Post from the heyday of Myosynthesis & Amped Training c. 2005-2013
BEFORE YOU READ THIS!
Myosynthesis is closed.
These are all posts that written pre-2013.
That was an angrier and more skeptical time on a very different internet. There’s a lot of material here that I won’t agree with anymore, or which is just plain outdated. Read it at your own risk.
But couldn’t everyone’s life become a work of art? Why should the lamp or the house be an art object, but not our life?
Here I’ve curated posts which I consider to be important, which will give new readers an overview of my ideas (and make it easier for long-time followers to find the nuggets). There’s no suggested reading order, so read at your leisure. Here I’ve curated posts which I consider to be important, which will give new readers an overview of my ideas (and make it easier for long-time followers to find the nuggets). There’s no suggested reading order, so read at your leisure.
Wondering where Amped Training went? Read here.
These were all the posts I wrote while researching and beating myself up with daily squats to a max.
- The Limits In Your Head (CNS Fatigue)
- Adrenal Fatigue Revisited [Recovery]
- How much can the CNS handle? [Stress]
- Zen and the Art of Squatting, Part II
- Zen and the Art of Squatting, Part I
- Squatting still hasn’t killed me.
- I’m addicted to daily squatting.
- Observations on Bulgarian-inspired strength training
- CNS vs. Peripheral Fatigue
- Using Feedback to Manage Your Training
- High Volume Training: What’s the story? Part 2
- High Volume Training: What’s the story?
Articles about Training
These are posts that cover miscellaneous nuts and bolts.
- Death by Monotony [Staleness]
- The Value of Restraint in Training Weights [Strength Progressions]
- Intensity & Training to Failure [Muscle Gain]
- Pain Isn’t A Virtue [Muscle & Strength Gains]
- Let’s talk about fitness.
- Recovery Strategies
- Raw Lifting and Linear Periodization
- Autoregulatory Training vs. Linear Periodization [Research Review]
- A Defense of Round-backed Deadlifting
- Occlusion, Ischemia, and ‘The Pump’
- ‘Functional’ Cross Training vs. Specific Training: General Means General
- The Difference in Speed, Power, and Explosiveness
- Remembering Unloading Weeks
- Building Muscle Mass: A Look at How Muscle Grows
- A Quick Rundown of Overtraining and Fatigue
This is probably what you’re here for.
- Sheiko Powerlifting Routines
- Undulating Periodization for Bodybuilding
- Basic Bodybuilding 101: Fat Loss Workouts
- Louie Simmons on Bodybuilding
- Auto-regulating Workouts for Bodybuilding, Strength, & Fat Loss
- Basic Strength Workouts for the Beginner and the Broken
- The Finnish Deadlift Routine
- Bulgarian-style Training for Strength & Powerlifting
- APRE for Strength & Size
- Brian Siders: Intermediate Powerlifting
- Doug Hepburn: Power & Pump Routines
- The Training Methods of Bob Peoples
- 5×5 Workout Routines: Not Just a Program
- A Trip to the Gun Show: Thoughts on Training Arms
This collection of posts relates How I Think About Things. Also included here are discussions of biology: genetics & epigenetics, neuroscience, and other topics only obliquely related to physical training.
- Leverage Volatility
- Thinking About Complexity
- A Calorie Isn’t a Calorie(?)
- A Systems View of Exercise
- Brain States & Willpower
- Outside Context Problem
- Complex Nonlinear Systems [Videos]
- The Language of Failure [Neuropsych]
- The Cortical Lottery: Dopamine and the Activity Set-point [Research Review]
Knowledge in Fitness
The difficulty is to try and teach the multitude that something can be true and untrue at the same time.
This series of posts talks about how scientific knowledge, from exercise science and nutrition, informs debates about the “right” way to train and eat for results.