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  We all understand that you can’t run before you can walk, and you can’t walk before you can stand, but often people don’t know the requisite foundation that must precede more complex movements in fitness. Most individuals are uns ...
Day 198 of 360 7 rounds of:   7 Bench press @ 60% of 2RM 7 Double kettlebell front squat @ as heavy as possible uninterrupted 1 minute rest   Make minor weight adjustments as needed to complete strong, uninterrupted sets in both movement ...
Kettlebells are just a tool, but their myriad uses make them the best tool available. [Photo courtesy CrossFit Stars]   I’m a big fan of kettlebells. Kettlebells are by far the most effective and convenient conditioning tool around. I wou ...
  Over the last decade, yoga has become one of the most popular types of physical activity in the United States. There are an estimated 36 million people practicing yoga, up from just over 20 million in 2012. Thirty-four percent of Americans say the ...
  As a fitness professional, it is implied that I like working out. It’s true, I like seeing what my body is capable of; I am also a human being with a lot of self discipline, a type A personality, and a tendency to fall into an unvaried routi ...
Day 197 of 360 Deadlift:   3 x 3 (up to) 95% of 2RM 1 x 10 @ 65% (use double overhand grip) 1 x 15 @ 40-50%   Rest as needed between sets. If sets require interruption, make as minor an adjustment as needed and complete the next uninterr ...
A few years ago we conducted an informal experiment to determine the effect of speed of exercise movement on muscle fiber (motor unit) recruitment. Please understand that the test was not conducted using standard research methods (number of subjects, lack ...
  When it comes to anything music related, I will admit that I am the snobbiest of snobs. Yes, I am a fitness professional, however music is my love and obsession. I love live music, I love working out to music, and if a good song is on in the car I ...
  Most of the work done in traditional resistance training exercise emphasizes the concentric phase of muscle contractions. This is the shortening of the muscles as they act against a resisting force, such as the upward push of a bench press, the st ...
  This strength cycle should help you prioritize overall squat, pull and press strength. The final week will be a test week of sorts, some lifts you will be allowed to max, others you will be given a set rep number to achieve at heavier weight. &nbs ...
  This is the sixth part of a comprehensive video series designed to bring you toward a strong and stable free-standing handstand. While this video (see below) will benefit your training regardless of your current fitness or goals, it is intended as ...
Day 196 of 360 Press:   3 x 5 @ (up to) 70% of 2RM 1 x 10 @ 50-60% 1 x 10 @ 30-40%   Rest as needed between sets. If sets require interruption, make as minor an adjustment as needed and complete the next uninterrupted. When the scheme is ...
Whether you know it or not, your forearm and grip strength say a lot about you. Grip strength is a quick way to evaluate how much full body strength one possesses. If you have the hand strength of a 12-year-old, you aren’t picking up heavy things. & ...
Description Begin by placing 2 cones 6 to 8 feet apart just like the 2 cone drill previously listed. In addition to the 2 cones place a third cone about 6 to 8 feet out in front of the middle of the 2 cones creating a triangle among the cones. ...
  The rules of eating well aren’t complicated. We all understand the basic principles of portion control and macronutrient ratios, but for many of us, creating meals based on those principles just doesn’t work with our busy schedules. Af ...
This simple stretch for the mid-to-upper portion of your spine will help to reduce tension, and leave you feeling taller and more open through the chest and shoulders. To do it, you will need a chair and a strap or belt. I refer to it as an exercise in th ...
  Obesity rates have risen drastically in the last three decades. According to the WHO, worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980, with more than 13% of the world's population being overweight and obese. More than 600 million adults fal ...