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It’s a great time in the world, isn’t it? A time where we seem to appreciate a little heft in the bum more than ever.   Whether we were moving in that direction already or not—or whether Baby Got Back or Jennifer Lopez spurred on th ...
If you’ve been pursuing an aesthetic physique for any measure of time you’ve likely heard how important it is to dial in your training and diet. Although these are critical aspects, one topic that doesn’t receive the attention it deserve ...
A never-ending debate in many sports, but especially in weightlifting, concerns when a young athlete should begin training in the discipline. There are two schools of thought in this area and now is a good time to take a look at each one.   Many deca ...
Three years ago, I had to undergo multiple health screenings to stay on my father’s insurance plan. When the doctor called me back and told me I was hypoglycemic (meaning I have low blood sugar), I was surprised, but when thinking back it totally ma ...
If it fits our macros.   It’s a common term that's being used as the catchphrase for the new wave of eating. However, this is an old school phenomenon that your average gym patron can easily adhere to. In short, it summarizes the need to en ...
You can’t go wrong with the back squat, deadlift, and bench press—the classic big three powerlifting movements. Train them regularly and you will gain strength, especially if you’re new to training.   But, not if these movements are ...
Though your impetus to improve your grip strength might be as simple as wanting to be able to stay on the pull-up bar longer during a conditioning workout, science says grip strength might even be more important than just for gaining serious pull-up prowe ...
Two years ago, Max Aita and I sat down for a beer in a dive bar in Brooklyn, after he taught his first weightlifting clinic at JDI Barbell. We discussed the Olympic weightlifting technique and agreed. Drilling statically the so-called power position has i ...
“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.” - Henry David Thoreau   School is back in session and we are all coming up with our best plans for a new year. Yet middle school coaches and PE teachers ar ...
Teach me a pull-up. Teach me a pull-up!   A common request from many eager students—and their bubbles are immediately popped when I explain I can’t just teach them a pull-up. That getting a pull-up might require months and months of hard ...
When I first got out of college I was hired to teach World History and coach football at a large high school in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs. I reported to work three weeks early along with the rest of the football coaches so that we could prepare for th ...
Have you ever been driving down the interstate when it occurred to you that a sharp turn of the steering wheel in either direction would send you and your cargo flipping to an early grave? Not a pleasant thought, but it is surprisingly common.   We a ...
  “Why are we squatting to a box? Nobody cares how good my 1RM box squat is!”   That was a legitimate complaint fielded from a client who has been at my gym for seven years.   “I just want to back squat, man,” he pe ...
Specificity is a core principle in sport science. It’s the degree of association between training and performance outcomes.1 If you’re a powerlifter this means that the training you do should be focused at getting you better at squatting, benc ...
Though we seem to like to make fitness complicated, it doesn’t have to be.   If you squat, push, pull, hinge, and carry consistently you’ll probably get pretty fit. But don't forget to lunge!   We sometimes forget about the lunge ...
The gym is just like a classroom or an office—there are important rules you need to follow in order to keep everyone safe and to ensure it runs efficiently. Rules are also there to stop you from looking like a rookie in the gym who isn’t sure ...
We love to vaguely allude to values in day-to-day conversation. Values are a convenient, socially respected concept and any reference to them adds weight to our words. More than likely your company has core values plastered on the wall with lofty importan ...