Syatt Fitness: The Week In Review (11/15/2013)

by Jordan Syatt November 15, 2013


Good morning and happy Friday!

I’m up extra early today as I need to hurry up and make my way over to York Pennsylvania for the IPA Powerlifting Nationals starting tomorrow morning.

I’m a bit superstitious (it’s ok, you can judge me) so I’m not going to divulge too much information right now but rest assured you’ll get a comprehensive play-by-play sometime next week.

In other news, before we get this installment of The Week In Review I want to make sure you know that yesterday I released a FREE 45-minute seminar entitled The Beginners Guide to Strength Training.

Beginner's Guide to Strength Training

It’s an extraordinarily comprehensive seminar and – of course – the best part is that it’s 100% free. For an in-depth break down of what exactly is included within the seminar take a look at this short article.

Finally, to download your seminar simply sign up for my free newsletter at the bottom of this page and the link will be sent directly to your inbox.

And with all that being said, let’s get to this weeks’ installment of The Week In Review!

Have a great weekend!


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The Beginners Guide to Strength Training: A FREE 45-Minute Seminar


Daily Strength Lesson’s

Monday’s Strength Lesson: 

> What’s better: Single-Leg or Bi-Lateral exercises?

> What’s most beneficial: Single-Leg or Bi-Lateral exercises?

> Which one should be omitted from our programs: Single-Leg or Bi-Lateral exercises?

The hype around single-leg and bi-lateral training is wayyyyyy overdone. Some consider bi-lateral exercises to be the death of the human race while others think of single-leg drills as useless and a waste of time.

What gives?

The reality is that BOTH have a time and a place within a well designed training program. In fact, there’s absolutely no reason not to include BOTH of them within your training routine! Each option provides unique benefits that – when combined – leads to much better outcomes than either option alone.

Training, nutrition, and most things in life are rarely as black & white as “what’s best: this or that?”

Instead, we should start to think about what’s best *for a given situation* and use that information to make the best choice at that point in time.


Tuesday’s Strength Lesson: A powerful Deadlift lockout cannot be built unless you practice locking out the Deadlift with power.

To give you an idea of what I mean by “practice locking out the Deadlift with power,” check out my short video below explaining The Dimel Deadlift.

The Dimel Deadlift

I’m not going to explain The Dimel any further here because, if you watch the video, well…it’s self explanatory.

Want to lock out with power? Start practicing to lock out with power.


Wednesday’s Strength Lesson: Strength comes in all shapes and sizes. There is not a single “look” that strength training can produce.

Training for strength won’t make you look like a Bodybuilder.

Training for strength won’t make you look like a Powerlifter.

Training for strength won’t make you look like…well…anything other than what you want.

Many people are worried to begin a strength training program for fear of getting too big/bulky, becoming muscle bound, etc, etc ,etc.

It’s important to understand, however, that strength training alone will NOT do any of those things.

Instead, *how* you implement strength training combined with what (and how much) you EAT will determine the physical effects you experience through training.

Plain and simple, strength training doesn’t have a single effect (i.e. make you big and bulky) on your body. Rather, there are numerous subsets of strength training and – depending on which you utilize as well as what (and how much) you eat – your body will experience different results.

To illustrate, think about gymnasts, dancers, and ice skaters…they’re strong as all hell but NONE of them look like a bodybuilder or powerlifter.


Simple, they strength train (and EAT) in a way that fits their specific needs, goals, and preferences.

Remember, strength comes in all shapes and sizes. There is not a single “look” that strength training can produce.


Thursday’s Strength Lesson: Do you have shoulder pain or discomfort? Are you looking for some simple, basic, and effective exercises to aid in fixing the problem?

Below are 3 of my all-time favorite exercises to improve shoulder health & function:

The Batwing Row

Scap Push-ups

Seated Scapular Wall Slides

You can perform these movements a minimum of 2 days per week while focusing on maintaining proper form throughout the entire movement. No need to go too heavy on these, either. Simply body weight or a light external load is more than sufficient to accomplish our goal.

Generally speaking, 2-4 sets of 8-12 repetitions is sufficient for each individual exercise.


Friday’s Strength Lesson: “You have been told that, even like a chain, you are as weak as your weakest link. This is but half the truth. You are also as strong as your strongest link. To measure you by your smallest deed is to reckon the power of ocean by the frailty of its foam. To judge you by your failures is to cast blame upon the seasons for their inconstancy.”

Recommended Reading

  1. How to Be the Worst Personal Trainer Ever via Bret Contreras
  2. Cleaning Up Your Chin-Up Technique via Eric Cressey
  3. 6 of the BEST Glute Ham Raise Progressions via Syatt Fitness
  4. My Opinions on Controversial Topics via Go Kaleo
  5. The +1 Workout via Mike Robertson
  6. Only One Body via Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning
  7. Every Single Exercise Variation Imaginable via Syatt Fitness
  8. Protein Power: 5 Tasty Recipes to Help You Stay Fit via Precision Nutrition
  9. The Best Exercise in Ever: Cossack Squat via Dean Somerset
  10. Self Assessments Worth Correcting via Greg Robins
  11. How to Build an Explosive Deadlift Lockout via Syatt Fitness
  12. The Beginners Guide to Strength Training: A FREE 45-Minute Seminar via Syatt Fitness
  13. Is There A Limit to How Much Protein the Body Can Use In a Single Meal? via Alan Aragon
  14. My Success is a Lie (How to Avoid Feeling Like a Fraud) via Nate Green

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