Sunday, September 21, 2014

Highlights From Strength Training Anatomy Workout

These are the points that meant the most to me in "20 Steps to Developing Your Program" from "The Strength Training Anatomy Workout" by Frederic Delavier and Michael Gundill

8) How many sets should you do for each muscle?

  • Must always do 1 or 2 light sets as a warm up
  • Not doing easy sets to reach a magic number
  • You should have difficulty finishing your sets
  • When abrupt loss of strength occurs you know you have done too many sets

10) How many repetitions should you do in each set?

  • Intensity of muscle contraction is most important
  • If you can do 15 reps when you are supposed to do 12, then do them, but increase weight for next set

11) How quickly should you perform the repetitions?

  • When in doubt lift slowly rather than quickly
  • Take 1 or 2 seconds to lift the weight
  • Hold the contracted position for 1 sec while contracting the muscle as strongly as possible
  • Slowly release and lower the weight over 2 seconds

12) How long should a workout last?

  • Goal is to stimulate muscles to the max in the shortest time possible
  • Favor a workout's intensity rather than length
  • Warm-up does not count as workout time
Exercising over an hour is an indicator that you may be
  • Working too many muscles per session
  • Doing too many exercises
  • Doing too many sets
  • Taking too much rest time between sets

For more detailed information buy the book :) or see My Full Notes

There is a second volume to this series which has good reviews, but I have not read it
Amazon - Strength Training Anatomy Workout II 

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Monday, September 15, 2014

The Beginning

My name is Mark Dolan.  This blog is my take on
  1. Physical Fitness
  2. Mental Fitness
  3. Overall Healthy Living
The chief aim of a healthy lifestyle is to increase the number of years a person can be physically active and mentally acute.  All the other benefits are just icing on the cake.  Diet is the most important factor.

This blog will keep track of my progress as I
  1. Try to look like a fitness model
  2. Experiment with Nootropics to improve learning
  3. Keep my body and mind adapting
I am in no way tied to looking like a fitness model, that is just my current goal.  I plan on playing sports and/or changing up my workouts in the future.

One form of mental fitness is achieved through continuing education which can take on many forms from reading a book, to going to school, or watching tutorials on the web.  I will discuss Nootropics that increase the effectiveness of study and may decrease the chance of mental disease.

This blog will be closely tied to my twitter account and fitness site.
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I am a computer science student at Temple University.  Below are some links to my other interests.  Any feedback is much appreciated!


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Contact Info:
Mark Elmer Dolan
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