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Now God didn’t etch these in stone and send them down through the clouds, nor did I perform any miracles like parting the Red Sea. So, in that respect, they’re up for debate.   But after being in the fitness industry for a while, readin ...
Short answer? Yes.   Before you go rushing to the weight room, we need to take a step back.   Even though you can still exercise, play sports, and move in general with a herniated or bulging disc, there are a few precautions and steps you need ...
A misconception is that weight training and weightlifting (yes, these are two separate entities, more on that later) are dangerous activities and are to blame for several injuries that occur in the gym.   From a young age, parents will often elect ...
  Franco Columbu, who was Arnold Schwarzenegger's best friend, a champion bodybuilder in his own right, as well as a competitor in strongman and powerlifting events, had his own views about adding weight to bodyweight exercises, famously sayin ...
We all know we shouldn’t look like we’re bowing to worship the gym floor when we do a barbell back squat. That’s a lot of what you see at gyms, though.   So, we do corrective exercises that focus on building strength and stability ...
  Eric Helms of 3D Muscle Journey is an accomplished natural bodybuilder, world-renowned coach and fitness educator. Last year, he competed multiple times on the bodybuilding stage, but in 2020, he set himself the challenge of competing in three d ...
A big, thick, well-developed back can elevate a physique from good to great. Sadly, the muscles of the back are the ones that most lifters struggle to develop the most.   This struggle is partly down to a bias towards training the mirror muscles, b ...
As athletes, we have all been sidelined from an injury and then taken it easy when getting back into our sport. But what if you weren't injured? What if you were on a break, and perhaps it lasted a few years?   As competitive athletes, we have ...
What position should the pelvis be in when you run? It’s a question you probably haven’t given much thought to unless you’re a runner with a performance goal or with an injury.   There are many popular blogs and Youtube videos on ...
If you start talking about building explosiveness with weights, someone always chirps about Olympic weightlifting movements. Learning Olympic lifts, though, is a slower and more arduous process than anyone who’s never tried it would think. There a ...
Not many words make people shift in their seats as the word posture does. Probably just reading it made you straighten up. What did you do? How are you sitting now?   When most people think of good posture, they think of sitting and standing up str ...
The desire to build an impressive physique still holds true for a lot in the fitness world. Yes, being functional and practical have their places, but we all want the byproduct to be a nice looking, muscular, strong body to showcase all our hard work. & ...
One of the most critical medical interventions of the twentieth century is a saline solution.   Chances are high if the hospital is admitting you, it will be placing an IV drip that administers saline directly to your veins. Saline is one of the fi ...
Most people are somewhat familiar with the association between exercise reps ranges and their targeted effect on the body during resistance training. The heaviest load one can lift at a given weight correlates with maximal strength, while anything one c ...
I get it. It hurts when you move, so you try to limit the amount you move so you don't suffer as much. It's a natural reaction. And it's one your brain is counting on. Let's chat about why your mind is banking on you doing that, and what ...
There's no way around it: chronic pain, whether due to an illness, persistent injury, or an acute incident, sucks.   If you're an active or competitive person and you've ever been seriously injured or dealt with significant pain, you kn ...
  Amanda Thebe is a fitness and women’s health expert. She is a force of nature for women who are experiencing menopause hell and want to start feeling healthy and fit in their 40s and beyond. You can pre-order her upcoming book, Menopocalyp ...