CrossFit is fighting the good fight. I’ve been critical of some of their practices in the past but one has to admire their dedication to maintaining freedom in the weightroom. … Continue Reading Let’s Keep Bureaucracy Out of Fitness
Whether you realize it or not, you are always in a constant state of assessment as a lifter or an athlete. You’re always trying to lift more weight, push more … Continue Reading Why You Need to Test
You know who I’m talking about. The guy that Instas his dislocated shoulder… #inittowinit. The girl that posts her scraped up shins… #pride. Perhaps, a lot of cult-like strength and … Continue Reading Bloody Shins Aren’t a Badge of Honor
You’ve got your goals nailed down. You picked a training split that works toward those goals and meshes with your work schedule. You added some meat to your program by … Continue Reading Basic Programming, Part 3: Reps & Load Prescription
So yeah, it’s pretty badass to be able to execute a good-looking clean… especially if there’s a little weight on the bar. Likewise, putting up a pretty number on bench … Continue Reading Basic Programming, Part 2: Exercise Selection
Right now someone… somewhere… is opening up a bodybuilding mag in a foolhardy attempt to gain information. The search for information is commendable: when you don’t know what to do, … Continue Reading Basic Programming, Part 1: Training Splits
It’s one of the biggest questions people have when walking up to the dumbbell rack or loading up a bar. “How much weight should I use?” Depending on the type … Continue Reading How Heavy Should I Go?
Check your ego at the door and focus on efficient explosive jumping mechanics.
Put down the Good Housekeeping and step away from the magazine stand. You don’t want to do this.
Your biggest obstacle is you.
For a couple decades now, everyone has come down with a case of “core training” tunnel vision. It’s partly justified — a lot of force travels through the core when … Continue Reading Stability or Mobility? Some Spinal Considerations
For some reason, the deadlift is still popularly described as a squat from the floor with the main difference being how the body is loaded: pulling vs. pushing. This couldn’t … Continue Reading Perfect This Movement Pattern Before Tackling Heavy Deadlifts
There are a surprising number of well-intentioned fitness disciplines and practices that don’t actually do what you think they do. Regardless of which training style it is, there is probably … Continue Reading Myth Busting: Some Hard Truths for the Cult-like Fitness Enthusiast
Olympic weightlifting has proven time and time again to be a major developer of triple extension power necessary for high-velocity sprinting. The trouble with these lifts is that they’re highly … Continue Reading Olympic Lifting Variants for Power Development
Over time, certain habits become ingrained in human beings and become behavior, regardless of the reasons. This certainly holds true in the world of fitness. Everyone gets into a routine … Continue Reading When Exercise Selection Goes Bad
Language is a beautiful thing. In strength and conditioning, carefully-chosen words can succinctly and efficiently describe exercises, movements, training modalities, etc. I frequently mention terms and phrases that get thrown … Continue Reading The Functional Training Paradox