Your biggest obstacle is you. … More The Fairness of Fitness
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 producing any movement — but it did go off the rails for awhile. First, it was all about the abs. Recently, it’s become about weird … More Stability or Mobility? Some Spinal Considerations
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
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.
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
There are a lot of sayings and phrases in this world that are meant to be positive and motivational. In the fitness world, they exist solely to lift your spirits when you’re down and keep you pressing forward when you feel like quitting. However, there’s a few that just aren’t worth the time and breath … More 10 Fitness Sayings That Need to Go Away
Instagram coaches and fitness marketers have taken to all platforms of social media to tout how easy it is to “get ripped in 21 days” or to be “built like an athlete in time for summer.” It all sounds so easy. Too easy, in fact. So, what’s the actual cost of looking that good?
When you think about fitness TV, one show immediately comes to mind: The Biggest Loser. For those not in the know, it is a reality show competition that allows dangerously obese competitors the chance to turn their life around by gaining a better quality of life through weight loss. Sounds great, right? While there is … More The Good & Bad of Fitness TV
There’s a lot of anecdotal evidence that people experiencing any symptoms of back pain shouldn’t deadlift. Arguments for and against are numerous which begs the question: do you even need to deadlift?
Sometimes training can be downright boring. Doing the same thing week after week with only subtle changes to the routine can be mind-numbing. Oftentimes, this boredom can lead to program ADD.