September to October Mesocycle Programming [2019]

Well hello there! Today, I'm going to share the programming I created after reading Overcoming Gravity. I learned so much in that book and if you want to hear how I first discovered it, and the truths I realized I needed to implement, check out my previous post, True Strength Training.

I created this routine, which I plan on following for 6 weeks, and then I will evaluate my progress and decide if I should change up some of the exercises or stay the course for an additional 2 weeks. Mesocycles can range from 6-8 weeks and are followed by a deloading week. It seems like deload weeks aren't as necessary for beginners, but my body will tell me whether it needs one or not. Basically, if I am feeling fatigued, de-motivated, and/or plateauing, a rest week will be just what the doctor ordered.

Because I'm ambitious, I decided to choose 3 pull exercises and 3 push exercises coupled with 2 leg exercises. I will be incorporating a rest day every other day. My rest days will not be...

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True Strength Training

 

Wow! This week has been a whirlwind. After making my progress update video last week, I realized that I must be doing something wrong in my training. For having worked every day for 6 months and not having that much to show for it, I decided to look for some books on programming. I came across Steven Lowe's Overcoming Gravity on Amazon. The reviews were awesome and I decided that it would be well worth spending $50 to check it out.

Thank goodness for Amazon Prime. I read the book in 24 hours (yes, I stayed up most of the night it was that good). I took copious notes and was blown away. I was accidentally sent the 1st edition instead of the 2nd. It was good, but now that I have the 2nd edition in my hands, I can say it is a far superior resource. So make sure you get the 2nd edition. This link will take you to the 2nd edition.

I learned several things from this book:

1) I was overtraining

2) I was training for endurance, not strength

3) My training was not balanced

4) I...

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Janelle's Journey | Learning to Handstand Press

 

Hi Guys! I've been working hard to nail my handstand press. It has been a bucket list item for me for years, but I really didn't have any plan to achieve it. I mean I had taken courses on Alo moves called "Quest for the Press," but most of the training moves were impossible for me to even execute. When I discovered Brian's Handstand Press course (message me and I'll give you the deets and make an intro to Brian--yes, he pays me a small commission if I refer you and you end up signing up), and it promised a system that would help me get my handstand press within 3 months, I was all ears.

The program cost me $5k and it ended up being a 6-month course. Unfortunately, I didn't end up getting my handstand press, but I did gain considerable strength, a greater understanding of what I needed to work on in order to get my handstand press, some incredible friends, an upgraded mindset, and an increased determination to achieve my handstand press. Most importantly, it inspired me to...

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