• The Roots Of Training

      by Jim Wendler T-Nation

      I've been on a mission the last few years to get back to the roots of training; to get back to when training was fun, simple, and most importantly, free of the fluff and crap that has polluted my world.

      Back to a time when training was about strength, about moving weight, and moving bodies. About being proud of an added rep or 10 more pounds. Where performance and kicking ass are more important than how you look. Where people eat to live, not live to eat. Where trucks are pushed and sleds are pulled. Where reps and weight are counted, calories are not. Where running isn't "cardio, it's part of training and if you're going to walk for your conditioning you best have something on your back or in your hands.

      With that in mind, here's a list of some simple rules that we follow:

       Squats are walked out.

       Lift-offs are not given on the bench press.

       If you're going to overhead press, it will be done standing.

       No straps unless you are hurt or doing a hang variation of a lift.

       You don't debate about organic/non-organic.

       Squats are done with a barbell on your back; this is assumed and are not called "Back Squats." You don't say you're going to take a "standing piss" do you?.

       No need for music or training partners or "the right atmosphere" to train hard.

       There are no 8-week plans, rather yearlong goals and decade long achievements.

       All you need is a rack, barbell, platform and some weights.

       You realize stretching doesn't make you slow or non-explosive.

       You realize physical strength can develop mental and spiritual strength.

       You never fall for gimmicks; principles last forever.

      Now there are quite a few more of these, but you get the picture. The point is this: training has become over run with people telling us how we need to think, how we need to train, and what is acceptable. Don't bring your gimmicky elements onto my platform.

      And please, don't try to sell us on how hardcore you are or how dedicated to strength you are. Your lifts and your silence do more talking than your Internet chatter and bravado.

      Source: http://www.t-nation.com/powerful-wor...ts-of-training
      Comments 9 Comments
      1. bill1369's Avatar
        bill1369 -
        Probably the best article I have read here in quite a while. I am 67 yrs and have been lifting several times a week for the last 25 years. I have about 2 guiding principles (besides getting my butt to the gym) - keep putting some more weight on the bar and lift it + pain is weakness leaving the body (guy with 3 stripes taught me that one at Parris Island in '64). I skip about 3/4 of the articles here after seeing they have some esoteric secret to lifting success or advocate exercises with names that would confuse Arnold. Cudos for this author!!!
      1. compudog's Avatar
        compudog -
      1. Billy R's Avatar
        Billy R -
        Great article, I thought I was the last person that still lifted like that....
      1. Quatie's Avatar
        Quatie -
        I follow all these rules.
      1. HardCore1's Avatar
        HardCore1 -
        This should be a template for all newbies!
      1. drinkyboy's Avatar
        drinkyboy -
        Always wondered what the heck a back squat was but never gave a crap enough to ask lol. The internet is full of garbage and unfortunately many follow.
      1. OnionKnight's Avatar
        OnionKnight -
        i love the back squat standing piss one lol
      1. GymRat4Life's Avatar
        GymRat4Life -
        great stuff
      1. Billy R's Avatar
        Billy R -
        Originally Posted by HardCore1 View Post
        This should be a template for all newbies!
        When in doubt, put more weight on the bar.
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