Syatt Fitness: The Week In Review (8/16/2013)


Good morning and happy Friday!

The first batch of Syatt Fitness T-Shirts came in and are now available for purchase HERE! Requests have already started piling in so if you want the original Syatt Fitness T-Shirt make sure you order it asap.

Finally, I hope you have some free time this weekend because I’ve got some incredibly good reads for you to review.



Articles By Jordan

What is the Best Set and Rep Scheme?

Mastering the 1-Arm Push-up

Improve Performance with the Suitcase Deadlift

“Girl” Push-Ups Are a Waste of Time


Daily Strength Lesson’s

Monday’s Strength Lesson: There is no movement that will inherently make you faster. The ONLY way to increase speed and power is by actively trying to move the weight as fast as possible regardless of the movement being performed

We often hear that movements, such as the Olympic Lifts, increase speed while the Powerlifts increase strength.

In reality ,though, that’s a drastic oversimplification of how things work.

Q: What if we lazily executed the olympic lifts and didn’t try to move as fast as possible?

A: We wouldn’t get faster despite performing the O-Lifts

Q: What if we reduce the weight in the Powerlifts and focus on lifting with high speeds and perfect technique?

A: We’d improve our speed despite performing the Powerlifts.

There is no single movement that can inherently make you faster/stronger/powerful/etc…it all depends on how YOU train the movement.


Tuesday’s Strength Lesson: Train others the way you would like to be trained: As an individual.

Too often coaches neglect to account for individual differences, needs, and preferences and will instead program everyone the exact same way.

This is unacceptable.

Each and every client must be treated and trained as an individual with unique goals and needs.

If you went to a coach you wouldn’t want her/him to give you a generic program, right? You’d want something to help YOU achieve your individual goals.

Do the same for others. Give them what THEY need and deserve.


Wednesday’s Strength Lesson: When Squatting…faster down = faster up.

This past week Murph from Total Performance Sports gave me some of the best feedback I’ve ever received.

I was working up to a Squat 1RM and, for my final warm-up, took 395lbs. For some reason I wasn’t confident under the weight and took it down wayyy to slow. After I locked the weight out Murph bluntly told me to, “Stop acting like a pussy. Take the weight down like you have a pair of balls and go fast. Faster down equals faster up.”

The next attempt I took 425lbs, went down fast and came up even faster, and hit a new personal record.

Moral of the story: Take the weight down as fast as possible while maintaining control and come back up even faster. Be confident. Act like you have a pair.


Thursday’s Strength Lesson: It’s not about the money (trust me, it’s not a lot)…it’s about doing what I love to do.

I’m often asked why I pursue a career in Strength & Conditioning when I know I’m not going to make a hell of a lot of money. Why “waste my time” with coaching when I could do something else – possibly something easier – and make a shit ton more?

Simple: It’s not about the money. It’s about doing what I love to do.

Every day I get to wake up and dive into a pile of work that I legitimately enjoy doing. I get to write about the principles of my craft, design programs to help people achieve their goals, and interact with my clients/friends/co-workers in an absolutely incredible environment.

I do what I do because it makes me happy and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

Find what makes you happy and do it. As a wise person once said, “Do what you love to do and you’ll never work a day in your life.”


Friday’s Strength Lesson: “Nobody can hurt me without my permission.”


Recommended Reading

  1. Teres Major: An Important Muscle That is Often Overlooked via Mike Reinold
  2. How to Attain a Slender Look Like Jessica Alba and Zoe Saldana via Bret Contreras
  3. What is the Best Set and Rep Scheme? via Syatt Fitness
  4. The Biggest Muscle You’re NOT Training via Joy Victoria
  5. “Starvation Mode?” – How Dieting Affects Us and How to Reverse It via Leigh Peele
  6. Mastering the 1-Arm Push-up via Syatt Fitness
  7. Why Some People are Fat and Others are Thin via Armi Legge
  8. 6 Coaching Lessons via Mike Robertson
  9. Improve Performance with the Suitcase Deadlift via Syatt Fitness
  10. Managing Laxity in Lifters and Athletes via Miguel Aragoncillo
  11. Spot Reduction is a MYTH!!! via Bret Contreras
  12. Interview with Nutrition Expert Alan Aragon via Bob Kupniewski
  13. 5 Ways to Make Bench Pressing More Shoulder Friendly via Tony Gentilcore
  14. 4 Myths of Rotator Cuff Exercises via Mike Reinold
  15. “Girl” Push-Ups Are a Waste of Time via Syatt Fitness