Tuesday, January 22, 2013

GTS Current Activity on Tumblr

Don't forget to follow all of our current activity on our GTS Tumblr site.  It has all of our latest pictures,   video, informational links, and short articles...

Monday, December 10, 2012

[GTS Mindset] Strength is a skill.

At GTS we treat strength training as a skill.

Understand the difference between hypertrophy and strength training.

Hypertrophy = Muscle Growth. Size. Think body builder inspired training.

Strength = the body's ability to create tension to move a heavy weight.  This is Neuro-Muscular... not just muscular. You need to teach your body to contract as a unit to accomplish a task.

Most equate strength with hypertrophy, but while increasing your muscle size can increase strength, you can still increase strength without adding size!

Because of this, we view strength training as a skill

It's technique based and therefor requires practice... not just a workout.

Quote Via Pavel and Dan John's Easy Strength
"There are two ways of getting stronger: 
  • by making your muscles bigger
  • and by teaching them to contract harder.
Some athletes can afford the former; some cannot.  Regardless, both need the latter.
Learning to contract the muscles harder implies that strength training is a skill. A strength training session then must be viewed as a 'practice', not a 'smoker'." 

Also worth re-reading:

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Architecture of Strength

The long term impact of strength...

via Starting Strength - Mark Rippetoe

Strength training produces an increased force production adaptation, the nature of which is "architectural" -- it requires, and thus causes, the construction of new tissue within the muscles, without which increased force production is ultimately not possible. 
When your squat goes up, the weight on the bar has increased, and your having added weight to the bar sets in motion a series of events that cause the muscles to grow. This process takes a while, but can go on for many years. This is why lifters who take a 5-year layoff are still stronger than runners who have never lifted, and still stronger then they would have been had they never trained. 
The process of growing new tissue causes permanent changes in the muscles and the neuromuscular system, and even the more transient effects of strength training, like some of the weight gain, are very easily recovered in a short period of time because of the permanent architectural changes that have taken place over the longer time frame of the process of going from novice to intermediate/advanced.

Monday, December 3, 2012


via Seth Godin

"Who you hang out with determines what you dream about and what you collide with. 
And the collisions and the dreams lead to your changes. 
And the changes are what you become. "

Thursday, November 29, 2012


If you're experiencing a problem in life, work or training...

Stop, and take a look around you.

Sometimes the answer will present itself where you would least expect it.

If you look hard enough for an answer, you'll find it.

Just make sure you're solving for the right problem.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Strong First

Really excited for Pavel's new site Strong First, as its entirely inline with how we operate at Game Time Strength.

A brief summary of what it means to be Strong First:

You can be anything you want. A warrior. An athlete. A hard man or woman ready to handle whatever life throws at you. But you must be strong first.  
“Strength is the foundation for development of the rest of physical qualities,” stated Professor Leonid Matveev. It takes priority over all others: endurance, flexibility, etc...   
Science and experience have taught us that any athlete, even in ultra-endurance sports, who has not built a foundation of strength will fail to reach his or her potential. Strength has been compared to a glass that can be filled with other qualities; the larger the glass, the more endurance, sport skill, fat loss, etc. it can hold.