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Everyone is always looking for quick fixes. No one wants to put in the work that creates lasting changes—which is what you really want in the long run. Right?   So why do we sell ourselves short? I preach about the importance of putting healthy ...
The barbell shrug is a very misunderstood movement, a commonly passed over exercise, and often an incorrectly executed one.   As a primitive or primal movement, the shrug is as commonplace as flexing your hand to coerce someone to hurry up. Second na ...
The squat is often referred to as "the king of the gym lifts"—for good reason, too. A correctly performed barbell squat utilizes virtually every muscle in the body.1 If you want to get stronger, squats will help. If you want to get bigger, ...
My friend's wife recently grimaced in pain while we were out to dinner. She seemed very uncomfortable, and when I asked what was wrong, she told me that she had recently started training at a gym, one of the usual suspects in globo gym chans, and that ...
  Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine recently found1 that while men may lose more weight on low-carb diets, women actually see better improvements in artery flexibility. It's a finding that may help pre-diabetic women ...
Injuries suck. There’s no other way around it. You may never become truly bulletproof, but if you understand the injury equation, you can tip the scales in your favor. Here you’ll discover the hidden costs of injury and how to effectively main ...
Do you work in an office? If so, chances are you have neck and upper back pain. Do you get massages and shoulder rubs which temporarily relieve your pain, only to revert back a couple of days later?   I don’t know your situation, but I do know ...
  The kettlebell swing is perhaps one of the most powerful and graceful ballistic strength movements you can possibly perform when it comes to checking the list off of some elite level strength and conditioning tactics to add to your training toolbo ...
I remember it like it was yesterday: The day I graduated from a no-holds-barred lifter to a guy with one eye on the long game.   I was deadlifting 320 pounds, which for me was an almost immovable mountain of weight. I’d warmed up, stretched, an ...
  When it comes to cardiovascular health, weight loss, or overall health improvements, cardio seems to always get the spotlight. I get it, it is good for you and, for the most part, everyone can do it in some form or another; however, I also believe ...
Someone younger is bound to look at someone older and think, they don't have a clue. Someone older is bound to look at someone younger and think, you don't the half of it. The fact is that we all need support, young and old, but as you get older p ...
Cool weather is nice to workout in, warm weather helps you work up a sweat, but hot weather can make it difficult to even breathe while working out. So, what do you do? Do you workout at the same intensity as you would with cooler weather or do you take i ...
  The movement is often an overlooked and underrated exercise that offers a lot of bang for your buck. The L-sit is a static hold where you support yourself with your arms while holding your legs straight out in front of your body. There are so many ...
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein   I am an expectant father. Like most first time parents, I have no clue what is coming—a fact made far more terrifying by the maniaca ...
Photo by Bev Childress   Everyone needs to lift more, but women may need to plan for a longer term commitment to strength training than even men. That may be the takeaway from a study of skeletal mass (SM) and distribution in men and women aged 18-8 ...
  The ketogenic diet is on a roll and there’s really no question why it has gained so much momentum both inside the athletic world and out. Dubbed the keto diet for short, this low carb, high fat diet supplies the body with a plethora of healt ...
The Zercher squat—what is it? The exercise supposedly originated from, you guessed it, a man named Zercher. Ed Zercher was an American strongman active in the 1930’s and in his day was one of the strongest men in America. The story goes he had ...