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  Exercise often feels like hard work. It damn well should, because you're lifting heavy objects, pushing your cardiovascular system to its limits, and forcing your body to burn fat and glucose to supplement the energy you're burning.   ...
Day 156 of 360 Pendlay row: 3 x 5 @ 75% of 2RM   Then:   1-arm kettlebell row: 3 x 5L, 5R @ as heavy as possible in each set 2 x 5L, 5R @ 2 intervals down from heaviest above   Rest as needed between sets. If sets require interrup ...
  How do you decide the best approach to a problem? There’s an ongoing debate in the fitness and therapy fields about what defines true evidence-based practice. I would define the two camps at the center of the debate as the scientists versus ...
Source: Bev Childress   CrossFit. The name itself is enough to elicit very strong opinions across the fitness landscape. Depending on whom you ask, it is either:   The greatest manifestation of all that is fitness; the combination of every ...
  Great coaching, great programming, and great education come in many different forms but share a foundation of being:   Simple - Straight-forward, easy to follow, and un-intimidating. Effective - Uses beneficial, functional movements, b ...
Day 76 of 100 1)Power Snatch off blocks: (X/2)5 2)Power Clean off blocks: (X/2)5 3)Clean Extension: (X/4)4 4)Pause Jerk: (X/2)5   ...
  Theodore Sloan, Antonio Squillante, and Giulio Palau are three up and coming young coaches, part of a vanguard of new minds coming into the industry. They will approach a coaching tactic or strategy from a different perspective and share thei ...
  We're all very familiar with the strength-related benefits of resistance training. With stronger muscles, we're more easily able to carry out our activities of daily life: hauling out the garbage, moving heavy objects, playing with our kid ...
Day 155 of 360 Deadlift: 3 x 10 @ (up to) 70% of 2RM   Rest as needed between sets. If sets require interruption, make as minor an adjustment as needed and complete the next uninterrupted. When scheme is listed as “3 x 10″, it always ...
Day 75 of 100 1)Snatch: (X/2)6 2)Clean & Jerk: (X/1+2)4 3)Snatch High Pull & Hang Snatch High Pull: (X/1+2)4 4)Back Squat: (X/3)4 5)Good Morning: (X/4)4 Frog jumps (0/4)4   ...
  If you’re not having fun with your training, you’re going to quit. So have fun! That’s the sort of simple, no-BS message that dominates the fitness philosophy of Rob MacDonald. You might know him better as Bobby Maximus, former U ...
  I recently completed a Spartan Super Run with a good friend of mine. The Spartan Super Run is a 14.4k, 20-plus obstacle race that takes you through different terrains, challenging your body under multiple ways you never thought possible. Admittedl ...
In my recent articles I’ve discussed the importance of functional flexibility for performance and some of the common stretching pitfalls we all make. Today, I’ll go through five movements that will give you an idea of your functional flexibili ...
When someone new watches me demonstrate an arm balance, he or she often responds with, "I don't think I have the upper body strength for that." Well, I don't either. There are some strong athletes who can muscle their way through most ba ...
Day 154 of 360 Power clean:   Climb to a new 2RM using warm-up sets of no more than 5 reps (starting at no more than 60%) before adjusting weight. Rest as needed, and keep total number of post-warm-up lifts under 20 (Ex. 5, 3, 3, 2, 2, 2… ...
Day 74 of 100 1)Behind the Neck Snatch-grip Power Jerk: (X/3)4 2)Hang Snatch: (X/3)5 3)Hang Snatch High Pull: (X/3)4 4)Halting Snatch Deadlift to Power Position: (X/4)4 5)Back Squat-Vertical Jump: (X/4-0/4)5   ...
  My orthopedist told me that I have one bad knee and one worse knee. I’m 27 years old and I’ve got double knee replacements in my future; if I continue doing the things that I enjoy (hiking, skiing, and the occasional 5k) that should ha ...