: Are Carbs Required?

Jerry Brainum

Postexercise Nutrition: Are Carbs Required?

Bodybuilders used to be told to eat carbohydrates after a workout. The idea was that the carbs boosted muscle glycogen repletion and helped prevent muscle breakdown. The truth is that this advice was based on the requirements of endurance athletes, whose need for rapid glycogen replenishment was obvious. Even today, you still see “sports nutritionists” advising bodybuilders to take in 70 percent of their daily calories as carbohydrate—which makes no sense at all. Many such “experts” have never lifted a weight in their lives.

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