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Generally speaking, women are smaller than men. As a result, our nutritional requirements—from protein, carbs, and fats to vitamins and minerals—are often less than our male counterparts.   But not when it comes to iron: We often need mor ...
In a wave of evangelical fervor, the 18th amendment outlawed alcohol in the United States, thus initiating a disastrous 14-year experiment known as prohibition. Organized crime grew rampant, laws were blurred by inconsistent enforcement, and, despite an i ...
Ditch the I can’t get to the gym excuses because there’s no place like home.   I have young kids and can’t get away to make it to the gym. I worked late and the gym was closed. My car is getting fixed and it’s a pain in the a ...
You’re probably used to warm water when taking a shower and consistently taking a cold shower can be challenging for most people. But do you know that a cold shower provides a ton of benefits to the body? It can also improve your health in different ...
Why do you act in the ways that you act? Why did your habits come about? Are you in control of your choices?   Inarguably the final responsibility for every action rests with you. We can whine about all the temptation and social pressure, but we are ...
This past year I turned 30 and become a father of two. I’m married and in bed by 8 pm. When I drink, I never have more than a couple and when I socialize I’m interested to hear about local housing markets and the quality of a town’s scho ...
I always cringe when I hear the catch-phrase “strong is the new sexy.”   That doesn’t mean I don’t think strong is sexy. I just believe we should keep the two separate. Sexy is sexy. Strong is strong.   But more important ...
  The shoulder joint has the greatest range of motion than any other joint. It can twist and turn in more ways than it should and it's probably one that you have a love-hate relationship with. Training lifters and Crossfitters, I know that the s ...
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 thrown ou ...
  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 ...