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The back squat is a great exercise, but it’s not great for everyone. In many cases, the front squat is a better choice for most tall lifters. Having the bar front loaded allows you to maintain a more upright torso position and sit deeper into the li ...
Time seems to be the most important thing in one’s life, only behind family and religion. Being a coach, I see time and time again various things come up. From the kids getting sick, to work keeping you late day after day.   Regardless, there i ...
Our country is a tribute to freedom and the human pioneering spirit. America is an idea as much as a country—the land of opportunity—the dream of building a better life for yourself. We believe in human ingenuity, strength of will, conviction, ...
Lately, I have been reading about masters cross country (Nordic) skiers who are engaged in strength training for improving ski performance. What I found to be missing in their training plans is any mention of the “three planes of motion.” &nbs ...
Your sleeping patterns could be slowing you down from achieving your fitness and body composition goals. Many of us have heard the 8-hour rule for sleep that deals with sleep quantity, but what about sleep quality? Optimizing sleep quality could be the mi ...
Someone asked me a question while I was dropping in at another gym back home in Virginia recently that got me thinking: "How much time do you spend in the gym to look like that?"   It's not a bad question, and there's no simple answ ...
"Training is life." "You gotta love the grind." "24/7, 365 hustle.”   I've been guilty of chasing numbers in the gym to the point of actually suffocating the good things in my life. It's one thing if you're ...
Wait, what? Stop exercising? Isn’t exercising good for you? Aren’t millions upon millions of people looking for the right reason to start exercising? Besides, isn’t it my job and duty as a fitness professional and writer to convince you ...
A good 90% of my clients (both for massage therapy and training) complain of some sort of pain regularly. In fact, it’s often the reason they seek me out in the first place. For the general population, nagging perpetual pain in the upper back, shoul ...
I'm about to blow your mind. There's one exercise you're probably not doing that'll change your life and give you immediate results.   Walking.   Seriously. Walking is incredibly underrated. It’s become my favorite recovery ...
While most athletes are in denial when it comes to acquiring an injury or developing chronic pain, the truth is that sports disciplines are notorious for increasing your risk of experiencing injuries. A better understanding of the natural progression of i ...
I’m sure we’ve all had them in our medicine cabinet at one time or another. Multivitamins are a staple in most people’s kitchens, but they’re not cheap!   Most people consider multivitamins to be a sort of “catch-all&rdq ...
The hero’s journey is a tale as old as time. You can see it in just about any story we share with others, from movies (Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord of The Rings, etc.) to television series and books.   While the details differ from story to st ...
  The air is crisp, cold, and smells like January at 4 am. Other than a few leftover Christmas lights, there are no signs of life as my feet pound the pavement. Trees rustle, stars boast, and I run, taking each step in stride. I have no music, no po ...
I’ve always dreamed of getting rid of my car—freeing myself from my over-convenienced stupor to reconnect with the very human act of locomotion. The majority of our millions of years of human history, humans have been hunter-gatherers responsi ...
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 ...