Syatt Fitness: The Week in Review (7/13/2014)

by Jordan Syatt July 12, 2014

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In the meantime I’ve got a bunch of great info for you in this installment of The Week in Review so get comfortable – might wanna grab an iced coffee (I’m sipping on mine right now) – and enjoy!

Never Minimal. Never Maximal. Always Optimal.


Articles By Jordan

How to Improve Mobility for a Stronger Squat

Strength and Conditioning Q&A with Jordan Syatt


Daily Strength Lesson’s

Monday’s Strength Lesson: Your goal determines your focus. Your focus determines your path. Your path determines your success.

First and foremost, establish a goal.

It’s rarely a good idea to jump head first into something without having at least *some* idea of what you’d like to accomplish.

Whether it’s fitness-related or something different altogether, establishing a goal will not only allow you to create a clear-cut plan to help you achieve it, but it will also give you direction when the going gets tough. Your pre-defined goal will help keep you focused on the prize when you begin to forget why started this whole process in the first place.

Establish a goal.

Your goal determines your focus. Your focus determines your path. Your path determines your success.


Tuesday’s Strength Lesson: Looking for a great exercise to improve posture, shoulder health & function, and overall performance? Check out the Batwing Row 

One of my personal favorite drills with countless variations, the Batwing row is an extraordinarily simple, albeit effective, movement that can easily be incorporated into your training programs. 
I tend to use the Batwing row as a light(er) accessory exercise near the end of my upper body training sessions for anywhere between 8 – 20 repetitions. 

Give it a shot and let me know what you think!


Wednesday’s Strength Lesson: Time to pony up and get your short-shorts & headbands on because today is Sample Workout Wednesday!

For simplicity’s sake, today’s full body training session can be done using strictly a barbell and your own body weight.

Basic, simple, and *extremely* effective.

1a) Squat: 4 x 4
1b) Weighted Chin-Up: 4 x 4

2a) Barbell RDL: 3 x 8
2b) Incline Barbell Bench Press: 3 x 8

3a) Barbell Reverse Lunge: 3 x 8/leg
3b) Push-Up: 3 x 10
3c) Plank: 3 x 15-sec


Thursday’s Strength Lesson: Want to be able to do chin-ups? Get off the damn lat pull down machine!

A common recommendation for those who can’t do chin-ups is to use the lat pull down machine until they’re strong enough to do a real chin-up.

Personally, I think that’s stupid.

Sure, the lat pull down can be used initially to help teach proper muscle recruitment patterns and build a base level of strength, but once that base is built the lat pull down is *NOT* going to do much, if anything, for your chin-ups.

So what should you do?

Get on the effin bar and start doing chin-up variations!

Start with relatively easy variations that allow you to go through a full range of motion and progress your way up until you’re doing real chin-ups.

To illustrate, a basic progression might look something like this:

1) Negative Chin-Ups: Jump up to the top of the bar and slowly lower yourself for 3-5 seconds until you reach the bottom position. Step on a box, jump back up to the top, and repeat for 3-5 sets of 3-5 reps.

2) Band Assisted Chin-Ups: Start with a relatively strong band and perform 3-5 sets of 4-8 reps. Once you can perform 8 reps with a given band, switch out to a lighter band that makes it more difficult and repeat the same process over and over until you’re no longer using a band.

3) Chin-Ups: Ya know, these suckers…


Friday’s Strength Lesson:Happiness is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more it eludes you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it comes and sits softly on your shoulder.

Recommended Reading

  1. Optimizing the Female Athlete – Rib Position via Stacey Veronica Schaedler
  2. 7 Ways to Get Strong Outside the Sagittal Plane via Eric Cressey
  3. Strength and Conditioning Q&A with Jordan Syatt via Syatt Fitness
  4. A Discussion with Paul Carter on Anabolic Steroids via Bret Contreras
  5. How One Personal Training Session Can Be All You’ll Ever Need via Greatist
  6. Butt Wink is Not About the Hamstrings via Dean Somerset
  7. Is Colon Cleansing Necessary? via Everyday Health
  8. Fundamental Principles vs. Minor Details via Lyle McDonald
  9. How to Improve Mobility for a Stronger Squat via Syatt Fitness
  10. Exercises You Should Be Doing: TRX Anti-Rotation Press via Tony Gentilcore
  11. 9 Weekly Hours of Vigorous Exercise Didn’t Help These Kids Outrun Their Forks via Yoni Freedhoff
  12. HIIT vs LISS – A Better Way to Lose Fat? via Jose Antonio
  13. The Truth About High Impact Exercise via Michael Easter
  14. Does Motivational Self-Talk Improve Performance? via Chris Beardsley
  15. Why I Don’t Do Cheat Meals Anymore via Sohee Lee

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