The Positive Side Of Negativity.
No matter your interest, passion, life’s-work, paid employment, or “indentured servitude”, no matter what level of the game you are at, there is always, always more to learn.
We live in an amazing time in which virtually anything you want to know, learn or study is just a search and click away.
After selling my business a few years ago, I knew that I wanted to pursue more meaningful work, to attempt to combine my passions and interests, with sustainable income. —not an easy feat for sure.
In some ways I am a dreamer.
But, I’m also a realist too.
I have had the absolute blessing to in the last year create a personal training business and help clients with their individual goals, share their wins, emphatically share their challenges.
I also still have a “day job,” I wait tables. Not quite ready to go full time with the training.
Having been working out for over 25 years, I have volumes of experiences to draw from, both personally and through observation. I often think about specific training ideas, or even specific workouts that may have been from the early 90’s to achieve a result I am looking for.
Anyway, optimization of training, nutrition, lifestyle and supplementation is not only an ongoing curiosity, it is also a responsibility by my estimation.
I read manuscripts, watch videos, ask questions, you name it. I want to soak up all I can.
Recently, I have been noticing a trend in my searches and also on social media platforms of load for the sake of load.
Piling weight onto the bar.
Emphasizing resistance, but relinquishing quality repetitions.
Form be damned.
If you get nothing else from this post, please consider this.
As a natural trainee, strict textbook form is your friend. The target muscle(s) do not know whether you are pushing 50, 100, or 500 lbs.
I recently have rediscovered “negatives” as a excellent high-intensity technique.
I’ve really pushed this idea while I’m “working the impressive areas.”
I have been utilizing a minimum of 3 second negatives on nearly every movement.
Interestingly, I am not only seeing some increase in muscle, I’m also enjoying strength gains that I haven’t experienced for years.