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How many push ups can you do? 20 or 30? 50? More? Maybe you’re one of the unlucky souls who can only manage five reps with questionable form. Say the word “exercise,” and the push up inevitably will be thought of as the movement of cho ...
Great coaches and trainers don't steal. They just take something that was already there and name it after themselves. Yoga too pagan-y for you then, how about mobility? Circuit training too YMCA-y for you then how about CrossFit? Dancing too dance-y ...
The split jerk is actually a two-step with the back foot landing first and thus gaining traction first. This has the effect of pushing the bar forward under the bar as it locks out overhead.   This exercise teaches the proper “prancing” ...
  Last week, I wrote about how mobility—the ability to move and be moved freely and easily—is not a separate facet of fitness. Rather, mobility is an expression of your fitness, and informs your moment-to-moment reality.   Just as ...
Right now, we all need to stay home, stay safe, stay healthy, and try to stay strong. The final part of that sentence might be something you are anxious about. Many stressed-out people have contacted me worrying about losing their gains. So, are they ri ...
Strict good mornings with the feet placed wide, the knees locked and the back held straight is an excellent movement that solves a number of problems for beginning lifters. They also provide supplemental strengthening for veteran lifters.   The lif ...
I love research that makes exercise more accessible to everyone. An article published by the American College of Sports Medicine[1] does just that. Researchers reviewed the literature on high-intensity circuit training and designed a circuit of bodyweig ...
Writing programs is easy. You just need to do between 1-20 sets of 1-100 reps per muscle group at between 5-120% of your 1RM and rest for 1-300 minutes between sets. It’s science. This is obviously an exaggeration of what is written in most textbo ...
Let’s start with the first and most commonly known thing about the plank and that is how to perform one. A standard plank is performed with arms shoulder-width apart and toes on the ground, raise your body until your body is in a line, from the to ...
It is almost the first day of spring but, unfortunately, it is not a time of celebration or renewal. For many people, a number that increases every day, there is isolation and quarantine while the COVID-19 pandemic, also known as coronavirus, spreads th ...
Which type of athlete are you?   The one who never stops training? The athlete who tries to out grind the competition?   Or are you the one constantly looking for a way to hack the system?   Which is better?   From a health perspecti ...
The steel mace (mace bell or gada) has been used by Hindu warriors for over 2,000 years. It has recently found new popularity in the fitness world for its benefits in strengthening and stabilizing the shoulders, back, core, hips, and grip.   Even t ...
Most people don't know how to pick up a heavy box off the ground without straining their back so, why do we think that most people understand the nuances of barbell, kettlebell and, even, dumbbell movements? And of all the people who you see lifting ...
Among all things tech-lovers, data junkies, or sports science nerds like myself can track, running cadence is one that can be easily monitored on a GPS device. A 2016 study showed that using a commercially available watch like a Garmin is a reliable, va ...
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 req ...
As we move into spring, many of us run the risk of making fatal errors to our training for the remainder of the year, and of those errors program overhaul is one of them.   This is not saying however, changing things that do not work isn’t wa ...
Somebody is peculiar who takes on a dangerous trail or scales up the highest peak, without the support of a team and the encouragement of a partner making the trek with them. If some person does hike up some monstrous mountain alone, they probably have ...