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When people begin a weight loss journey, it makes sense that they place a heavy emphasis on the number they see on the scale. It's easy to measure, it's easy to track, and it makes it very salient whether you're making progress toward the id ...
How do you know if you’re squat dominant or deadlift dominant?   It’s not an exact science—some bodies are just better designed to squat than to deadlift and vice versa—but if your back squat is more than 85 percent of your ...
  The CrossFit Open 2020 starts in October 2019. It's a new set of rules and a new look for CrossFit, and frankly, it might be a little confusing, and I have been doing the Open at all levels since 2011. So, below, you'll find my video exp ...
In the age of becoming more and more gender-neutral, I still respect biology. And biology has shown me in a decade of coaching fitness that women have a harder time gaining upper body strength than men. End. Of. Story.   Many of us females pull and ...
That’s right, BCAAs (branched chain amino acids) are ranked high as one of the most commonly “incorrectly” prescribed supplement for fasting.   But have any of the bro scientists ever given you a good reason as to why you should b ...
As someone who has sustained two major back injuries early in my lifting career, I’ve become highly engaged in the current research on back pain and treatment/prevention protocols. Through this process of research and review, my position on back p ...
You’re doing a max bench press and the barbell starts to move on a bit of a diagonal.   You can’t hide anymore. One of your arms is stronger than the other.   Left-right muscle imbalances are incredibly common, not just with your l ...
The limitation of many dumbbell (DB) isolation exercises is the fact that the resistance profile of the exercises does not match up to the muscle’s strength curve. This is especially the case in flye patterns.   At the bottom of a DB flye you ...
Image courtesy of Bev Childress of Fort Worth, Texas   Full Disclosure: I am and will forever be appreciative for what CrossFit and Greg Glassman personally have done for my life: They instilled in me a lifelong commitment to fitness and helped me ...
Many who begin a diet do so with the desire to improve their body composition. Unfortunately, the available data on dietary success is rather daunting, and with failure rates estimated from roughly 85-95% it’s apparent that common dietary interven ...
There was a time GHDs (glute-ham developers) were used in 10,000 CrossFit gyms around the world—predominantly for GHD sit-ups, a movement that demands that you go into massive spinal extension before propelling yourself back up with your glutes an ...
If I surveyed 100 meatheads and asked them, “what is the best exercise for the rear delts?” 99 of them would answer “reverse flyes.”   The seated reverse flye is the most common exercise used to target the rear delts. It mak ...
Life isn’t linear. Nor is it perfectly controlled—neither are sports.   In both life and sport, we rotate, we reach, we turn, and we spin. Yet in the gym, we often focus entirely on moving linearly and in a controlled manner.   And ...
We have all heard our training partners tell us to "get mad at the bar" when egging us on to make ever-bigger lifts. It works. Indeed, in order to get the most out of ourselves physically, we must get our state of arousal to an ideal level. Bu ...
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 th ...
Welcome to Ego Lifting 101 this is your bro coach speaking. Social media never fails to astound us with the tomfoolery that demonstrates the fitness community's finest lifters. Instagram is riddled with trips to snap city on a deadlift or a demo of ...
  Anyone who knows Erwan Le Corre knows that he is a deeply serious man and, in total contrast, a liberated family man who is unbound by conventions that most of us hang on to as to be normal. Le Corre has found a movement, MovNat, and has trained ...