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Week in Review

Vertical Pulling Goals

Chin-ups and pull-ups are very difficult for men and women. I’ve found working to get one unassisted is a good goal to have to get people to start training instead of just exercising. I’m all for most things that start to get people away from the first move of the day being arm curls, cable flyes, and the like. Definitely not for everybody all the time and not something you can just throw at everyone day one, but for a lot of people it’s a good exercise to work toward.

Falling Start

This falling start variation is good on it’s own, but I also see this as a possible regression because it seems to be easier to let yourself fall, as well as push down and back longer. Also, having one foot slightly back makes it easier to know which knee needs to drive aggressively first. I’ve seen enough athletes struggle to get the feel for traditional falling starts so this could be money for them to start with.

Overrated PR’s?

Let me start by saying, I don’t hate PR’s. I just think way too many people chase PR’s at all cost, including newbie lifters that chase them at the expense of getting in reps. The reality is, what gets you to PR’s is getting in a lot of quality reps. I’ll also add that once you have several years of lifting experience and a solid foundation of strength, PR’s become less and less important, given you don’t compete in powerlifting. If you asked me what my maxes are currently in any of the major lifts, I wouldn’t be able to tell you exactly, and it’s okay. What can I tell you for sure is that I have enough strength to do what I want and need to do with my body.

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