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Speed thrills. Watching an athlete chase down an opponent, or dash away from someone chasing them, is an iconic and exhilarating element of sport around the world. An athlete with acceleration to burn will always raise eyebrows amongst coaches and scouts, ...
The rugby season is nearly over. If you’ve been lucky enough to remain injury free so far, I’d wager you’re being held together by physio tape and painkillers. My hat goes off to you if you are still going strong. It’s a rare thing ...
Adaptation is awesome, especially from a survival standpoint. Until recent history, we had to adapt to survive. That whole "not dying" thing makes adaptation pretty important on the grand scale of useful traits. However, adaptation is a real pai ...
The ultimate goal of any core exercise should be to protect your spine. Spinal stiffness and core stabilization strategies should also transfer directly into your bigger lifts. That’s why it’s important to implement specific core exercises tha ...
You hit the gym. You’re feeling strong, pumped, and ready to attack a new squat PB. But as you unrack the bar, descend to the bottom of the squat, and turn the power on to drive back up, the unthinkable happens. Your hips shoot up, your chest falls ...
Most of you have screwed up feet, and don't even realize it. Thanks to the crazy choices we make in footwear, our feet have become pathologically weak. We have created a nightmare situation, not only for our feet, but also for everything up the chain. ...
This article was written by Matt Whitmore.   If you follow Fitter Food, you’ll know our approach to nutrition is a simple one. This hasn’t always been the case. I’ve been as guilty as the next guy of overcomplicating my quest to fin ...
People love to talk about how complicated the shoulder is. Given that the shoulder complex is actually four joints and involves a large number of muscles, they aren’t exactly wrong. The trouble is that this baseline observation is frequently used as ...
Training really comes down to one thing: stress management. In the gym you add stress to try to push your body to a new level. Outside the gym, you do everything you can to alleviate the stress imposed in the gym.   When you achieve the right balance ...
Tell me if this sounds familiar. You're pedalling at a fair rate of knots and feel you’re riding well. Then a fellow cyclist of a similar age and build comes flying past, leaving you for dust as he overtakes you with apparent ease. If this&nbs ...
Ready to get “high” and skyrocket the performance of your body and brain? In my last article, I discussed a new model of performance that stimulates development of the brain right alongside the body. Today, we are going to move from concept to ...
What’s the best way to warm up for jogging? The answer used to be to stretch and start off slow. More recently, the answers are clouded in clinical studies, systematic reviews, and expert opinion.   The true answer is, it depends. Everyone is d ...
You wake up in the middle of the night and your shoulder is screaming as you lie on it. In the morning, you can barely bend over to put your Stance socks on after that heavy squat session yesterday. Box jumps and double-unders are impossible because of yo ...
You can’t build a strong, stable spine by moving in just one plane of motion. More importantly, you can’t build a resilient spine without providing a challenging stimulus for it to respond to.   Use these challenging core-training exerci ...
It seems like it’s birthday season at work. You worked hard to limit the damage through the holidays, and the endless carry-ins and banquets and family gatherings. You even stayed on track through Super Bowl Sunday, the second biggest feast day on t ...
When the Olympics came to London in 2012, not only did it provide the British public with an enthusiasm extravaganza rarely seen in a long and chronically reserved history, it brought one of the most prolific athletes of our time to our backyard: Usain Bo ...
Many women participate in sport, but not all have had an active childhood that has given them the fundamental strength and stability necessary to support their adult training. I have found this to be especially true for women starting Brazilian Jiu JItsu. ...