Online Personal Training
My name is Eric Spoto, and I have over 25 years in strength training experience. I am a Bench Press multiple world record holder and an overall strength fanatic. I have developed a strength training program called Progressive Growth System, or PGS for short. I have fine-tuned this system over the last 10 years by testing it on strength athletes at various experience/skill levels. It is not a static system; it is an ever-changing and consistently adapting system based on proven principles.
Eric Spoto – Las Vegas Personal Online Personal Trainer , Online Coach and Bench Press World Champion
If you are reading this, you are on the never-ending quest to either get bigger, stronger, faster — or all three. It doesn’t matter if you are a power lifter, fighter, football player, or any other athlete. The bottom line is that a faster, stronger athlete is a better athlete. With over twenty years of experience as a Certified Personal Trainer, I have trained a wide array of athletes from beginner sto pro athletes, and everywhere in between. By far, the most important thing I have learned is that no two athletes are alike. There is no cookie-cutter program that will work for everyone. That is one of the biggest traps that both beginner and novice lifters fall into. They look at the training program of a top bodybuilder or power lifter and think that if they copy it, they will get similar results. Unfortunately, copying a top athlete’s training program is one of the worst templates for lifters to follow.
Strength Training Through Bench Press and More
When it comes to strength training, there are certain things that will hold true for all athletes no matter what level of experience or natural-born genetics they possess. Every athlete should base his training program around two basic principles: compound movements will be the basis of each training day, and free weights will almost exclusively be used. Bench Press, Squat, Dead Lift, and Power Clean are the foundation of every great strength athlete around the world. There are certain rare occasions where I have found machines to have a slight advantage over free weights, but that is always isolation exercises which are only used for bringing up weak points in an athlete. There are so many variables that will determine what specific program will work best for a particular athlete. You have to take into account genetics, experience level, nutrition, and supplementation, plus a few other smaller, yet still important, conditions. After taking all of these factors into consideration, we can now try to dial in the proper volume, intensity, and rep range into each personalized training cycle. By understanding all of the athlete’s variables, we are able to customize a training program that will maximize their strength gains.
A Coach to Help you Lift and Gain Strength the Smart Way
It is common knowledge that when an athlete goes from beginner to elite, his ability to make gains keeps getting more difficult as he approaches his maximum potential. That is why many beginner and novice lifters experience good gains lifting with any program. This ends up being a big problem by negatively reinforcing bad training habits. The young novice lifter sees strength and muscle gains doing isolation exercises and machines. What he doesn’t realize, however, is that those are newbie gains that cannot be maintained. The beginner window, which is approximately one year, is one of the most important times for a lifter. He has the opportunity to learn the right compound movements using the correct lifting form from the beginning. It is a lot easier to learn things the right way than to try and fix bad habits that a lifter has developed. As you start to go from intermediate to advanced stages in experience levels, your gains start to slow down. That is when it is essential to have a customized program that will help push through those natural plateaus. Many advanced lifters go a whole year without increasing their PR. Unless you have a major injury, there is no reason why you should not consistently be making small improvements. The easiest way to increase PR’s at this level is to re-evaluate your form on each lift to see if there are small changes you can make to optimize the movement.
Online Personal Training for Advanced and Elite Athletes
The two toughest types of athletes to increase strength are elite and weight class athletes. Elite lifters/athletes, by this time, are very close to their maximum athletic potential. At this advanced level, they have already evaluated and adjusted their form to maximize their natural leverages. At this stage, we may have to make some very small adjustments in form and focus on fine-tuning volume, nutrition, and supplementation with the goal of peaking physically at the right time. Athletes such as fighters or power lifters, who have to stay in a particular weight class, can find it particularly difficult to continuously achieve strength gains. They have the added challenge of constantly trying to improve their strength while, at the same time, maintaining the ability to stay in their respective weight class. Nutrition and supplementation become even more important with weight class athletes. I would definitely say that these athletes are the most challenging to make gains, and they need the most knowledgeable trainers who have years of experience working with similar competitors.