Is this just a normal failure point for rowing movements or could it be due to a specific weakness one can work on?
I was wondering what you think are the most OVERRATED nutritional practices that are currently the fad?
What, if any supplements, do you take or think are really neccisary?
I am currently doing WestSide for Skinny Bastards while trying to put on some weight. Focusing on getting stronger just seems to make sense to me. With that said do you think the program one uses really matters that much for people who havent been training that long?(IE under 3 years) Does it just come down to lifting heavy things over ones head? If the program does matter which ones have you seen the most success with when it comes to newer trainees trying to put on mass?
Thanks for all the info you have shared through t-mag. Your blogs are a good kick in the ass on days when my mind just isn’t focused on my training.[/quote]
Use less weight. You may also want to do a finisher set of partial rows using only the end range - in other words, do a set of “little reps” just using the last few inches. This is great for pull-ups as well.
When a skinny guy is eating for mass he has to think of it in terms of training. It’s not about pleasure; it’s about consuming fuel. You gotta get enough gas in the tank.
Just a little mindset trick. Comes in handy when you’re trying to eat a lot of quality foods, which is much tougher than eating a lot of crap foods.
Overrated nutritional practices? I could do a whole article here, but right now I’d have to say that too many people are focusing on carbs and not calories. Yes, I like controlled carb (but not super low carb) diets, but as with the fat free craze, people forget calories and sit around eating carb free cookies and low carb ice cream dipped in low carb milk. The profusion of low carb products on the market will eventually hurt the Atkins brand. Remember when low carb meant cheese, meat and eggs? We should go back there, at least to an extent, although I do like low carb milk and my daughter eats sugar free bread - something that would not have happened if it weren’t for the Atkins craze.
As for bulking, don’t eat crap foods, or least not often. Also, I think the Warrior Diet sucks.
- The “necessity” of supplements can be a tricky topic. Is protein powder necessesary? If you can’t eat enough protein from solids foods, then yes, it is.
Is a good fat loss product like Red Bands necessary? No, but it sure is nice to lose fat faster with less cravings while at the same time protecting LBM.
Is creatine necessary? No, but you’d be hard pressed to eat enough meat to equal a spoonful of supplemental creatine.
I wrote an article that can be found in the archives called “The Bodybuilder’s Hiearchy of Needs” that covers this Q in more detail. Check it out.
- Nope, the details of the program don’t matter much for a newbie. Sure, we want him to be using big basic compound exercises like deadlifts, rows, squats, bench press, overhead press and dips, but the specifics become less important the newer he is to lifting.
Doing any kind of lifting is more anabolic than doing nothing after all; that’s why newbies can make progress on poor programs. Still, they should not be spoiled by those newbie gains. Pretty soon they’ll need to train smart to keep the progress coming.
The longer you lift, the more educated you have to be.