Olympic Lifts

Coach Eck’s Training Session 3/8/13

by Chris Ecklund, MA, CSCS, USAW
Quick Thoughts:
  1. Another quick sessions this morning between clients and my interns. 
  2. Turned out to be shorter than I would have like as I spent more time on soft tissue (much needed today). 
  3. Throughout this journey of the last month and tracking my workouts it has reinforced a truth to me that I encourage my clients and students toward: consistency is key. Time and time again I realize that consistency trumps intensity or volume in my training. While both intensity and volume are important, it’s much more important for me to maintain consistency in order to sustain a training effect (in all facets: smr, mobility/flexibility, stability, power, strength). In short, getting in something is always better than nothing.

Coach Eck’s Training Sessions 2/11/13 – 2/25/13

Prevail Strength Coach Jacob Goodin

Have you ever wondered how Chris “Eck” Ecklund gets his training sessions in despite his busy schedule?  Below are his last eight sessions, complete with the rationale for each lift.  Enjoy!

Coach Eck’s Training Session 3/5/13

by Chris Ecklund, MA, CSCS, USAW

Quick Thoughts:

  1. Today was another extremely busy day that I didn’t think I was going to be able to fit training into. Luckily an hour opened up. 
  2. Although it’s already Tuesday, I’m feeling physically exhausted. Definitely unloading and trying to peak this week if I feel well enough each day.  Since I didn’t feel great today, I kept my loads about 10-20% lighter and tried to minimize my tempo. 
  3. Threw in a couple different variations today simply because I trained at Prevail and this is a training day I’ve been doing at UCSB over the last 2 months.

Coach Eck’s Training Session 3/4/13

by Chris Ecklund, MA, CSCS, USAW

Quick Thoughts:

  1. Low Volume this week: similar plan as last week.  Keeping my volume as low as I can (as long as I can get warmed up enough) and trying to hit the same or higher intensity in most lifts this week.
  2. Why?  I’m exhausted (which typically comes at this point in my mesocycle) and I want to peak within reason before I unload and change my program next week.

Coach Eck’s Training Session 2/28/13

by Chris Ecklund, MA, CSCS, USAW

Quick Thoughts:

  1. Had another opportunity to train off site by myself today.  Nice birthday gift to myself.  I enjoy training alone.  I don’t have to answer any questions about work or what I’m doing in my own training.  I find I can get a lot more work done.
  2. Keeping my volume up a little bit this week but not as much as last week.  As long as I’m feeling good and can get a lot of SMR and solid warm up in, I’ve wanted to challenge my loads a bit.

Trainer Workout 7/12/10

After power and balance, the PCPC team tackled a fast-circuit of upper-and lower-body isolations. Check it out.


Circuit 1
6 Slideboard Push Up (place hands on slideboard, slide upper-body to floor and push up, pulling arms back together)
Inverted Bosu balance triangles 30s each leg
6 Dumbbell Push Press
Side Bridge with leg raise 30s hold each side



Circuit 2 (Upper-body Emphasis 8-10 each)
Bent Over Flys
Bicep Curls
Front Raises
Tricep Dips on Bench
Lateral Raises
30 second rest

Circuit 3 (Lower-body Emphasis 8-10 each)

Dumbbell Squats
Single Leg RDL
Lateral Walking Lunges
Single arm tightrope dumbbell carries





These are to be done in quick succession with 30s-1 minute of rest at the end of the circuit. 








Questions about the program? Ask any PCPC Trainer! Be sure to pace yourself and complete in a safe manner at your own risk. Consult a physician before beginning any exercise program.  Enjoy!

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