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Comedian Bill Maher recently used his “New Rules” segment to call attention to American health, stating, “New Rule: at next Thursday’s debate, one of the candidates has to say the problem with our healthcare system is Americans e ...
When a lifter makes a technical mistake in any barbell lift, it can instantly make them weaker.   However, whereas ‘being weaker’ in the squat or the bench press could just mean having an inefficient lift and a reduced range of motion, ...
He shifts his weight, each time swaying his shoulders as to not stand square with the man standing in front of him. His eyes scan up as he speaks and catches the coach’s eye for only a second before darting away. It's as if his body has an alm ...
I was scrolling through my Instagram feed yesterday, violating my rule to not mindlessly look through social media, when I saw a familiar figure. The plates stacked on the end of the barbell collar blocked his face, but I could see the broad shoulders f ...
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 ...