Myth Busting: Some Hard Truths for the Cult-like Fitness Enthusiast

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 a multitude of people ready throw hands to defend their discipline’s reputation. Warning: If you enjoy living in an echo chamber of your own fitness-related … More Myth Busting: Some Hard Truths for the Cult-like Fitness Enthusiast

Olympic Lifting Variants for Power Development

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 technical, involving multiple joints and muscle groups sequencing at varying rates of speed and different times. Additionally, reproducing the complete version of these lifts requires … More Olympic Lifting Variants for Power Development

When Exercise Selection Goes Bad

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 and despite having the resources to change their program for the positive, they just keep on treading through the sludge hoping for the best.

The Functional Training Paradox

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 around these days with little-to-no regard for the intent of the original meaning. “Functional training” is just the latest in a series of well-meaning catch-all … More The Functional Training Paradox

Jump Training for Youth Athletes: Performance & Safety Considerations

Plyometric training has been around for awhile. For the last few decades, explosive lower body efforts have been used to elicit improvements in maximal sprinting velocity in amateur and professional athletes. While this type of training is imperative for high velocity sprinting and long term athletic development in youth sports, there are some very important … More Jump Training for Youth Athletes: Performance & Safety Considerations

Take Your Nutrition Guidelines with a Grain of Salt

Decades ago, fat was the enemy. “Excess dietary fat makes you fat,” they’d say. Taken at face value this seems like pretty sound logic. These days, obesity is blamed on carbohydrates. Red meat has always been a scapegoat for heart disease. Throw sodium in the mix for heart problems. The U.S. Departments of Heath & … More Take Your Nutrition Guidelines with a Grain of Salt