Muscle and Brawn Forums
 

Go Back   Muscle and Brawn Forums > Training > Training Resources > Articles

Notices

Articles Bodybuilding, Powerlifting, Nutrition, Supplement Articles.

Reply
 
Article Tools Search this Article Display Modes
  #1  
Old
BendtheBar's Avatar
BendtheBar BendtheBar is online now
Bearded Beast of Duloc
Max Brawn
Points: 1,550,709, Level: 100 Points: 1,550,709, Level: 100 Points: 1,550,709, Level: 100
Activity: 48% Activity: 48% Activity: 48%
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Louisiana
My Mood: Lurking
BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!
Default Habits of Strong Lifters
by BendtheBar 09-12-2011, 02:03 PM

Habits of Strong Lifters

http://www.jimwendler.com/2011/09/ha...trong-lifters/

* Consistency – Without a doubt, the strongest and best lifters in the world have consistently busted their ass in the weight room. For decades. Not weeks, not a year, but decades. There are genetic freaks out there that achieve a high level of strength quickly, but comparing yourself to them is unfair and will probably drive you out of the sport and into a 10-year Pop Tarts & Vicodin bender. Now, consistency doesn’t always mean they’re going balls out, every day. It means they chip away slowly, but surely.
* Drive/Perseverance – Even with injuries, plateaus, loss of training partners, gyms, etc., the great lifters will find a way to adapt and overcome. If that means training alone in a barbaric gym in their garage, they do it. If that means having to train in a commercial gym by themselves, they get it done. If that means they have to train around an injury, they research and find a way.Nothing will stand in their way and when an obstacle appears, they don’t get frustrated; they simply find a different route around it. It’s easy to be motivated and excited to train when everything is going your way. It’s another thing to hit a wall, scramble, kick, and scratch until you look back and see the marks of blood and sweat you leave behind.
* Open Mind (with Filter) – You have to be open to new ideas, but you have to also be wary of what you read. Usually an older, more experienced lifter can filter through some of the bullshit, but sometimes desperation can lead to some poor decisions. A lifter MUST have a core, a philosophy that he adheres to. He has to STAND for something. Yet he also has to learn to open himself up to new ideas and be smart enough to place them into his training without upsetting his core beliefs.

Now those are the “mind musts” of being involved with lifting for a long time. Here are the “body musts.”

* Stretching and mobility should be a priority.
* Maintain decent conditioning levels – you don’t need to be a marathon runner but don’t turn into a heavy breathing slob either.
* Use a full range of motion.
* Understand the difference between muscles and movements.
* You didn’t start lifting weights to become smaller. (Some of you really need to let that one sink in.)
* Train around injuries, not through them.
* Write a Training Manifesto – I have a “Train to be Awesome” list that I refer to when I feel like I’m losing track of where I’m going/where I’ve been. Refer to this when you’re “lost.” Everyone needs to have their own Training Manifesto and it’s all based on what you need and want from training. You don’t have to share this with anyone – just hold yourself accountable.
* Don’t be afraid to do what you want, not what others want you to do. Don’t hold yourself to others’ standards – especially when your standards should be higher.
* Training should be fun; there’s joy in the pain of the process. When it becomes tiresome or becomes a “job” remember why you began training in the first place. It’s not supposed to appease anyone but you.
* Fads come and go, but the barbell remains the same. Respect it accordingly.
__________________
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Destroy That Which Destroys You

"Let bravery be thy choice, but not bravado."


Views 808 Comments 16
Sponsored Links
Total Comments 16

Comments

Old 09-12-2011, 02:20 PM   #2
LtL
LtL
is loving life.
SHFW
Max Brawn
Points: 36,858, Level: 100 Points: 36,858, Level: 100 Points: 36,858, Level: 100
Activity: 16% Activity: 16% Activity: 16%
 
LtL's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Reading, Berkshire, UK
Posts: 11,983
Training Exp: 5 years
Training Type: Powerlifting
Fav Exercise: Deadlifts
Fav Supp: Endurance BCAA
My Mood: Cheerful
Reputation: 455740
LtL is one with Crom!LtL is one with Crom!LtL is one with Crom!LtL is one with Crom!LtL is one with Crom!LtL is one with Crom!LtL is one with Crom!LtL is one with Crom!LtL is one with Crom!LtL is one with Crom!LtL is one with Crom!


Default

I like this a LOT.

LtL
LtL is offline   Reply With Quote


Share with Facebook
Old 09-12-2011, 02:32 PM   #3
Mr.Silverback
Mr.Silverback
focused on Nationals
Senior Member
Max Brawn
Points: 13,044, Level: 74 Points: 13,044, Level: 74 Points: 13,044, Level: 74
Activity: 2% Activity: 2% Activity: 2%
 
Mr.Silverback's Avatar
 

Join Date: May 2010
Location: Texas
Posts: 3,163
Training Exp: 15+
Training Type: Powerlifting
Fav Exercise: Squat, Bench, Dead
Fav Supp: Chicken, Beef, water
My Mood: Daring
Reputation: 176158
Mr.Silverback is a master memberMr.Silverback is a master memberMr.Silverback is a master memberMr.Silverback is a master memberMr.Silverback is a master memberMr.Silverback is a master memberMr.Silverback is a master memberMr.Silverback is a master memberMr.Silverback is a master memberMr.Silverback is a master memberMr.Silverback is a master member
Default

I love this...thanks BTB, we ALL need to read this from time to time.
__________________
Mr.Silverback's on chill mode...not really
My Training Log
http://muscleandbrawn.com/forums/showthread.php?t=17501
CHECK OUT MY 1ST EBOOK
http://www.stronglife610.org
Mr.Silverback is online now   Reply With Quote


Share with Facebook
Old 09-12-2011, 02:33 PM   #4
Fazc
Fazc
is feeling squirrely!
Senior Member
Max Brawn
Points: 14,403, Level: 77 Points: 14,403, Level: 77 Points: 14,403, Level: 77
Activity: 36% Activity: 36% Activity: 36%
 

Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: U.K
Posts: 5,554
Training Exp: 12+ years
Training Type: Powerlifting
Fav Exercise: Bench Press
Fav Supp: Chicken
My Mood: Yeehaw
Reputation: 420568
Fazc is one with Crom!Fazc is one with Crom!Fazc is one with Crom!Fazc is one with Crom!Fazc is one with Crom!Fazc is one with Crom!Fazc is one with Crom!Fazc is one with Crom!Fazc is one with Crom!Fazc is one with Crom!Fazc is one with Crom!


Default

Excellent little article that, really is.
Fazc is offline   Reply With Quote


Share with Facebook
Old 09-12-2011, 02:53 PM   #5
BendtheBar
BendtheBar
is getting skinny(ish)
Bearded Beast of Duloc
Max Brawn
Points: 1,550,709, Level: 100 Points: 1,550,709, Level: 100 Points: 1,550,709, Level: 100
Activity: 48% Activity: 48% Activity: 48%
 
BendtheBar's Avatar
 
Extreme Mini Golf Champion!Tournaments Won: 6

Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 80,582
Training Exp: 20+ years
Training Type: Powerbuilding
Fav Exercise: Deadlift
Fav Supp: Butter
My Mood: Lurking
Reputation: 2573364
BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!
Default

Quote:
Don’t be afraid to do what you want, not what others want you to do. Don’t hold yourself to others’ standards – especially when your standards should be higher.
* Training should be fun;
These points are often ignored, but are important.
__________________
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Destroy That Which Destroys You

"Let bravery be thy choice, but not bravado."


BendtheBar is online now   Reply With Quote


Share with Facebook
Old 09-12-2011, 03:03 PM   #6
Hazzard
Hazzard
is proud to represent Muscle and Brawn. And Pop Tarts.
Senior Member
Max Brawn
Points: 5,710, Level: 48 Points: 5,710, Level: 48 Points: 5,710, Level: 48
Activity: 10% Activity: 10% Activity: 10%
 
Hazzard's Avatar
 

Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 2,522
Training Type: Powerlifting
Fav Exercise: Squat
Fav Supp: Pizza
My Mood: Sleepy
Reputation: 1950
Hazzard has made some good postsHazzard has made some good postsHazzard has made some good postsHazzard has made some good postsHazzard has made some good postsHazzard has made some good postsHazzard has made some good postsHazzard has made some good postsHazzard has made some good postsHazzard has made some good postsHazzard has made some good posts


Default

Awesome article, and I completely agree BtB ^ that training should actually be enjoyable - I constantly mix up reps, weights, exercises to keep things interesting so I actually look forward to training and improving. I think the fact that I (and all of us here) go to the gym to "train" rather than "work out" if a defining factor in this.

To the list, and I know it says stretching and mobility work, I'd like to add warming up. I see too many mongtards at my gym load up 60kg on the bar to bench straight away, then jump to 100, then 140 where they force out a single rep and require spotting on the last three. I'm sure your shoulders and CNS love you brah. The actual strong guys focus on getting warm and making sure our CNS' are ready for the heavy load about to be unleashed (that's what she said).
__________________
Hazzard is offline   Reply With Quote


Share with Facebook
Old 09-12-2011, 03:04 PM   #7
bamazav
bamazav
Dog House Training, home of the WalkerDips!Geezers Rule!
Bigger, Stronger, BAMA!
Max Brawn
Points: 26,424, Level: 97 Points: 26,424, Level: 97 Points: 26,424, Level: 97
Activity: 7% Activity: 7% Activity: 7%
 
bamazav's Avatar
 

Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Posts: 4,893
Training Exp: 5
Training Type: ARGH!!!
Fav Exercise: Squats
Fav Supp: Deadlifts
My Mood: Amazed
Reputation: 221574
bamazav is a master memberbamazav is a master memberbamazav is a master memberbamazav is a master memberbamazav is a master memberbamazav is a master memberbamazav is a master memberbamazav is a master memberbamazav is a master memberbamazav is a master memberbamazav is a master member


Default

Great article. Thanks!
__________________
David, Husband, Father, Pastor
(Yasen Miroslav Zavadil)

2014 100%RAW American Challenge, May 31, 2014:
Squat 292
Bench 176
Deadlift 375 PR
Total - 843 at 50 yrs 199.6 lbs

Shooting for a 900+ total for next meet. (see quote below)

"If there is nothing you can improve on, your standards are too low!" - BAMA Strength Coach Scott Cochran

1Co 9:27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified
bamazav is offline   Reply With Quote


Share with Facebook
Old 09-12-2011, 03:14 PM   #8
BendtheBar
BendtheBar
is getting skinny(ish)
Bearded Beast of Duloc
Max Brawn
Points: 1,550,709, Level: 100 Points: 1,550,709, Level: 100 Points: 1,550,709, Level: 100
Activity: 48% Activity: 48% Activity: 48%
 
BendtheBar's Avatar
 
Extreme Mini Golf Champion!Tournaments Won: 6

Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 80,582
Training Exp: 20+ years
Training Type: Powerbuilding
Fav Exercise: Deadlift
Fav Supp: Butter
My Mood: Lurking
Reputation: 2573364
BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Hazzard View Post
Awesome article, and I completely agree BtB ^ that training should actually be enjoyable - I constantly mix up reps, weights, exercises to keep things interesting so I actually look forward to training and improving. I think the fact that I (and all of us here) go to the gym to "train" rather than "work out" if a defining factor in this.
My training style is enough to drive folks nuts. But I think as long as you are really tuned into what your body is telling you, you can go "free jazz" a bit more and actually have it be a benefit.

A lot of what I personally do is based on experience, and it's hard to explain to folks the little historical nuances I process from set to set.
__________________
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Destroy That Which Destroys You

"Let bravery be thy choice, but not bravado."


BendtheBar is online now   Reply With Quote


Share with Facebook
Old 09-12-2011, 03:53 PM   #9
Wlfdg
Wlfdg
is happy to be a Cert. Strength & Conditioning Specialist
Senior Member
Uber Brawn
Points: 1,231, Level: 19 Points: 1,231, Level: 19 Points: 1,231, Level: 19
Activity: 0% Activity: 0% Activity: 0%
 
Wlfdg's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Teton Valley,ID
Posts: 392
Training Exp: 34
Training Type: Fullbody
Fav Exercise: Snatch
Fav Supp: Elk
My Mood: Inspired
Reputation: 2700
Wlfdg has made some very good postsWlfdg has made some very good postsWlfdg has made some very good postsWlfdg has made some very good postsWlfdg has made some very good postsWlfdg has made some very good postsWlfdg has made some very good postsWlfdg has made some very good postsWlfdg has made some very good postsWlfdg has made some very good postsWlfdg has made some very good posts
Default

Wendler is the Bohdisattva of pure strength training!
__________________

"There's no such thing as shaping and toning. Only stronger and weaker." -Mark Rippetoe
Wlfdg is offline   Reply With Quote


Share with Facebook
Old 09-12-2011, 06:37 PM   #10
BendtheBar
BendtheBar
is getting skinny(ish)
Bearded Beast of Duloc
Max Brawn
Points: 1,550,709, Level: 100 Points: 1,550,709, Level: 100 Points: 1,550,709, Level: 100
Activity: 48% Activity: 48% Activity: 48%
 
BendtheBar's Avatar
 
Extreme Mini Golf Champion!Tournaments Won: 6

Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 80,582
Training Exp: 20+ years
Training Type: Powerbuilding
Fav Exercise: Deadlift
Fav Supp: Butter
My Mood: Lurking
Reputation: 2573364
BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!BendtheBar is one with Crom!
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Wlfdg View Post
Wendler is the Bohdisattva of pure strength training!
Sometimes I feel like he's stealing all my good material.
__________________
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Destroy That Which Destroys You

"Let bravery be thy choice, but not bravado."


BendtheBar is online now   Reply With Quote


Share with Facebook
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
habits, lifters, strong


Similar Articles
Article Author Forum Replies Last Post
Inspirational lifters.... Carl1174 General Board 17 04-14-2011 08:36 AM
Annoying habits of your wife, girlfriend or other? MikeC General Board 35 01-13-2011 09:50 AM
Ridiculous Habits Guys Have In Gyms - Part 2 BendtheBar General Fitness & Health 4 01-03-2011 09:58 PM
Ridiculous Habits Guys Have in Gyms – Part 1 BendtheBar General Fitness & Health 22 12-20-2010 04:28 PM
Most Lifters are Still Beginners Iron Gladiator General Board 0 09-28-2010 09:12 AM

Article Tools Search this Article
Search this Article:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:04 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.