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
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
Have you been stuck in a rut for awhile? Maxes not going up? Body fat loss remaining stagnant? Chances are your endurance sucks. Try this total body complex that crushes … Continue Reading Plateau Crusher: The Total Body Barbell Complex
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 … Continue Reading The Truth About Boring Training
All else being equal, the stronger, faster athlete will always win. This concept holds true for virtually every level of every team sport… and a few singles sports as well. … Continue Reading Stable Environments Yield the Best Strength Gains
For those not in the “know”, GPP Stands for General Physical Preparedness. The operative word here is “general.” We’ve talked at length about the differences between general & specific programming as … Continue Reading The Best GPP Strength Exercises
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 … Continue Reading Exercise vs. Training: Differences and Considerations
There’s always debate about which has the better training effect: bilateral training or unilateral. In other words, is working with both legs/arms better than working with just one limb at … Continue Reading Bilateral Training vs. Unilateral Training: Which is Better?
Are you finding it hard to replicate the meteoric rise in your bench, squat, or deadlift? Take charge of your lifeless program with an adjustment to load, sets, reps, and … Continue Reading Make Big Gains with EMOM Training
The squat is one of the big 3 powerlifting measures in competition and the standard by which all lower body strength training programs are measured. In other words, if you can’t … Continue Reading How to Build a Bigger Squat
There have been many conflicting articles and reports in media about what constitutes core strength & stability and whether or not it correlates to sports and fitness performance. On more … Continue Reading Is Core Strength & Stability Really Related to Performance?