Soreness: The Price We Pay For Slacking Off

Soreness is a punishment for taking it too easy, but it can also be something of a gift.

Right now, I’m fairly sore. In a little while, I’ll venture out to the gym, brave the Black Friday traffic (the gym is near a lot of the places people want to shop) and hit legs.

Then I’ll be sore for the next two days.

At the risk of sounding like a masochist, I actually deserve this. Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) is the price I’m paying for slacking off for a week or so.

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Gymtopia: What The Perfect Training Environment Looks Like

If Utopia is a perfect society, then Gymtopia is the perfect gym. What’s yours?

Utopia is supposed to be the perfect place, a land of absolute bliss where everything is absolutely perfect.

Of course, one person’s Utopia is another person’s dystopia.

As I sit and write this, I’ve just gotten back from a session in the commercial gym, and there were some things there that I truly liked. Things I’d missed by training at home.

It’s enough to make me embark on a bit of an intellectual journey to describe my perfect gym, my gymtopia, if you will.

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How Should We Train?

A short while ago, I posited the idea that we’ve been training wrong. I argued that we’re capable of more regular training than we currently do. I stand by that.

However, after discussing it with some other folks, I took a step back and reevaluated a few of my assumptions and how that may impact things.

With that, I think I have a better idea of just what form training should take going forward, at least for me.

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Time To Head Back To The Gym

For months now, I’ve been using my home gym exclusively. I’ve enjoyed the fresh air and sunshine while I train. I’ve liked stepping just outside my home to get my training in. I’ve loved how so little has to work around my training schedule.

And, for the time being, it’s over.

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Embrace The Pain

We’ve all heard the phrase, “No pain, no gain.”

It’s currently out of vogue in part because some believe it urges people to train beyond what their body can take, to train injured, things like that, but I still kind of like it. Maybe it’s an artifact of my age, but I do.

Let’s be honest, training is painful in a lot of ways.

The thing is, I find it the lessons I’ve learned through training, through that pain, have applications to the rest of my life. It’s all about how to remove those weaknesses. The pain can almost be purifying, in a way.

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Is The Bench Press Overrated?

Tell someone you life weights and they’re going to ask you one question above all others, most likely. “How much do you bench?”

The bench press is considered by many to be the gold standard in strength. The NFL Combine actually tests the bench press, so you know it has to mean something, right?

When you look at training, even my own training program, it’s clear that the bench press is one of the most vital lifts out there.

Of course, the question we don’t ask but probably should is, “Is the bench press overrated?”

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Looks Versus Lifts: Thoughts On Strength Versus Aesthetic

Back in the day, it seemed like everyone who trained did bodybuilding-like training. I know when I was in high school, college, and the Navy, all of my training was bodybuilding training because, well, I didn’t know any better.

Those were the days before the internet.

That meant if you wanted to train, you tended to grab books like Arnold’s Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding or magazines likeĀ Flex orĀ Muscular Development.

Not only that but the public’s perception of “strong” generally meant looking like Arnold or Stallone. It was the way we thought of people who were strong and tough.

Why else do you think Dolph Lundgren or Jean Claude Van Damme came to prominence?

But today, we know a whole lot more. We have access to information we couldn’t imagine back then. Hell, I didn’t even know “powerlifting” was a thing in those days.

Which leads me to ponder: Should new athletes focus on looking good or just being strong?

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