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We have a saying here: everything costs something. If you want to enhance some part of your performance, you should be prepared to suffer some short term (or even long term) consequences to other aspects of fitness and performance. There is almost always ...
Pull your hammy? Strain your quad? Well, it looks like you are out of commission for a couple of weeks!   If the muscle strain is severe, you could be out for months.   You’re probably thinking:   "What caused the strain in the ...
  Most of us have muscular imbalances—a weaker arm, shoulder, leg, etc. If you find yourself constantly doing the classic barbell movements (barbell bench press, deadlift, and back squat) then you might be further developing and exacerbating y ...
You chug them down after every workout like your life depends on it, but do you really know if protein shakes do anything? There are scientific studies covering various topics such as the best time to take them, the best type to use, and why they may or m ...
In the fitness community there are always things that come and go. The key to success is learning the difference between those things that are trends or fads. Trends are usually longer lasting and usually have some validity within the research community. ...
It can be surprisingly easy to lose your way in the gym. It is especially easy if you tend to train by yourself and you don't have a coach or a trainer. I think a very valuable question that you need to ask yourself, aside from is: "Am I getting ...
“Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.” Barry Switzer   Strength and conditioning coaches and fitness trainers get into the business because we love training. We love seeing progress, competin ...
There are lots of things that scare me. My close friends would recognize this and probably have a good laugh at my expense. I'm scared of heights, I'm scared of the ocean, and I'm scared to feel out of control. But regret scares me a lot more ...
At the New Year, we experience an influx of motivation in our gyms—we set New Year’s resolutions where we promise ourselves and our loved ones all the ways that we are going to become better humans this year. And as we all know, most of these ...
In July of 2018, the International Weightlifting Federation announced the new bodyweight categories that the sport would compete for in the years to come. This came as a result of a desire to erase all old records which many felt were drug-tainted, but al ...
I am a relative strength coach. I state this with the same boldness as my clients when they drop F-bombs during a workout session. My role as a relative strength coach allows me to focus on body recomposition, strength training, and corrective exercise. & ...
It’s the season of holiday parties, game days, and other special events that center around getting together with friends, family, and finger foods. Eliminate the stress of an elaborate spread with a simple and creamy pesto bean dip that comes togeth ...
I’m not here to tell you that lifting a barbell is stupid or that everyone should be training to get stronger with super heavy lifting. I will tell you that there has been a huge trend in the fitness industry surrounding kettlebells.   Aside fr ...
  Staying healthy both in body and mind while enjoying the holiday season can be a challenge. With back-to-back Christmas parties getting in the way of your training schedule and holiday treats tempting you everywhere you turn, it’s definitely ...
You come in, you hop on a rower, or maybe you absentmindedly pedal an Airdyne while scrolling Instagram. Then you walk over, grab a PVC pipe and do some borderline terrible dislocates, a few half range of motion squats, and then it's time to get to wo ...
Between work meetings, having kids, being in school, or whatever responsibilities you may have in your life, it is inevitable that you get busy. This may lead to finding it difficult to stay on track with your health and fitness goals. You might have said ...
  There is a little toy car on a spring at the park by my house. It has a seat and a bar for toddlers to hold on to as they rock back and forth. When my now 20-month-old first tried it a couple months ago his rhythm was awful. He’d wobble in a ...