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We must understand that if our mind, focus, precision, and power are not firing on all cylinders, then most likely we will be out of balance and won’t be able to achieve the level of power it takes to go to the next level. We should analyze how thes ...
The fitness industry has fully embraced Georges Hebert’s adage: Be strong to be useful. CrossFitters celebrate the life preparation component of their adaptable approach and, more than ever, women are beginning to embrace strength training as essent ...
Stop the resistance band insanity! The Instagram famous fitness models will show you plenty of exercises using a resistance band and tell you that it will tone your body parts. Can we check their credentials first and see if they are even educated enough ...
Let me tell you what’s improved my Olympic weightlifting technique, and that of the lifters I coach more than anything else — focusing on balance, specifically keeping the pressure on the mid-foot on the first pull of the snatch and clean. &nb ...
  I grew up in the world of gymnastics.   As an inevitable result, I was ingrained with the idea that short and small was better than big and tall. Small was cuter and more beautiful. Small was sexier.   Unfortunately, I come from a tall f ...
Don't miss part one of Strong Parents, Strong Kids. In the fitness industry, there is no shortage of bad advice. Social media has allowed everyone who has ever worked out to bill themselves as an expert. The science of physical adaptation is ...
  No one likes Tax Day. Even your accountant hates it (the 16th of April, on the other hand, is awesome for them). Exercise is palliative care for those days when your mind is being pummeled and your spirit is taking a hit. Unless you expect a big r ...
If you come into my weight room, you’ll see a board displaying the essential no’s:   No Sitting No Yawning No Hands in Pockets No Being Last No Unauthorized Smartphone Use No Headphones No Singing to Other People—If You Need to Sin ...
You bench press, do push-ups, and maybe even military press. You squat, lunge, deadlift, glute bridge, pull-up, row, and have tried countless “ab” variations. You’ve likely hit the treadmill, the air bike, and even tried battle ropes, bu ...
At gyms all over the world, athletes can be found grunting and making pain faces as they aggressively grind out various sore body parts on foam rollers. Their thinking behind this self-administered, sometimes painful, myofascial release (SMR) technique is ...
Female: "I’m scared lifting weights will make me bulky." Male: "How do I gain mass already?"   We love to rip on stereotypes, but sometimes they’re quite accurate. In 10 years of being a fitness coach at MadLab Schoo ...
Ace holds up the cupcake ceremoniously. He takes his first bite which, in his little two-year-old mouth, is mostly just blue frosting. His eyes light up and he starts dancing from side-to-side. The table of adoring family erupts in laughter. He continues ...
There still seems to be a lot of confusion these days between the worlds of strength training and hypertrophy training, and how the two are interconnected—similar yet completely different at the same time.   A brief scan across the internet wil ...
With more and more focus on body, mind, and soul, more people are focusing on the "experience" of working out and not just the workout itself. Creating environments that make you feel happy and stress-free is important for your peace of mind and ...
Photography by J Perez Imagery of Oahu, Hawaii   The beauty that is the human neuromuscular system is so complex in both structure and function that we often forget our innate ability to command control over it. Decades of research talk about the im ...
To build a balanced, strong, injury-proof physique you need to do some unilateral training. Unilateral training is when you train one limb at a time—examples could be the pistol or Bulgarian split squats. Unilateral training helps you to maintain ev ...
My Bench Press Has Stalled It must be one of the most frequently asked questions on internet fitness forums. It’s also the most common conversation I have with every member at my gym who practices powerlifting. The conversation starts something like ...