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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 sam ...
Do you ask “strangers” on the internet about your training? Do you post videos and solicit technique advice? I bet you are even the type to follow the sheep with the ideals that suit you best. The comments that allow you to slack off or the ...
While we all try to figure out how to navigate these trying times of lockdowns and social distancing, we seem to have this weird mix of lots of time to train but a lack of options with which to utilize.   The challenges of training from home (minim ...
As I sit here writing in this cold, empty bathtub, listening to my thoughts echo off the smooth white porcelain cocoon I have built, I am reminded of warm memories from my childhood home. It was a place where my only responsibilities were to create mud ...
I am writing this piece in response to the MindBody article in the coaches-only newsletter. There were aspects of MindBody’s actions that I could understand, and agreed with many points put out in the follow-up by Breaking Muscle. Ultimately, ...
There have been plenty of challenges living for the past six years as an American in Japan. First of all, finding shoes my size is a challenge at best and damn near impossible at worst. Finding t-shirts that don’t choke me while not simultaneously ...
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 ...
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 ...