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Calling All Athletes!

As a little forerunner to my Prime Time shift tonight, I figured I’d throw this out there…

We’ve obviously got a lot of weekend warriors around here who are just looking to look good nekkid, but I also know that we’ve got a lot of athletes out there, too. This is the crew that’s really up my alley, so let’s hear from this crowd.

What’s your age?

What’s your sport?

At what level do you compete (high school, college, semi-pro, pro, adult amateur)?

Where do you train (e.g. housewife gym, or athlete-specific facility)?

Where do you live?

Eric, did you write the cool tip about training for lower back endurance on the hyperextention using isometric pauses?

If yes, can you elaborate on this type of training for the lwrb?

[quote]Eric Cressey wrote:
As a little forerunner to my Prime Time shift tonight, I figured I’d throw this out there…

We’ve obviously got a lot of weekend warriors around here who are just looking to look good nekkid, but I also know that we’ve got a lot of athletes out there, too. This is the crew that’s really up my alley, so let’s hear from this crowd.

What’s your age?

What’s your sport?

At what level do you compete (high school, college, semi-pro, pro, adult amateur)?

Where do you train (e.g. housewife gym, or athlete-specific facility)?

Where do you live?[/quote]

Hey EC,
First, let me thank you for all your great articles. OK, now on to the good stuff.

Age: 15
Sport: Baseball
Level: High School
Location: Suburbs of Atlanta

During the school year, I train at my school, but during the summer and Christmas vacation I’m forced to workout at the local YMCA.

27 yr old Rugby player in Boca Raton, FL. My club competes in Div. II of the USA Rugby union. I train in my garage and a house wife gym (boo!) which I had to join because the university gym for non-scholarship athletes got rid of all the power racks for Smith machines!!!Gyearrrghhh.

Our club is traveling to Newport,RI. next weekend for the sweet 16 playoff round.

Hey Eric,

Age: 40 (41 in June)
Sport: Powerlifting 181 but have not competed in several years due to Rodeo injury.

Level: Made top 100 in DL (590) and Total (I think).

Train: At home mostly. Sometimes at gym.

Live: Idaho. I know, not exactly a powerlifting mecca.

Keep up the good work, Barry

[quote]Eric Cressey wrote:
As a little forerunner to my Prime Time shift tonight, I figured I’d throw this out there…

We’ve obviously got a lot of weekend warriors around here who are just looking to look good nekkid, but I also know that we’ve got a lot of athletes out there, too. This is the crew that’s really up my alley, so let’s hear from this crowd.

What’s your age?

What’s your sport?

At what level do you compete (high school, college, semi-pro, pro, adult amateur)?

Where do you train (e.g. housewife gym, or athlete-specific facility)?

Where do you live?[/quote]

17 Years old

Basketball Center (6’9" 205)
Bench 185, Squat 280, Deadlift 250, Hang Clean 155.

Need the bulk but remains so difficult when playing as much as I do.

Played 4 years Varsity ball, and playing canadian university basketball next year.

[quote]Eric Cressey wrote:
As a little forerunner to my Prime Time shift tonight, I figured I’d throw this out there…

We’ve obviously got a lot of weekend warriors around here who are just looking to look good nekkid, but I also know that we’ve got a lot of athletes out there, too. This is the crew that’s really up my alley, so let’s hear from this crowd.

What’s your age?

What’s your sport?

At what level do you compete (high school, college, semi-pro, pro, adult amateur)?

Where do you train (e.g. housewife gym, or athlete-specific facility)?

Where do you live?[/quote]

19 Years Old

Football (Strong Safety/Outside linebacker)

College D1: Indiana University

Reside in the D.C. area in the summer, Bloomington and Indy in the school year.

Info: 6’ 224 (I’m getting down to playing shape of 210-215ish)

Numbers

Bench: 320 1RM (225 for 16 as well)
Squat:405
Dead:Somewhere in the mid 4’s i’ll do reps at 405, don’t max out because I’m still rehabbing from sciatica.
Powerclean: was at 230, down to 205 as a result of my bout with sciatica.

40: 4.76 (currently) 4.65 (best)
Just got back into sprint training, my goal is to hit low 4.6 or even high 4.5 by the middle of august.

My weaknesses are flexibility, which is currently hindering my sprinting ability. Once that’s corrected, I feel as if the sky is the limit.

Also, I’m a CCS (NSPA). I know a thing or two about training, but i’ve always been very very intrested in your writing Eric, both here and other websites, your knowledge is incredible. I get off work at 7:15 EST, hopefully you’ll still be on around 730ish EST.

hoosier

Collin Ashmore
22
Olympic Lifting
College
I was training at down at school in our own little private club gym, but now that I’m home for the summer, I’m kind of shit creek.
Laporte, IN

I also had the question about the isometric hyperextensions. I sent you an email, but I’m not sure you recieved it or maybe you just haven’t had time. But I’ll post it here just in case its easier for you.

My lower back seems to be my biggest weak point. Whenever I get to low on heavy RDL’s my lower back rounds, especially after a couple of reps. I think it has a lot to do with endurance and I was thinking about doing either some isometric hyperextensions or reverse hyperextensions to work on it.

So
first,do you reccommend one over the other?

second, how much of my body should be on the table I would be using for the reverse hyper holds?

and third, is there a progression you could offer for working on these, say up to using bands and weight even?

Thanks a lot
Collin

[quote]Eric Cressey wrote:
As a little forerunner to my Prime Time shift tonight, I figured I’d throw this out there…

We’ve obviously got a lot of weekend warriors around here who are just looking to look good nekkid, but I also know that we’ve got a lot of athletes out there, too. This is the crew that’s really up my alley, so let’s hear from this crowd.

What’s your age?

What’s your sport?

At what level do you compete (high school, college, semi-pro, pro, adult amateur)?

Where do you train (e.g. housewife gym, or athlete-specific facility)?

Where do you live?[/quote]

Coach Cressey
Age=20

Sport= Rugby, I play for the University of California, Berkeley, Division I mens.

I have access to pretty much anything.
The Varsity Weight Room, Training Quarters, etc.

[quote]Eric Cressey wrote:
As a little forerunner to my Prime Time shift tonight, I figured I’d throw this out there…

We’ve obviously got a lot of weekend warriors around here who are just looking to look good nekkid, but I also know that we’ve got a lot of athletes out there, too. This is the crew that’s really up my alley, so let’s hear from this crowd.

What’s your age?
[/quote]
20

Duathlon
Triathlon

Are those considered sports?

College

Stairwells, Indoor Trainer, Track, Ocean, Pool, GW Athletic Facility

[quote]

Where do you live?[/quote]

Washington, DC

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23 years old

Just finished collegiate rugby, looking to play D1 Mens rugby this fall

Looking for a hardcore powerlifting gym this summer to train at in Minnesota

Age: 17
Sport: Basketball (6’3’’ 170)

I’m dead serious about my game yet I only play streetball. The intensity is higher on the playgrounds and you get to play adults.
Plus high school coaches suck anyway.

What’s your age?
16 years old
What’s your sport?
football and basketball
At what level do you compete (high school, college, semi-pro, pro, adult amateur)?
high schoolio
Where do you train (e.g. housewife gym, or athlete-specific facility)?
YMCA…no flashy shizit
Where do you live?
central illinois

Age= 18
Sport= Point Sparring (Martial arts)
Competition level= National
I train= Home gym, martial arts studio
I live= Montgomery County, MD.(DC metro area)

Age: 23
Sport: Gymnastics
Level: competed JO (Junior Olympic) from when I was about 8-18, just finished up my collegiate career, might do some national level meets next year
Train: University of Michigan
Live: Ann Arbor, Michigan

What’s your age? 22

What’s your sport? Powerlifting

At what level do you compete (high school, college, semi-pro, pro, adult amateur)? The same way I like my porn: Amateur :wink:

Where do you train (e.g. housewife gym, or athlete-specific facility)? Commercial gym and two garage gyms.

Where do you live? Jacksonville, Florida

EC, I have a couple of questions for you. What kind of PL gear do you use? What comps are you planning on competing in soon? What federations do you lift in? How long have you been Powerlifting? I know you are the deadlifting type, like myself, what do you bench?

Thanks for your time and being a great ambassador for our sport.

Joe

Age? 20

Sport? Lacrosse

What level? College D1 Hofstra

Where do you train? At school during the season, and will go up to school during the summer when i need to use the platforms and bumper plates, other wise in my basement(squat rack, Oly weights up to 300, db’s up to 80’s, and a bunch of other stuff, bands, med balls, etc) its not to bad down there.

Where do you live?

In Long Island 20 mins away from Hofstra.

I would love to see how you would train us field athletes, football, lacrosse, even soccer, hockey, rugby. Most recent articles have to do with powerlifting, thats great and all, but i’d love something specific for the athletes.

I’m probably going to be using mostly a modified west side template, and will move to teir training as fall approaches and i need to start doing more running and sport training.

[quote]Robert Monti wrote:
Eric, did you write the cool tip about training for lower back endurance on the hyperextention using isometric pauses?

If yes, can you elaborate on this type of training for the lwrb? [/quote]

Just responded on the other thread; sorry I didn’t see your inquiry sooner. Don’t overthink things; add these in at the end of your sessions and gradually increase the duration of the holds. You can use shorter sets with added weight, too.

[quote]apayne wrote:
27 yr old Rugby player in Boca Raton, FL. My club competes in Div. II of the USA Rugby union. I train in my garage and a house wife gym (boo!) which I had to join because the university gym for non-scholarship athletes got rid of all the power racks for Smith machines!!!Gyearrrghhh.[/quote]

Brings a tear to my eye, man. What university is that? We ought to protect other T-Nation readers from future enrollment!

Good stuff! That’s not too far down the road from where I am; are you headed to Salve Regina? Beautiful town/city. Good luck!

[quote]mozhne wrote:
Hey Eric,

Age: 40 (41 in June)
Sport: Powerlifting 181 but have not competed in several years due to Rodeo injury.

Level: Made top 100 in DL (590) and Total (I think).

Train: At home mostly. Sometimes at gym.

Live: Idaho. I know, not exactly a powerlifting mecca.

Keep up the good work, Barry[/quote]

That’s a great pull. I actually watched a few minutes of rodeo yesterday on ESPN; those guys are much better athletes than people give them credit for. Plus, you gotta have balls to screw with a pissed-off bull!