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Before you start any fitness program or commit to a new way of eating, you have to really look at how you’ve been living and why you have been living that way. You can’t just turn the dial to awesomeness and expect change to follow. We are pul ...
As a former college rower, it’s hard to stop myself from getting in there and coaching anyone I see at the gym rowing with uncharacteristic technique.   Technique aside for a moment, though, because an even bigger deficiency I witness on a dail ...
“He who has a 'why' can bear almost any 'how.'" - Nietzsche   Back in the 1800s, Nietzsche understood how pivotal the question of ‘why’ is to the human experience.   These days though, in the age of instan ...
All you need to train is your body. Mastery of that one machine makes the world a playground and almost certainly ensures a life of physical vigor. Bodyweight movement is the best because it is:   Cheap (you need $0 of equipment) Adaptable (you can ...
Be honest now. When it comes to your training, how much time do you spend working on your wrists?   There’s a good chance the answer is, "Not at all."   Most of us don’t think much about warming up or strengthening our wris ...
“I made brownies! Here have one.”   “Oh, they smell so good! Thank you, but I had a big breakfast and I’m still full.” (A white lie.)   “Come on. It’s just a little brownie.”   “Really, ...
So, you’re going on vacation and are stoked about the mental and physical break from the gym.   But you also know an entire week of drinking and a lax diet, all the while not getting your heart rate up or doing a single push-up for a week, is o ...
Every gym has at least one of them (OK, more like 10 of them)—the people who want to improve a specific skill or movements so their answer is to practice that skill every single day.   I have a client—bless her heart—who was frustra ...
Coaching cues have been a way to treat living, breathing people as machines. To cause someone to move a particular way, we’re taught to give them a specific set of commands to get a reliable outcome. But the scrape is that people are not machines an ...
Let me tell you about a character. A character you’ll find many times over in different independent gyms. This person is passionate, not only about their training but the idea of it. The type of training doesn’t matter. It could be:   Ol ...
What is your “why?”   No other question pops up in the self-improvement world quite so frequently. As all clichés that get beaten to death, there is actually a lot of value in exploring this question. The more clear we are on what ...
Just like your poor little forgotten wrists, you probably also pay very little attention to your ankles and feet, unless you have experienced a major foot injury. Yet, ankle mobility could be the number one reason your squat, well, kind of still sucks. &n ...
A real training program has to have a few attributes that make it a training program and not an exercise program. The difference is not subtle. Training should be progressive. Training should be periodized. Training should be goal-oriented and outcome-bas ...
Occasionally, I pop my head out of my cave to examine where the average level of insight among the general public is in regards to strength and conditioning. I’m not as pessimistic as many of my contemporaries who look for things to be angry about t ...
Whether your neck pain stems from a car accident or other acute injury, a lifetime of bad posture, sleeping on your stomach with a giant pillow, or sitting at a computer with your head tilted forward for hours each day, in my 10 years of coaching I have d ...
I’m suffocating. Somehow air will not fill my lungs. With each gasping attempt at swallowing oxygen it seems less enters. I have this strap wrapped around, no rather a boulder with its enormous size slowly compressing my chest as it collapses under ...
What if I told you that you could retain or even gain more muscle mass and strength with less training? The secret lies in your nutrition.   As a personal trainer, most of my clients exhibit similar behavior: they train hard, but they don’t giv ...