By Mike Tuchscherer 07 March 2018
Many of us treat “what works for you” like a math problem and it’s not. If I ask you “What is 247*53”, you likely don’t know the answer right off the top of your head. But with a little calculation, you can pretty easily figure out that the answer is 13091. Now if I ask you again “what is 247*53”, you don’t need to go through the same steps. You just remember that the last time the answer worked out to be 13091 and assume it’s the same answer this time. And as long as you did the math right, that’s a good assumption to make. It saves you time.
By Mike Tuchscherer 28 February 2018
Bottom line up front: It wasn’t developed for Powerlifters and will have limited direct applicability. A much better way is to extract the useful information from it and apply the principles rather than the chart directly.
By Mike Tuchscherer 14 February 2018
Bottom line up front: measuring fatigue helps you make useful training choices, but will not help you to decide whether to go for a PR or not. Read more…
by Mike Tuchscherer, 10 Jan 2018
In 2013 I met Boris Sheiko at a seminar he was conducting in Vicenza, Italy. It was quite an enjoyable time and we had several interesting conversations that day, particularly over lunch. I’m sure it’s no surprise and probably goes without saying that we generally agreed on most things coaching related. But one thing that we didn’t agree on was particularly interesting. He feels that working with 90%+ loads are especially taxing to the lifter. I do not. Coach Sheiko (or whoever runs his social media accounts) recently posted about his opinion, so I wanted to weigh in with mine.
by Mike Tuchscherer, 20 December 2017
Deloading is taking an easy week every third or fourth week, right? Well… That’s a caricature of what effective deloading looks like. In most standard cases, deload training is intended to reduce accumulated fatigue and facilitate adaptation to future training cycles.
By Mike Tuchscherer, 14 November 2017
One of the general movement deficiencies I identify in the powerlifts is “squishing”, but a lot of people don’t know what I mean by this term. In powerlifting, you need to be solid and stable to effectively transmit force into the barbell without any leakage with maximum safety. “Squishing” is basically a failure to do that. It can look different in each lift, so let me explain in a bit more detail.
Correcting Max-Effort Technical Deviations
By Mike Tuchscherer, 10 September 2017
I’ve written before about why I think including assistance work is a good idea. And I do mean *assistance* work, not just supplemental work. And the more I think about it, the more convinced I become that this is the best way to develop strength over the long term.
Quick aside on exercise classification before we get started…
Competition Exercise: The exercise as it’s performed in competition. If you squat low-bar in competition, then high bar squats are not a competition exercise. If you wear a belt in competition, beltless work is not a competition exercise.
Assistance Exercise: Exercises that are very closely related to the competition exercise, but contain 1-2 small changes to give the lift a certain emphasis. Things like pause squats, deadlifts with chains, or board presses all fall into this category.
Supplemental Exercise: Exercises that train the same muscles, but not the same movements. Usually trained for higher reps as well. Exercises like lunges, military press, and good mornings fit into this category.
Using Block Reviews
By Mike Tuchscherer, 12 September 2017
In my estimation, there is only one good reason to keep a training log – to help you make better training decisions. That’s it. Lots of people keep a log just to write down what they did, but never make use of the information. What’s the point?
Our training log is a free application that ANYONE can use. And we’re building new tools all the time to help you make better training choices. One feature that I really love is called the Block Review.
Purpose of the Block Review
We all know that people respond differently to training. It’s training law – the law of individual differences. It’s trivially obvious to observe. So once you’re past the beginning stages the question becomes how can you optimize your training so that it’s producing the best progress it can – FOR YOU. Unfortunately no one can tell you what it is. There is no test you can take. There’s no system that will find it for you. You need to find it for yourself. And figuring this out is where the block review proves highly valuable. Read more…
Personality types and Training: Help us Figure it Out
By Mike Tuchscherer, 12 September 2017
Attention Powerlifters: Help me start to answer how personality affects training. There is a survey linked below. It will take about 20min to complete. In it you’ll find out about your personality as well as help us gain some knowledge about the training you find most effective. Read more…
Singles for Assistance Work — Why?
By Mike Tuchscherer, August 8, 2017