JM Blakley

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JM is known for being the namesake of the JM Press, breaking numerous world records, holding multiple degrees including an MA in Strength and Athletic Conditioning and Ph.D.'s in Exercise Physiology and Metaphysical Sciences, and more. JM credits a mastery of the basics as the ultimate driving force behind human achievement. His coaching philosophy is based on the idea that the basics can be used by anyone to achieve greatness.

 
Be Willing to Feel Pain
Be Willing to Feel Pain
This is certainly anti-quit training. Learning to be uncomfortable and not stop or run away is priceless in hard training.
Two Weird Shoulder Exercises to Try This Offseason
Two Weird Shoulder Exercises to Try This Offseason
You're a big dog now and the good ol' days of TWO heavy pressing days per week won't work anymore. So, what's the answer? My answer is to train shoulders specifically in a predetermined offseason with these weird exercises. They work!
Pre-Workout Ritual Instructions
Pre-Workout Ritual Instructions
Music was a huge part of my ritual, as was breathing and meditation. You want something that is your style, but also not too complicated.
Calming the Storm Between Attempts
Calming the Storm Between Attempts
Losing precious bits of energy from the beginning sets in a training routine will add up, and they just might cost you a rep (or two even!) at the end of the session. Those reps then have to WAIT until the next workout!
Why Do You Train With Weights?
Why Do You Train With Weights?
Why do you really do it? Let’s try to define your true motivation.
Smoothing It Out
Smoothing It Out
I am going to offer the second-best option that I know of to prevent injury that does not require a coach or countless hours to master. You can do it all by yourself. It is a way of executing a repetition.
Try Harder
Try Harder
I want to elaborate on the most radical and misunderstood facet of the Nautilus training protocol—the concept of ONE SET TO FAILURE. Follow me down the rabbit hole.
Gut Check Rule of Fives
Gut Check Rule of Fives
Here's to increasing our “power endurance.” To “Prefontaine” our training. To go hard, go heavy, and go forever! Or, at least a few sets more than what is normally accepted!
The Best Mindset for Maximal Effort
The Best Mindset for Maximal Effort
I observe that advanced athletes need no extra motivation or energy, and anger gets in the way of clear thinking and success more than it helps. Still, many high-level lifters use it regularly. But...
Serious Training Considerations for COVID-19
Serious Training Considerations for COVID-19
So here is the decision you need to consider: should you adapt your training in favor of less dangerous styles of exercise and workload, or continue as planned on your strength journey?
The Merits of Patience
The Merits of Patience
If you are a “millennial” or, like me, a person from another generation who has become beguiled by the power and comfort of the internet and the society that it has engendered, I want to revisit the value of “the long haul.” World = Fast, Gym=Slow.
JM Blakley’s Top-5 Bench Press Tips
JM Blakley’s Top-5 Bench Press Tips
As told to Dave Tate, some 18 years ago, these tips stand up to the gauntlet of common sense and I’m sure that at least a few will be of use to you. Load the bar!
How to Write Your Own Program
How to Write Your Own Program
Following a program along blindly without knowing much as to why you're doing it will take you nowhere. No matter who it comes from. It's time you think for yourself.
WATCH: JM Blakley Shares His Secrets on Bench Press Form
WATCH: JM Blakley Shares His Secrets on Bench Press Form
You won't be able to properly improve your bench press without the proper form. JM Blakley recruits Yessica Martinez and Lily Starobin to share with us his secrets to a solid bench press form.
Stress Management for Growth and Recovery
Stress Management for Growth and Recovery
Whether it's good or bad stress, how can we deal with stress so it does not outstrip our ability to recover? There are plenty of techniques to explore, so turn off the TV and grab your cat (or dog) so we can start trying some out.
More Nutrition "Facts" Debunked
More Nutrition "Facts" Debunked
Nothing is bad for us, per se. What we have to do is figure out how much we need, and then supply it in the correct amounts. But to villainize sugar, carbs, fats, and other nutrients is a gross miscarriage of judgment.
Nutrition, Supplement, and Drug "Facts" Explained
Nutrition, Supplement, and Drug "Facts" Explained
No aspect of physical culture is more rife with myth, misunderstanding, falsehoods, and fantasy than is the field of nutrition. There is a very good reason that there exists so much confusion to this day when it comes down to what to eat: money.
9 Ways to Upgrade Your Sleep Hygiene Tonight
9 Ways to Upgrade Your Sleep Hygiene Tonight
People tend to agree that it's important to get a good night's sleep, but most probably don't actually get that sleep. Using what I've learned from something called sleep hygiene, you can finally get those 8 hours of shut-eye you've been whining about not getting.
The Mind-Muscle Link: Engagement and Focus
The Mind-Muscle Link: Engagement and Focus
You go about your day unaware of your body. Think about your socks right now. Can you feel them on your feet? You felt them when you put them on, and although they are still on, you've let the sensation fade deep into the background... and now, you're aware of your socks again.
The Mind-Muscle Link: Learn Muscle Attachments
The Mind-Muscle Link: Learn Muscle Attachments
I am personally giving you permission to skip today's workout — but only if you learn about muscle origins and insertions and how they move. Watch some videos about this instead of binge-watching Stranger Things or whatever. Just sit down and educate yourself.
The Mind-Muscle Link
The Mind-Muscle Link
You must slow down to truly get a feel for the mind-muscle connection. I know some of you who do slow-motion reps or time under tension think you do not need to slow down. Well, then, this article is ESPECIALLY for you!

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