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My first experience of group training wasn’t a personal experience. It was a secondary experience that came through interacting with my mom.   When I was in elementary school, I clearly remember her going to Jazzercise after dropping me off at ...
One of the best reasons to use kettlebells is that they tie the entire body together. They do this by engaging the core, hip, and shoulder stabilizers as well as utilizing grip.   The body works in an inside-out fashion. In other words, we engage inn ...
Olympic lifting is one of the most high-level, skill-based, athletic activities one can perform. No other style of lifting demands the same level of coordination, concentration, and detail than a heavy clean and jerk or snatch.   Olympic lifts requi ...
CrossFit’s main site and Facebook page recently reposted a blog post from an affiliate in Cheyenne, Wyoming, titled, “Two Crossfitters Walk Into Gold’s Gym: How two CrossFit athletes took down a globo-gym's month-long challenge in le ...
Are mirrors in a weight training facility good or bad? Depending on who I’m asking, I could get a wide array of answers. My bodybuilding and physique friends would have heart palpitations if I suggested they get rid of the mirrors. But for everyone ...
Back when I first started training, things were easy. We read bodybuilding magazines because they were the only thing available, and followed all the routines in them. That usually meant picking a big exercise like squats, bench, or rows for the big muscl ...
Training clients well is ultimately about systems. You may immediately think of set and rep schemes like 5/3/1 or German Volume Training, but these are not complete systems. A complete system has elements of performance, but it must also address injury pr ...
As strength coaches, the athlete’s health should be our top priority. The role of a strength coach is to prepare athletes to play their sport and compete through strength and conditioning programs that are developed to elevate their athleticism. &nb ...
Whether you are a CrossFit advocate or not, there are a few things everyone should thank Glassman for. As a strength coach, Olympic weightlifting and powerlifting athlete, and person who is indifferent to CrossFit, I have to admit Glassman’s basic c ...
‘The shape of the foot conforms to that of the shoe’ -Dr. Phil Hoffman, 19051   Modern footwear is largely focused on style, rather than the function of the human foot. Choice of shoe is a hugely important task, as this determines ho ...
In an industry full of hype and conflicting information it can be difficult to figure out who and what to believe. Social media has resulted in the abundant emergence of self-proclaimed ‘gurus’, ‘experts’, and online trainers with ...
For many of us, stress is an all too familiar part of our everyday. Like needing a sugary pick-me-up at 3pm, or battling standstill traffic on the way to and from work each day; we are living a highly stressed lifestyle. Kudos to those who attempt to rele ...
Stories have shaped human communication as long as we’ve existed. Look around. Our money, our religion, our businesses are all stories. And your story can shape your physiology, too. If it sounds like new-age manifestation mumbo jumbo, hang tight. I ...
A lot of my vegan friends love high carbohydrate diets. On the whole, they tend to respond really well to them. But all too often, they make the deductive leap that because it works for them, then it must work for everybody. Low-carbers and keto-philes ar ...
As a mum, you’ve experienced physiological changes that are unique to females and which are unable to be replicated in any other situation. Your body has undertaken a transformation, which commenced the moment you became pregnant and continues well ...
I was 12 years old when I first stepped into a weight room. From that day forward, I wanted to get big, strong, and build bulky muscles. A big chest, big arms, and 6-pack abs - if you had those qualities, that meant you were strong.   If only it was ...
Wouldn’t it be great if we all had an endless supply of willpower? No amount of temptation or distraction could throw us off course. Making a change in our habits would be as simple as deciding to do it. Unfortunately, this is not how human behavior ...