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John Paul Catanzaro
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Check out this week's health & fitness newsletter at http://tinyurl.com/news-feb-18
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You can learn more about the health consequences of a vegan diet at http://www.theelitetrainer.com/index.cfm?t=Blog&pi=BLOG&blid=295
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Any competitive powerlifter should easily be able to squat double their body weight. That’s a given, so it stands to reason that they should be able to squat their body weight on one leg. Right?

Well, get them to try it.

The movement is called a “pistol” and it’s tougher than it looks, especially for big guys and especially when it’s done in a controlled, butt-to-heel manner. They may have all the strength in the world, but balance, coordination and flexibility may be another issue!

Any strength athlete should be able to knock off 10 reps per leg with their body weight alone, and once that becomes easy a weighted vest can be used.

Determine what the limiting factor is:

Is it flexibility? Then do some stretching and get some body work done.

Is it balance? Then use support initially (hang on to the side of a power cage) and eventually wean yourself off one finger at a time.

Is it strength? Then build it up with unilateral movements such as step-ups, split squats and single-leg squats (with rear foot elevated on a bench).

A great resource for pistol training is The Naked Warrior (http://tinyurl.com/pavel-naked-warrior) by Pavel Tsatsouline. You'll go from zero to hero in no time!
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If you're truly serious about improving your athletic performance and you subscribe to the concept of training specificity, this is what you must focus on in the gym.
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Check out this week's health & fitness newsletter at http://tinyurl.com/news-feb-12

In this week's edition, you'll learn how to make grain-free pizza, how much protein is best for health and performance, how to emphasize specific muscle fibers during a lateral raise, how to extend the time under tension for a mega anabolic response, and more!‬
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Protein is important to build muscle, but how much do you really need? Find out here.
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By altering the position of your body or by using elastic resistance, you can alter the overload during a lateral raise and emphasize specific muscle fibers.
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It’s Encore Day at The Autoimmune Revolution. Missed some of the 35 expert talks this past week? They’re all unlocked for free today! Check it out at http://tinyurl.com/autoimmune-revolution
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Grain-free pizza has become a tradition for us on Super Bowl Sunday. If you're looking for a sneaky way to get your kids to eat a cruciferous vegetable, give this recipe a try.
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