Seminars

Seminars

Thibarmy is pleased to offer seminars in a wide variety of topics allowing you to learn through lecture and hands-on coaching and practice.  These seminars offer firsthand access to tried-and-tested methods and techniques in workshop format.

“The seminars are custom designed by Christian Thibaudeau and his team to fit your own need. When you buy a seminar, we will work closely with you to build it so that your clients get the most out of their experience”

  • 1

    THE SCIENCE AND PRACTICE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE LOADING SCHEMES

    Getting the type of gains you desire is highly dependent on the loading schemes (intensity, sets, reps, volume) you use in your training. Depending on what your goals are what is optimal will vary quite a bit.

    In this presentation you will learn what are the best loading schemes to build strength, increase muscle mass, develop power, correct weaknesses/imbalances or work on technical flaws.

  • 2

    OPTIMAL LOWER BODY HYPERTROPHY TRAINING

    Getting maximum results is not just about the proper sets and reps schemes but also selecting the best exercises and doing them in the most effective way to stimulate the muscles to grow.

    In this presentation we will discuss the best loading schemes and training methods to develop hypertrophy, what are the best exercises for the various lower body muscles and what is the optimal way of performing these exercises.

    We will also discuss the differences between how a woman and man should train the lower body.

  • 3

    OPTIMAL UPPER BODY HYPERTROPHY TRAINING

    Even though “performance training” (training for a specific sport, powerlifting, Olympic lifting, Crossfit) is becoming all the rage, good old hypertrophy training; training to get bigger muscles still remains one of the most popular way to lift.

    Getting maximum results is not just about the proper sets and reps schemes but also selecting the best exercises and doing them in the most effective way to stimulate the muscles to grow.

    In this presentation we will discuss the best loading schemes and training methods to develop hypertrophy, what are the best exercises for the various upper body muscles and what is the optimal way of performing these exercises.

  • 4

    THE BEST LOADING SCHEMES AND TRAINING SYSTEMS OF OLD-SCHOOL LIFTERS

    I base most of my training methods on the work of old-school lifters. Guys from as early as the late 1800s up to the 1960s’ were innovators and a lot more imaginative than most modern “experts”. Furthermore athletes from these eras were able to reach tremendous levels of strength and muscularity without the use of performance-enhancing drugs and limited nutritional knowledge. For these reasons I believe that learning the best methods used by these giants of the past is one of the best ways to improve your own training.

    To quote Charles Poliquin (personal communication): “If you want to learn something new about training, read a book that is 100 years old!”.

    In this presentation I will give you the training gems that I like and use. From legends like Goerner and Anderson all the way up to Sipes, Hepburn and Gironda. Prepare to learn something new… from guys from the past!

  • 5

    OLYMPIC LIFTING TECHNIQUE 2 THE CLEAN & JERK

    In this presentation, much like with the snatch one you will go through the teaching progression of the clean then on the jerk as well as the assistance/corrective exercises you can use to further your performance on these lifts. You will also learn all the key elements and coaching cues that will allow you to teach these lifts to potential clients.

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    OLYMPIC LIFTING TECHNIQUE 1 THE SNATCH & ASSISTANCE EXERCISES

    People wrongfully believe that the Olympic lifts are hard to learn. I disagree. Over the past 5 years, through a lot of experimentation coaching over 200 people on the Olympic lifts I designed a teaching progressing that makes learning the Olympic lifts very simple and fast.

    In this presentation you will get to learn how to snatch as well as what are the best assistance exercises to solve any technical or strength issues you might have in the snatch. The way the presentation is set-up you will also learn how to teach and correct people on the snatch.

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    CONCENTRATED LOADING TO BOOST PROGRESSING IN ADVANCED LIFTERS

    The key to constant progression is to keep challenging the body with training loads that represents a stress that requires adaptation. Unfortunately as you become stronger, larger and more experienced your body becomes so well adapted to hard physical training that it is very resilient to any form of work you do in the gym. As such it becomes increasingly hard to stimulate adaptation because any most forms of training, your body is prepared to handle and thus isn’t a stress anymore.

    On the other hand if you go to crazy extremes to further stimulate gains you might actually exceed your body’s recovery capacities. So you are in a catch 22 situation.

    Concentrated loading is a programing approach that can be used to circumvent that problem. It is a system in which you focus on a few elements during a training block, imposing a huge amount of stress on that element while reducing the loading for the rest of the body; resulting in a greater training stimulus for the target muscles/movement pattern(s) without increasing the overall loading so that you won’t risk systemic overtraining.

    In this presentation you will learn how to use concentrated loading to build muscle or strength and applications ranging from simply solving one specific issue up to using it as a complete, year round training system.

  • 8

    TRAINING METHODS TO MAXIMIZE POWER OUTPUT

    In sports speed kills. And the foundation on which speed is built on is your capacity to generate power. Being strong is important, being fast too. But being able to be explosive when fighting a resistance is what can separate the great athletes from the average ones.

    There are several ways to build explosiveness and power. From simple jumping drills all the way up to the more complex Olympic lift variations there are a myriad of tools you can use to drastically enhance an athlete’s explosiveness.

    In this presentation you will learn all those methods, what they do in the body to increase your capacity to produce power, the optimal progression model for each of them as well as the training parameters to get the best possible results.

  • 9

    ADVANCED TRAINING METHODS FOR STRENGTH DEVELOPMENT

    Strength is more than just lifting big weights; it has several components that can all hold you back: starting strength, explosive strength, reactive strength, reversal strength, eccentric strength, isometric strength, speed-strength. If you want to reach your maximum strength potential you will need to be able to pinpoint which of these physical qualities are holding you back and which training methods to use to solve the problem.

    In this presentation you will learn about all those strength components, how to evaluate your weak links and which training methods to use to correct the issue so that you can reach your maximum potential.

  • 10

    CONDITIONING WORK TO GET LEAN WHILE ADDING MUSCLE MASS

    In an ideal world a bodybuilder or physique/fitness competitor wouldn’t have to do any form of cardio to get ready for a competition because of the potential for muscle loss. Sadly it is not always possible to get contest lean without doing any form of “cardio”. And I personally prefer to lose fat via more physical activity than by cutting calories too much.

    An approach I tend to use more than regular cardio is “conditioning work” revolving around loaded carries and sled work. These will not only help you get leaner faster; they will also help you build some muscle or at the very least help you preserve the muscle you have while contest dieting.

    In this presentation you will learn the best drills to accomplish this purposes, the optimal loading parameters and how to program this type of work into your regular training day.

  • 11

    HARNESSING THE POWER OF GROWTH FACTORS AND MTOR ACTIVATION

    Increasing muscle mass is not just about tearing muscle tissue with progressively heavier lifting. A huge part of stimulating growth is to create the optimal biochemical state in your muscles while you train. Three things are key in that regard:

    1. Releasing local growth factors (IGF-1, MGF) inside the working muscles and sensitizing their receptors
    2. Activating mTor as much as possible; the more mTor is turned on the greater is the protein synthesis
    3. Maximizing nutrients transport to the muscle while you are training

    In this presentation we will cover the best training methods/techniques and nutritional strategies to optimize these 3 key elements.

  • 12

    ISOMETRICS UNDERUSED MUSCLE-BUILDING GOLD MINE

    Isometric actions tend to be overlooked when it comes to program design whether the goal is gaining size, getting more powerful or developing maximal strength. To the untrained eyes they aren’t “sexy” like learning a new exercise or novel loading scheme. But when properly used isometrics can be one of the most powerful tool you can use both to gain size and strength and can improve everything else you do in the gym, making your whole training plan more effective.

    In this presentation you will learn the many different types of isometrics (overcoming, yielding, iso-dynamic, EQIs and maximum tension) and how they can be used to help you reach your goals faster.

    You will see how isometrics:

    • can be used to improve your capacity to recruit a muscle
    • will increase the recruitment and firing rate of your muscle fibers
    • are a great weapon to fix a sticking point in a big lift
    • can be used as a way to significantly increase hypertrophy stimulation
    • are a very effective tool to help people optimize their lifting technique
    • can improve mobility, protect against injuries while stimulating growth

And many more available