How to Build a Better Pedal Stroke, Part 2

After two weeks I have undertaken ten training sessions, and during these I have attempted to ride more in a circle during both the effort and rest phases. Here is a detailed analysis of my results.

Off-Season Strength Training for Cyclists: The Strength Phase

For the past three months we’ve progressively prepared for the more intense work this month. It’s now time get serious about developing strength.

The Other Guys (And Why They Don’t Matter)

In 1988 Carl Lewis lost his focus and lost his shot at a gold medal. Why? Because he let Ben Johnson get in his head. If it can happen to someone like Carl Lewis, it can happen to any of us.

Know Thyself (And You'll Know How to Train)

The tricky part of training is when people try to ride two horses with one ass. You can't specialize in more than one thing. Know yourself and what you want well enough and you'll know how to train.

Does Arm Action Render Heart Rate Monitors Ineffective?

Have you ever wondered if moving your arms too much might throw off your heart rate monitor? A new study asked that question and got an unexpected response.

Tech Review: Google Helpouts

What if I told you there was a way, as either a trainer or trainee, that you could accomplish your fitness or business goals from the privacy of your own home, when you can make the time?

Featured Photographer: The U of MMA Photography Team

If you've ever played a team sport, you know how awesome it is when a team comes together. This photo gallery from the U of MMA team photographers is a visual example of that team dynamic.

How Much Recovery Do You Need? 7 Factors to Add Up

Remember you don't get strong doing a workout; you only get strong when you recover from a workout. Here are seven factors to add up how much recovery you need.

A Primer on Stretching for Adolescent Athletes

By adding static and dynamic stretches to a sports program, coaches and trainers can greatly reduce the risk of injuries, while guiding their developing athletes to continue to perform optimally.

Video: Shoulder and Chest Opening Yoga Flow, Part 1

Today we are talking about our shoulders and chest. We are going to stretch these areas, and at the same time strengthen our back.

The AbMat Is Awesome - Here's Why

There is always someone in class who asks, “Why do I need an AbMat?” No one can seem to truly answer this elusive question. Why do we need an AbMat? And for goodness’ sake, which way do we turn it?

8 Common Squatting Mistakes and How to Correct Them For Stronger Squats

Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone squats. Through the combo of these two things, I’ve worked out eight common mistakes that limit squatting potential and how to correct them.

The Effects of Bands on Bench Press Power and Speed

A lot of powerlifters use bands during the bench press. A new study investigates the effects this practice has on acceleration and maximal power.

Athlete Journal: James Kearns, Entry 4 - 1/29/2014

For the first time in a few weeks, I had a solid training week with no injuries, illness, or schedule conflicts. I increased the intensity this week to prepare for my upcoming BJJ meet.

Book Review: "The 21 Day Sugar Detox" by Diane Sanfilippo

Whether you still eat Twinkies or opt for raw honey or coconut sugar, "The 21 Day Sugar Detox" will help you overcome cravings and put sugar in its place.

The Early Days of Women's MMA: An Interview with Danielle West

I recently spoke to MMA fighter Danielle “The Curse” West about her career and I wasn’t surprised to learn that one of the reasons she began fighting was because she wanted to help someone else.

Had Enough of Kale? Try These 5 Powerful Leafy Greens Instead

I happen to love kale, but it can be bitter and tough. If you can’t stand kale, there’s no reason to despair. There are tons of other leafy greens out there that you may find you like.

I Have a Dream (Team): When Winning Is the Only Thing That Matters

What is the point of the “fittest gym” if the fittest gym is merely drafted? It’s nothing.

GPP Forever: How to Avoid Accidental Specialization and Actually Get Fit

Personal training has become overtaken by all the “strength coaches” out there. Except do you know what beginners need? GPP - not SPP.

Exercise Can Help Your Social Life

Have a problem mingling at parties? A new research review suggests a little bit of exercise, and team sports in particular, might do your social life some good.