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
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
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
Those of you who read the articles on this site and talk to me in public might know I have a small distaste for CrossFit. You might be asking why I’m so hard on CrossFit, which by all rights has a stranglehold on the fitness industry these days. For those of you who don’t get … More A Non-CrossFit Coach’s Thoughts on CrossFit
If there’s one thing that CrossFit, P90-X, and various recent fitness trends have done well, it’s reminding a lot of people that yielding positive results from a fitness program is well… hard. It’s supposed to be because for the most part, that’s the way everything works in life. Sure some people win the lottery, cashing … More Exercise vs. Training: Differences and Considerations
Aaron Runner, November 7, 2016 Ever watched a fitness infomercial and felt a renewed motivation to improve yourself? We all have. It’s the emotional goal of the sales process to make you think you need something. The problem is that the people feeding you the fitness products on these programs don’t care whether you actually … More Debunking 8 Common Fitness Myths
As the quality of athletics increases through better coaching, an increase in programs and facilities, and widespread access to online content, there has been an increased demand for sport-specific training to assist athletic growth. At this point, there’s no question as to the benefits of supplementary training and it’s importance in reaching the next level. … More General vs. Specific: What is Sport-Specific Training?