In episode 374 of the Absolute Strength Podcast, I discuss stress's role in our training. Stress is a topic I talk about with clients quite a bit. It's a personal topic, so it has better context in a one-on-one situation. But, collectively, I think stress's role in our training needs more attention. When creating programs, manipulating the training variables like volume, frequency, intensity, etc., is pretty straightforward in a vacuum. But life is rarely that clean. However, people tend to program like it is. Unfortunately, we are not all living in a Bulgarian Olympic lifting facility from the 1980s. When a bunch of outside stress gets stacked on each other, it will impact your training. I also answer questions on daily activity impacting performance, muscle imbalances stemming from an injury, and glute training for powerlifting. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!
Questions on the show:
Q1: I work an active job, so I usually take 14-20 thousand steps per day. What kind of effect does that have on muscle gain and strength? Is there a point where doing too many steps will hinder my progress?
Q2: I tore my ACL and meniscus a few years back. I no longer have knee pain, but my right hamstring is still much weaker and cramps up easily. I'm worried RDLs and good mornings will just get taken over by my stronger leg. Do you have any advice?
Q3: I don't hear you talk about glute training much. Do you train your glutes? If so, what exercises do you think carry over the most for powerlifting?
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