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The gym is just like a classroom or an office—there are important rules you need to follow in order to keep everyone safe and to ensure it runs efficiently. Rules are also there to stop you from looking like a rookie in the gym who isn’t sure ...
We love to vaguely allude to values in day-to-day conversation. Values are a convenient, socially respected concept and any reference to them adds weight to our words. More than likely your company has core values plastered on the wall with lofty importan ...
The rowing machine looks simple and less intimidating than others—a machine anyone can use—and it is.   As a former university rower, I’ll admit it’s one of the easier sports to pick up, as there’s literally just one ski ...
Before I get into what tempo is good for, let’s talk about reading tempo.   “What does @3131 mean?”   Before I explain that, you need to understand the difference between the concentric and eccentric portion of a movement. &nbs ...
If you’re not making weekly progress with your training plan right now, then listen up. Chances are it has nothing to do with the exercises you’re using, or to do with how much time you’re spending in the gym. It has all to do with your ...
You ever listened to the Kenny Rogers song, The Gambler? The chorus reads:   "If you're gonna play the game, boy You gotta learn to play it right You've got to know when to hold 'em Know when to fold 'em Know when to walk away&qu ...
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 ...