Squat day change of 2nd Squatting movementFront squatThere are many different ways to hold the bar, very good if you can get your elbows high enough to hold the bar in a Olympic clean position (across the front delt's close to the throat).If not, like me that's not an option. All good if you have a GS front Squat Harness but if not, what can you do? Click here for Front Squat OptionsThe another alternative if those options don't work is the Zercher Squat. Still an excellent way to fire the … [Read more...] about HOW NOT TO KILL YOURSELF ( STRENGTH TRAINING FOR MASTERS) Part 3 First Change
Ok then team here we go as threatened Day 1 Week 1 This is the program I'm using as we have limited equipment here at the GS factory, very basic just a bar, weights and a squat/bench rack. I would love to be training in the Getstrength Gym but with a 180km round trip it doesn't make it practical. In saying that, I would be doing mainly bar in hand work anyway and there aren't to many Gym's that don't have bars, weights and squat/bench racks or two so hopefully this program will translate to … [Read more...] about HOW NOT TO KILL YOURSELF ( STRENGTH TRAINING FOR MASTERS) Day 1 Week 1
Running shoes Advantages In my opinion, there is no advantage at all to squatting in running shoes.They are designed to absorb shock and cushion the foot against impact. From a back squatting point of view, the last thing we need to be doing is compressing the shoe instead of driving up. Robbing us of that vital power at the bottom. It's also not in their design brief to handle the sideways pressure put on them in the squat. Disadvantages ALL OF THE ABOVE Flat soled shoes(Chuck … [Read more...] about What Squat Shoes should I wear?
I'm Kevin Strachan, I've been involved in Powerlifting and strength training for more than 30 years. I've been a New Zealand Powerlifting champion and record holder in 4 weights classes and 3 age divisions. Currently Masters (3) - 60 plus. Over the last 10 years I have dedicated my time to coaching some of NZ's top powerlifters though to a World level. Now as a masters (3) I'm having another crack at NZ records. Like a lot of people my age its been a while between drinks and even though … [Read more...] about How not to kill yourself ( strength training for masters)
Squat day change 3 2nd squatting movement Back squat to calve raise. We're all different here but working up to around 20 kg down from your top set would be a good number.Why this movement ? As the weight is get heavier I find that my start position get further forward as set goes on,not a good thing.To calve raise you have to be upright so its just a body reminder Stay Upright and the change of thinking adds variation. 3 to 6 reps. 6 on the 1st set dropping to 3's on the last. 4 sets is … [Read more...] about HOW NOT TO KILL YOURSELF (Training for Masters) PART 4
What Deadlifting Shoes Should I Wear and Why? Flat sole (chucks) - molded sole flat shoes, solid heel weightlifting shoes or running shoes? Running shoes are just that running shoes, designed to cushion your feet against impact with soles that compress and spring back, all things a powerlifter doesn't want. This will rob the lifter of that vital power at the bottom of a squat or the start of a Deadlift. Flat sole canvas uppers rubber sole, Chuck Taylors and the … [Read more...] about What Deadlifting Shoes Should I Wear and Why?
Back to the bar, strength training for masters Here we go again a new training year and to be honest 2016 was going to be my last year. I was inspired to keep going by a follow masters lifter Geoffrey Lewis Australia, who started lifting at 61 years of age and is now 68 and still improving. The Asia/Oceania champs 2016 certainly was one of the worst training cycles I'd had and wasn't expecting a great day. I had to take my own advise and try and get the best out of myself on the day (you can … [Read more...] about Back to the bar, strength training for masters – Kevin Strachan