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That’s right, BCAAs (branched chain amino acids) are ranked high as one of the most commonly “incorrectly” prescribed supplement for fasting.   But have any of the bro scientists ever given you a good reason as to why you should be ...
As someone who has sustained two major back injuries early in my lifting career, I’ve become highly engaged in the current research on back pain and treatment/prevention protocols. Through this process of research and review, my position on back pai ...
You’re doing a max bench press and the barbell starts to move on a bit of a diagonal.   You can’t hide anymore. One of your arms is stronger than the other.   Left-right muscle imbalances are incredibly common, not just with your leg ...
The limitation of many dumbbell (DB) isolation exercises is the fact that the resistance profile of the exercises does not match up to the muscle’s strength curve. This is especially the case in flye patterns.   At the bottom of a DB flye your ...
Image courtesy of Bev Childress of Fort Worth, Texas   Full Disclosure: I am and will forever be appreciative for what CrossFit and Greg Glassman personally have done for my life: They instilled in me a lifelong commitment to fitness and helped me a ...
Many who begin a diet do so with the desire to improve their body composition. Unfortunately, the available data on dietary success is rather daunting, and with failure rates estimated from roughly 85-95% it’s apparent that common dietary interventi ...
There was a time GHDs (glute-ham developers) were used in 10,000 CrossFit gyms around the world—predominantly for GHD sit-ups, a movement that demands that you go into massive spinal extension before propelling yourself back up with your glutes and ...
If I surveyed 100 meatheads and asked them, “what is the best exercise for the rear delts?” 99 of them would answer “reverse flyes.”   The seated reverse flye is the most common exercise used to target the rear delts. It makes ...
Life isn’t linear. Nor is it perfectly controlled—neither are sports.   In both life and sport, we rotate, we reach, we turn, and we spin. Yet in the gym, we often focus entirely on moving linearly and in a controlled manner.   And t ...
We have all heard our training partners tell us to "get mad at the bar" when egging us on to make ever-bigger lifts. It works. Indeed, in order to get the most out of ourselves physically, we must get our state of arousal to an ideal level. But ...
No two women are alike, from their bodies to their deliveries to their recovery and subsequently the healing process. And while each person may differ, when woman feels ready to start exercising again after childbirth, the main rules will remain the ...
Welcome to Ego Lifting 101 this is your bro coach speaking. Social media never fails to astound us with the tomfoolery that demonstrates the fitness community's finest lifters. Instagram is riddled with trips to snap city on a deadlift or a demo of a ...
  Anyone who knows Erwan Le Corre knows that he is a deeply serious man and, in total contrast, a liberated family man who is unbound by conventions that most of us hang on to as to be normal. Le Corre has found a movement, MovNat, and has trained t ...
If you have ever played a sport—unless your sport was rowing—you probably appreciate the ability to move laterally, meaning the ability to effectively move sideways.   Yet our training often doesn’t reflect this. We squat, we press, ...
As an aspiring professional bodybuilder, entering the area of Chinese weightlifting in some regard is foreign. Why would a bodybuilder train two times daily for two weeks without bodybuilding training being the cornerstone of the programming?   Sure, ...
I’ll bet you’ve heard of training to failure. It’s popular in the always do more attitude that’s seeped into the strength and fitness communities. This style of training usually makes the mind wander to images of Arnold and other c ...
It is tough to figure out exactly what and how much to eat when you embark on a workout or weight loss plan. There is so much conflicting information online and so many different diets around. Having a good idea of what makes up the food we eat and how mu ...