Athlete Articles — Erik Willis

Basement Training

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Basement Training

By Erik Willis There is a growing trend of people creating their own home gym and training by themselves. This comes with quite a few advantages but also some disadvantages.   Some of the major advantages include 1)      Reducing commute to the gym and training when you want. It is pretty obvious that if you train at home you don’t need to drive to the gym. This gives you more time to spend doing other things. For me this was one of the major driving forces to getting my own equipment. I was spending about half an hour each way...

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Why I Compete So Frequently

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Why I Compete So Frequently

by Erik Willis Competing frequently is something I believe very strongly in. As of the writing of this article I have competed 21 times in the past 5 years, for an above average 4.2 meets a year. If you take out 2012 when I competed in my first meet and that’s it, that averages to 5 meets a year. Did I do a full on peak and taper for all of these meets? No, but I planned out which ones will be priorities and which ones I will do for fun. This past spring I competed 3 times in 2...

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Setting Goals

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Setting Goals

by Erik Willis Setting quantitative goals is a very important part of going to the gym. You are able to actually measure your progress if you make these kinds of goals (and track them). For example, your goal is to have a massive chest but all you do is go to the gym and hap hazardly hit some bench, incline, and flyes without tracking what you’ve done in the past then you will likely have a hard time. If you set goals like I want to bench 405lbs, and work towards that goal, it is easier to chip away at,...

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