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  There is no doubting the need to acknowledge that men and women deserve the same opportunities in sports, fitness, and by extension, their physical training. However, refusing to address the issues that differentiate men and women is not helpful e ...
Day 199 of 360 Full-range high pull:   5 x 5 @ as heavy as possible in each set 2 x 10 @ 50% of heaviest 5-rep from above   Rest as needed between sets. If a set of 5 requires interruption, adjust as little as needed to complete next set uninter ...
  Did you know workouts lasting under six minutes can benefit you in more ways than one? Many of you may already know how fabulous snagging a short session can be for not only your mind, but also for the physical body. If you are bogged down at ...
Whether you’re a man or a woman, you have more power between your legs than you think. What am I referring to? The adductors, of course.   The adductors are one of the most misunderstood and inappropriately trained muscle groups. While they do ...
Back to school means back to a hectic family routine for us parents who are shuffling between work, school, and after-school kid activities. Having busy nights doesn’t mean you need to eat less healthy. Planning ahead and having a collection of fast ...
  Previous studies have suggested that higher-income individuals tend to be more physically fit and active. It has been theorized that their higher disposable income allows them to invest in fitness club and gym membership, and they tend to be more ...
  We all understand that you can’t run before you can walk, and you can’t walk before you can stand, but often people don’t know the requisite foundation that must precede more complex movements in fitness. Most individuals are uns ...
Day 198 of 360 7 rounds of:   7 Bench press @ 60% of 2RM 7 Double kettlebell front squat @ as heavy as possible uninterrupted 1 minute rest   Make minor weight adjustments as needed to complete strong, uninterrupted sets in both movement ...
Kettlebells are just a tool, but their myriad uses make them the best tool available. [Photo courtesy CrossFit Stars]   I’m a big fan of kettlebells. Kettlebells are by far the most effective and convenient conditioning tool around. I wou ...
  Over the last decade, yoga has become one of the most popular types of physical activity in the United States. There are an estimated 36 million people practicing yoga, up from just over 20 million in 2012. Thirty-four percent of Americans say the ...
  As a fitness professional, it is implied that I like working out. It’s true, I like seeing what my body is capable of; I am also a human being with a lot of self discipline, a type A personality, and a tendency to fall into an unvaried routi ...
Day 197 of 360 Deadlift:   3 x 3 (up to) 95% of 2RM 1 x 10 @ 65% (use double overhand grip) 1 x 15 @ 40-50%   Rest as needed between sets. If sets require interruption, make as minor an adjustment as needed and complete the next uninterr ...
A few years ago we conducted an informal experiment to determine the effect of speed of exercise movement on muscle fiber (motor unit) recruitment. Please understand that the test was not conducted using standard research methods (number of subjects, lack ...
  When it comes to anything music related, I will admit that I am the snobbiest of snobs. Yes, I am a fitness professional, however music is my love and obsession. I love live music, I love working out to music, and if a good song is on in the car I ...
  Most of the work done in traditional resistance training exercise emphasizes the concentric phase of muscle contractions. This is the shortening of the muscles as they act against a resisting force, such as the upward push of a bench press, the st ...
  This strength cycle should help you prioritize overall squat, pull and press strength. The final week will be a test week of sorts, some lifts you will be allowed to max, others you will be given a set rep number to achieve at heavier weight. &nbs ...
  This is the sixth part of a comprehensive video series designed to bring you toward a strong and stable free-standing handstand. While this video (see below) will benefit your training regardless of your current fitness or goals, it is intended as ...