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In my recent articles I’ve discussed the importance of functional flexibility for performance and some of the common stretching pitfalls we all make. Today, I’ll go through five movements that will give you an idea of your functional flexibili ...
When someone new watches me demonstrate an arm balance, he or she often responds with, "I don't think I have the upper body strength for that." Well, I don't either. There are some strong athletes who can muscle their way through most ba ...
Day 154 of 360 Power clean:   Climb to a new 2RM using warm-up sets of no more than 5 reps (starting at no more than 60%) before adjusting weight. Rest as needed, and keep total number of post-warm-up lifts under 20 (Ex. 5, 3, 3, 2, 2, 2… ...
Day 74 of 100 1)Behind the Neck Snatch-grip Power Jerk: (X/3)4 2)Hang Snatch: (X/3)5 3)Hang Snatch High Pull: (X/3)4 4)Halting Snatch Deadlift to Power Position: (X/4)4 5)Back Squat-Vertical Jump: (X/4-0/4)5   ...
  My orthopedist told me that I have one bad knee and one worse knee. I’m 27 years old and I’ve got double knee replacements in my future; if I continue doing the things that I enjoy (hiking, skiing, and the occasional 5k) that should ha ...
  It’s the weekend! You’ve been crushing your body all week, and now it's time for some much-needed rest and recovery. But please, don’t just sit there. Recover! A little movement will go a long way to promote recovery and keep ...
  Many studies in the past have linked a poor pregnancy diet to a higher risk of childhood obesity. For example, a June 2017 study found that drinking diet soda during pregnancy increased obesity rates significantly.   According to new research ...
Day 153 of 360 6 rounds of: 2L, 2R Turkish Get-up @ 75% of 1RM 8 Goblet squat @ same 1 minute rest   Position governs weight in each segment of the Turkish Get-up; if details break down at chosen weight, adjust one interval and continue saf ...
Day 73 of 100 1)Snatch Balance: (X/3)4 2)Snatch Halting Deadlift to Power Position: (X/4)4 3)Hang Power Clean: (x/3)4 4)Push Press: (X/4)4 Crunches (X/5)4 Frog Jumps: (0/4)4 1 Leg Hop (0/4+4)4       ...
  Conventional fitness programs will tell you that your core’s only function is to brace the spine, which should only be used as a rigid lever. But your body is designed to move fluidly, and your spine is no exception. If you stop moving your ...
  Every good thing in your life is about relationships, and that includes fitness. Nobody can illustrate this point better than Dr. Chris Holder, head strength and conditioning coach at Cal Poly, and a long-time contributor to Breaking Muscle. He an ...
  Most of us walk out of the gym/studio/training field feeling two things: exhausted because we pushed ourselves hard, and happy because we know we did the right thing for our health. The endorphin rush induced by exercise can boost your mood for ho ...
Day 152 of 360 5 x 5L, 5R Kettlebell swing clean/ push press @ as heavy as possible in each 1 x 10L, 10R Kettlebell swing clean/ push press @ (up to) 75% of above 1 x 50 Kettlebell hand-to-hand swing clean + front squat @ 10-rep weight from ...
  As we cross into the summer months, your opportunities for fitness grow tremendously. Summer gives you the chance to bring your training outdoors. You can try new activities and challenges, mix up your typical routine, and connect with friends and ...
  It didn’t make sense to me, I had always looked after my body, yet it just wasn’t reacting to food and exercise the way it previously had. I had started to get fat around my once flat belly, my legs had a jiggly quality that I wasn&rsq ...
  This may seem like a ridiculous question. After all, everyone knows that the nutrients and fiber in whole wheat bread are good for your health, while white bread contains simply empty carbs and useless calories.   Well, we may actually have i ...
Day 72 of 100 1)Hang Muscle Snatch: (X/3)5 2)Snatch Extension: (X/3)5 3)Jerk Balance: (X/3)4 4)Front Squat: (X/4)5 Supine Sprints x 6       ...