Monday, November 07, 2011

The LIMP Method- Intro to my ebook for personal trainers

I'm aware quite a few trainers read this blog so this post is for them or any readers who already have a decent bit of strength training knowledge and experience-

I have written an ebook for personal trainers. Its ugly. There are no pictures. I don't cover mobility, or supplementation or nutrition. I don't invent new muscles or science things up to make them sexier. I don't make claims like you'll get great results in a week with just a few minutes of training a day. All of the programs are , on some level, horrible.

What you get is 9 months worth of the programs I have devdeloped over many years of turning fat, stressed out lawyers into athletic badasses.

What you will also get, I hope, is some entertainment. Here's the intro for free. If you want the book its 19.99.

Mail me at because I am too computer illiterate to be bothered making a sales page.

Total Rebuild Introduction
I was going to kick this manual off with a bit of a rant against functional training and the rampant bullshitification of the personal training industry. But you know what? at this stage I no longer feel the need to defend myself or really make much of a case.

If you haven't woken up to the fact that proper, intelligent, hard and heavy weight training is the best possible way to transform your clients bodies then I'm not going to try and argue sense into you.

So I thought I'd flip the idea on it's head and give you my guide to making any exercise instantly more "functional"

All you need to remember is the acronym "LIMP"

This will allow you to instantly modify such time-tested exercises as the deadlift or power snatch so that you can avoid pesky things like results, strength or muscle.

The LIMP method

L is for Lighten- remember, in functional training we need to avoid overload at all costs. Overload leads to adaptation, this leads to your clients improving and if you're serious about being a functional trainer you need to forget about silly ideas like that!

I is for instability - along the same lines as the "lighten" principle, introducing an element of instability further reduces the clients ability to produce force and overload muscle groups. Great news! Remember, it's not about getting stronger, bigger, leaner or better, it's about getting functiony! Grab those Bosus boys!

MP is for multi planar- so you've lightened the weight so its roughly equivalent to two wet socks, and you've made the client so unstable they can barely perform the movement properly. Now, in the words of Nigel Tufnel "where you gonna go?"
I'll tell you where! Now it's time to go multi planar!
making a movement so complex that the client is literally doing a different exercise with each repetition is a great way to avoid nasty old mister hypertrophy. Also, mastery of particular movements takes thousands of correct repetitions. Adding multi planar, overly complex movements to an already unstable client will ensure the only thing they'll master is how to handle disappointment when they look in the mirror.

So, now that you're all graduates of the Zack Cahill school of functional training you can stop reading if you like. Unless of course, you're interested in results . In which case read on...
(hmmm, I guess that turned into a rant after all)

Beginner Programs-
The Aegis Training 3 Month Strength Training Progression

Intermediate Programs-
The Arnold Programs - Bennett 2.0, Blaine 2.0

Advanced Programs-
Thor 2.0 (12 week program)

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