Heavy Squats Improve Vertical Jump

Imagine your vertical jump is just about to be tested. Suddenly, you tell the test administrator, “Hold up, I gotta do some heavy squats first.” Sound ridiculous? A new study suggests it might not be.

Athlete Journal: Terry Hadlow, Entry 1 - 10/21/2013

There are so many aspects to my training approach that it will take some time to organize it so it makes sense. In my first entry I'll tell you a bit about my training schedule and nutrition.

Why You Should Pre-Qualify Clients and Refuse to Work With Just Anybody

I urge everyone involved in this industry to look at how you recruit and what processes you use to screen and qualify potential customers.

5 Essential Qualities to Look for in a Good Trainer

The booming fitness industry is seeing a lot of people just trying to make a quick buck. How do you know the good trainers from the bad? Here are five traits I recommend you look for.

What Women Need to Know About Growth Hormone (and How to Maximize It)

The more estrogen we have, the more growth hormone we produce. So, what does this mean? Can we capitalize on our production of GH? What happens when we aren’t making as much estrogen?

Making Weight in the Real World: How to Cut Weight When Life is Busy

The goal for this article is to provide you with some tips on safe weight cutting - not just for the full-time competitor but for the competitor who has to deal with work, family, or school.

The Top 5 Ways Fascia Matters to Athletes

Turns out we're kinda like oranges. Here's some info about fascia and how you can use it to maximize not just your performance, but also just your ability to feel good in your body.

Intermittent Cryotherapy Improves Performance in Baseball Pitchers

Ice therapy seems to have a lot of potential for recovery in the athletic world, and a new study suggests it might even benefit performance when used during a game or during rest periods.

Sunday Seven: The Week's 7 Most Popular Articles, Vol. 81

Every Sunday we post the "Sunday Seven" so you can quickly see the seven most popular articles of the week. This week: push ups, weightlifting shoes, anatomy, eggs, sports etiquette, and more!

Video: Counter-Tactics in Muay Thai: 3 Counters to the Cross

This week I'm teaching you three counters to the cross. I'll go over a close-range, mid-range, and long-range tactic in great detail.

Athlete Journal: Jess Papi, Entry 3 - 10/19/2013

With school and transitions at my academy, I'm in a bit of a training slump. I'm still teaching at my academy but I'm looking forward to a normalized training schedule and some hard training sessions.

The Villainous 45-Pound Bar Upper Body Workout

This workout is simple to understand but difficult to do. Take the challenge and throw it into your routine sometime. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

8 Glimpses Into the World of Convict Conditioning

Paul Wade learned about bodyweight exercises and calisthenics from hardcore convicts without access to equipment. Here are eight glimpses into his world of Convict Conditioning.

Product Review: APS Complete 100% Grass Fed Whey Protein and PreCharge

Combine a good protein powder with a solid pre-workout supplement and you have the recipe for athletic success. If you're looking for solid products, APS has two items you should try.

Athlete Journal: Charles Staley, Entry 62 - 2013 World Championships

Here's a report of this year's Raw! Federation World Powerlifting Championships, as well as my goals for the future in light of my performance at the meet.

Friday Flicks: Daredevil Mustang Wanted on a 150-Meter Crane

There's fearless - and then there's hanging of the edge of a 150-meter crane and claiming "fear does not exist." This is the motto of 26-year-old Ukrainian Mustang Wanted.

Workouts to Prepare You for the CPAT: The Fire Department Physical Ability Test

This workout plan is comprised of four sessions per week, and you should give yourself a minimum of six weeks training before test day.

9 Perspectives on Coaching and Weightlifting by Bob Takano

Bob Takano is a highly regarded weightlifting coach with experience in coaching all levels of lifter from beginners to national champion. Here are nine of his articles and videos for you.

Off-Season Strength Training for Cyclists: A Well-Planned Transition Phase

Part of prepping for next year's cycling season includes an effective transitional phase to start off-season training. The proper design of this phase of training pays big dividends later.

Super Sets: What They Are and 4 Ways to Do Them

Joe Weider was the founder of bodybuilding as we know it today. He also created the "Super Set Principle," and think what you want about bodybuilding, but these are great for building strength.

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