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HIGHER ORDER TECHNOLOGY (“HOT”) CONSIDERS THE GOAL…THEN THE METHODOLOGY  When we first started designing nutritional supplements for athletes, the goal was to help them go faster, higher, farther.  For bodybuilders it was to give them the wherewithall to get massive and cut.  The central question about technology back then was, “What CAN we do?” Sports training scientists soon began…

HIT with a HAMMER

To avoid being HIT with a HAMMER, I feel compelled to make these two important disclaimers before I begin writing:  ·  As long as whatever form of training you’re using doesn’t hurt you, it’s ”good.”  Even if it keeps you from achieving your maximum potential, it’s better than no training at all.   So, on a scale of good,…

The Zigzag Diet

by Frederick C. Hatfield, Ph.D. Convention has it that there are three ways to lose weight: 1) dehydration, 2) fat loss, and 3) lean muscle weight loss. Fat loss is the ONLY acceptable route for you. Dehydration is never healthy or acceptable, and losing lean muscle is totally counter to everything that a healthy, fitness-oriented…

Popular Training Systems: Are They Really “Systems?”

by Frederick C. Hatfield, Ph.D. Oh, my aching brain! Training systems galore! Training techniques beaucoup! All of the competing systems and techniques available these days are enough to fry anyone’s brain! It’s called “hyperchoice” and the result is that more and more iron worshippers are opting for the one that’s presented with the greatest sizzle…

Finding The Ideal Training Split

by Frederick C. Hatfield, Ph.D. One of my favorite lines is, “I can pass by the weight room, smell the iron inside, and instantly begin to grow.” Simply, some people tend to thrive on very little exercise, while others seem to be incapable of making gains no matter how hard, long and frequently they train.…

A Fresh Look At Strength

by Frederick C. Hatfield , Ph.D. Much is written about strength. But, save for all too few research documents, little of it goes beyond musings about how to acquire more than the norm. While this utilitarian approach to understanding strength is laudable, too few athletes, bodybuilders and coaches have ever taken the time to pull…

Conditioning Tips for Powerlifters

DAY % MAX x REPS/SETS THERAPIES, STRATEGIES & ASSISTANCE EXERCISES 1 B 85% X 3/5 S 80% X 2/5 B 120% Overload x 3 Virtually ALL of your assistance exercises for the first 4 weeks of this mesocycle MUST be geared toward eliminating your perceived weaknesses. 3 D 85% X 3/5 6 S 85% X…

ABC Training Made REAL Simple! Part I: Movements

by Frederick C. Hatfield II, MS, MFS, CSCS The ABC system of bodybuilding training is a program based on the seven rules of training. These rules are not new, nor can anyone claim to have discovered them. Over the years, these rules have gained acceptance as “laws;” they are set in stone. While Dr. Hatfield…

10 Questions With Joe Defranco!

Conducted by Frederick C. Hatfield II, MS, MFS, CSCS 1. Joe, you work out of New Jersey, but your website reaches far more athletes. Is there one single piece of advice you can give to athletes who can’t train under you? Yeah, here’s my advice; if you’re getting the majority of your training advice from…

ABC Training Made REAL Simple! Part II: Movements

by Frederick C. Hatfield II, MS, MFS, CSCS In Part I of ABC Training Made REAL Simple, I gave a 28-day program, which focused on body part training. This time I’d like to focus on incorporating ABC training on “movements”. One of the problems with the ABC program when you focus on body parts is…