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Does being in the front rack position cause you to make an ugly pain face?   Does it feel like one person is breaking your wrists, while another is aggressively pinching your shoulders when you're in the front rack? Does your back suddenly tighte ...
Chances are you probably have a scar somewhere on your body. Anyone can get a scar from just about anything. Perhaps you were goofing around as a child and fell off your bike or maybe you recently took a fall down the stairs and banged yourself up pretty ...
Training comes down to stress management: it’s my job to determine how much and what kind of stress to apply, and it’s your job to get yourself ready to handle as much stress as possible.   I work as a trainer, both in person and online, ...
"I’m chasing performance, not looks," seemed to be the narrative from the Olympic weightlifting community for a while. There appeared to be no room for time spent on focused, strategic muscle building. I was a part of the community. I hear ...
In theory, we all generally embrace the idea of a safety-first motto.   But, when it comes to the reality of the gym, so many of us are tempted to say, "Eff you, safety! I want to press overhead. I want to jerk! I want to snatch!" (All the ...
What the fitness industry often forgets is that a lot of people just don’t want to workout. This is hard to swallow for a bunch of former athletes and type A’s who got into physical training because they love exercising. We want people to feel ...
We often talk about the importance of four movements: pushing, pulling, squatting, and hinging. All the while forgetting about one very important, albeit less sexy, way we move: Carrying!   Oddly, carrying is one of the most common things we do in li ...
"I want to lose weight."   That’s probably the most common reason people hire me as a fitness coach.   Many of them—arguably most of them—have tried every short-term diet in the book: The Whole30, a 6-week challenge, ...
There is a popular, “woke” narrative that the reason more people than ever are obese and in chronically poor health is a failing fitness industry—the fitness industry has failed to save us from ourselves. I’d argue that as awful as ...
The posterior chain—you’ve undoubtedly heard people waxing prolific about this topic, particularly in response to sedentary lifestyles. It’s a great buzzword to make yourself sound smart while describing a very simple concept.   The ...
Now say that three times fast! Welcome back everyone to another episode of Breaking Down Your Workout Library. Thanks to the team at Breaking Muscle, I’ve been guided to produce another breakdown of one of my favorite exercises.   The hack squa ...
I spoke to my new friend Jiang today and she informed me of something truly troubling. She felt horrible because she snatch deadlifted 100kg (220 lbs) today as her maximum instead of her programmed 140kg (308 lbs). Then I spoke to my cousin Drew today abo ...
I’ll defend percentage-based training program's efficacy for powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting until the bitter end, or when I’m muttering to myself on a park bench wearing a sleeping bag as a sport coat.   I’ve tested, to ...
Physio bands are one of my best friends in the gym. They’re great for shoulder health, great for activating my sleepy lats before a big pulling day, and even useful for building some muscular endurance through exercises like lat pulldowns and tricep ...
  Today we will be covering the strict press. In Chinese weightlifting, strict presses are completed a bit differently. As demonstrated above, the standard strict press starts from the clean position and leaves the hand slightly hyperextended. This ...
Part 1 of this series explored ways to choose new disciplines to add to your current training. Part 2 of this series addressed making a plan to help ensure your success in your new endeavors.   We’ll begin Part 3 with general recovery.   F ...
Part 1 of this series included suggestions on how to select new practices to expand on your current training regime based on your interests and capabilities, and explored ways to help you evaluate and decide:   The new method must get your attention ...