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Training an uninjured limb can preserve strength in an injured limb. Meaning if you hurt your right arm, you should train your left arm.

Pavel Tsatsouline recommends training your midsection and your grip to maintain total body strength. So if you travel a lot, you can use this info to help preserve what you have while you're away.

Charlie Francis had his sprinters do heavy bench pressing a few days prior to races to keep their legs strong without directly fatiguing their legs. In other words, the bench press preserved leg strength.


wtf is going on here

…this all seems kind of screwy, no?

Training has global effect.

As Buddy Morris, former mentor of mine, once said:

The stress of training is greater than that of a broken bone because it encompasses the entire system. It encompasses the cardiac, cardiopulmonary, detoxification, hormonal, metabolic, central nervous system, neuromuscular, and […] immune system.

That’s all affected by training. And those systems do not recover at the same time.

The nervous system that contracts your biceps is the same nervous system that controls your hand when using a pencil, and this is why

using one limb effects the other limb
grip training maintains strength elsewhere
bench pressing can preserve leg strength

Your body has a global response to training.

When someone touches an ice cube to the small of your back. You don’t just sit there and say, “The small of my back is cold.”

The cold feeling causes a widespread bodily freako response. You flinch. You get goosebumps all over your body from the cold. You breathe quicker. It doesn't just make skin cold.

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Trying to lose fat, build muscle, and build a body you’re proud of?

Maybe you’re a little lost right now.

Maybe you don’t have much motivation.

Maybe you don’t what program or diet to use.

I don’t know…

But what I do know is this:

Everything you need is inside of you.

You’re capable of more than know.

You just have to open your eyes.

My weekly column can help.

Just a small little honest note from me sent every Sunday.

Unless I’m hungover.

And then it comes Monday.

What I’m trying to say is that it’ll come Monday.

(These weekly columns don’t get posted to the site.)

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