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”Anything you avoid in life will come back, over and over again, until you’re willing to face it–to look deeply into its true nature.” - Adyashanti   I’ve been a personal trainer for some 18 years and while fitness trend ...
There’s no denying that emergency service workers need to maintain a high level of fitness for the job. The physical demands they may encounter at a moment’s notice can be extreme, so what better way to improve that fitness than to train as a ...
  MMA, CrossFit, strongman, powerlifting, football, hockey, baseball - everyone is bigger, stronger, and jacked up higher than ever before. Amateur to pro-athlete, people are maxing out every advantage of which they think or hear. The Internet and r ...
The snatch lift is one of two competitive movements in the Olympic sport of weightlifting. Originally known as one of the two “quick lifts,” (the other being the clean and jerk) the snatch contrasted the more pure strength lift, the press, whi ...
  What makes sport compelling to watch? What drives us to compete against each other? I would argue that we come back to watch the same sports over and over again because of the thrill of the unknown. Until the moment the runners cross the finish li ...
  Really committed to getting deep into your bottom position on your lifts? Sitting at a desk all day at work? Or maybe just have an interest in increasing hip flexibility? The Cossack squat is a good movement to spend some time learning properly an ...
Day 360 Of 360 Dumbbell box jump: 8, 6, 4, 4, 4, 2, 2   Weight increases each set (denoted by commas). Begin at a moderate, challenging weight and end as heavy as possible; Each set should be difficult, violent, and positionally sound.     ...
Day 359 Of 360 Mace 360 + extension: 3 x 10 @ scaled to ability in each set   Rest as needed between sets. When scheme is listed as “3 x 10″, it always refers to “Sets” x “Reps”.   Today, each rep will feature ...
Photo by Bev Childress   Let’s say you have been working out for a long time, by yourself. You are extremely self-disciplined and feel confident following programs that use basic movements you are familiar with, but you aren’t sure how t ...
  The ketogenic diet is on a roll and there’s really no question why it’s gained so much momentum. Dubbed the keto diet for short, this low carb, high fat diet supplies the body with a plethora of healthy fats which are used as energy fo ...
Day 358 Of 360 30 reps of the following kettlebell complex:   1 Kettlebell swing clean 1 1-arm kettlebell swing 1 Kettlebell snatch 1 + 1 + 1 = 1 rep.   Today:   12 reps @ weight 1 (lightest- 6L, 6R) 6 reps @ weight 2 (intelligent increase- ...
  The fitness community is full of ardent proponents for one specific route. They are CrossFitters, runners, strength athletes, yogis, or bodybuilders. All develop their body for a narrowly defined goal. Include a tribe and unquenchable passion, and ...
Day 357 Of 360 Bench press: 3 x 3 @ 85% of 2RM 3 x 7 @ 60%, each with 3/1000 hold in lock-out   Rest as needed between sets. If a set requires interruption make as minor a weight adjustment as possible and continue uninterrupted. When scheme is liste ...
  As I fought to hit the last rep on my less than perfect bench press, I sat up to see a guy had been watching my struggle from across the gym. I'd only been training a few weeks and my form was pretty shaky. My lack of technical skill led me to ...
Day 356 Of 360 Turkish Get-up:   Climb to a new 1RM using warm-up sets of no more than 2 reps (each side) before adjusting weight. Rest as needed, and keep total number of lifts under 12 (Ex. 2L + 2R x 2, 1L + 1R as needed).   Note: Achieving a ...
Photo by Bev Childress   America is addicted to superlatives. We’re bored with better; we want the best, biggest, fastest, strongest, hottest, coldest, highest, funnest, most expensive, most incredible thing that has ever been devised, and we ...
“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great. “   This Tom Hanks quote from A League of Their Own has become a cliché. But here’s the thing about cliché ...