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I’ve had a mountain of enquiries from people all over the world asking the same question:   “What is ‘the best exercise’ for my low back problem?”   This question shows a lack of insight from injured athletes and th ...
The topic of diet has been known to lead to arguments that could almost be described as religious. While I don’t think anyone is going to commit a jihad over whether or not to eat paleo, you know exactly what I mean if you’ve ever tried to ste ...
Kettlebell sport competition is relatively new to the West. Although new associations and clubs are being formed, the sport is yet to have the more solid infrastructure of conventional sports, with long-established clubs, coaches and associations. It stil ...
You would think every exercise that could be done to strengthen the core has already been done. Since Charles Atlas first advertised his bodybuilding programs in the 1970s and 1980s, training the midsection has become one of the biggest areas of fitness, ...
The Soviet Union started using visualisation in sports from the 1970s, and now it is in the toolkit of most elite athletes. From scoring the goal, to flipping the somersault, to winning the race, visualisation helps you succeed.     I used visua ...
Hamlet - Act 3, scene 1 (Original draft): “To flex or not to flex, that is the question”    Reading between the lines, we can sense the troubling thought that concerned the Prince of Denmark, and has perplexed lifters ever since ...
Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you already know the five basic human movements:    Push Pull Hinge Squat Loaded carry   I believe I first learned about this list from Coach Dan John. All of these basic human mov ...
What does your deadlift look like when it gets heavy? More than likely, your hips shoot up, your chest collapses forward, and you lose the maximal force you are trying to apply.    When the hips rise too fast, you lose the opportunity to move bi ...
We’re not talking ballet here. The Black Swan refers to an unprecedented and unpredictable event that has a huge impact. It’s the unknown and the dangerous. This concept, developed by scholar Nassim Taleb, is the epitome of what we d ...
With the new year approaching, the inevitable crowds will begin to show up at gyms. No elliptical or ab machine is safe. In March, things will be back to normal. Why does this happen?   I believe the main reason people fail is because they do not fee ...
Charles is here on a weekly basis to help you cut through the B.S. and get some real perspective regarding health and training. Please post feedback or questions to Charles directly in the comments below this article.   Last week I wrote about the of ...
Today I’ll share two of my favourite ways to deck out your home for a more mobile lifestyle, without having to toss the couch. In the fitness industry we talk a lot about the big sexy movements, the best fat-burners, warrior-this, alpha-that. But we ...
The 2015 Senior World Weightlifting Championships are now history. A record 584 lifters from at least 75 countries traveled to Houston in late November. In addition to the usual world bragging rights, athletes were also fighting to maximise their nation&r ...
Recently we saw a flood of Facebook re-posts of UFC fighter Conor McGregor training with Ido Portal. These posts have drawn attention to free movement as training. The post linked above contains an important line for those who “don't have the ba ...
Dave Castro has come up with some pretty solid competition workouts. “The Pool” in 2013 (swimming and bar muscle ups) was a beautifully simple test of multiple layers of fitness and skill. The 2014 “Muscle Up Biathlon” (400-meter r ...
Most so-called functional training plans are 70 percent useless. Exercises like deadlifts, squats, Olympic lifts, swings, and even Bulgarian bag work don’t provide enough variation to improve true function and athleticism. Let me explain.   Onc ...
You cannot simply train mobility or stability alone. You need to train movement. Mobility and stability (or more appropriately, motor control) are important concepts to understand and work with, but they have been reduced to buzzwords. As a result, people ...