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Best training tool

The BEST Training Tool (and it only costs $4)

There’s a lot of sizzle and no steak these days in fitness equipment, but I have seen the light! It’s called…a 2×4. Yes, the best training tool of all time has been hiding in plain sight in the lumber section […]


Elbow Pain

3 Mobility Moves for Healthy Elbows

Elbow pain and “tendonitis” can quickly derail your plans for having a strong and healthy body. Many people are quick to diagnose any elbow problem as tendonitis and give the simple advice of REST. This is not bad advice, per […]


A Brief History of Humankind

Better Every Day Book Club: Sapiens

Reading (or listening to) a book is not enough to make a significant impact in your life. Two things have to happen concurrently. 1) It needs to speak to you using language that resonates with you 2) You need to […]


Build Muscle and Strength…with Mobility?

When it comes to Health and Athleticism, it seems that professionals really narrow their scope. This is natural of course–just like how a neurosurgeon should only be doing brain surgery and a podiatrist should secretly worship deal only with feet and ankles. […]


Enhance Your Fitness by Adding More Yin to Your Yang

I was speaking with a close friend the other day after Jiu Jitsu class–he was asking me for advice on how to improve his overall athleticism and health. This isn’t always an easy question, so I asked him a few of […]


Max Shank Top Mobility Drills

3 Mobility Drills Everyone Should Be Doing

Since the inception of #5minuteflow I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback. Many people all over the world are feeling better than ever, simply because they are making the commitment to dedicate 5 minutes of each morning to their orthopedic […]


Man Lunges

Lunges Are Not For Sissies

During a course early in my training career I heard the phrase “Lunges are for sissies.” 21 year old Max was like, “Hell yeah! Let’s go do squats and deadlifts!” The rest of the people in attendance repeated the mantra, […]


prevent common injuries

3 Ways to Prevent Common Injuries for Lifters

We all want to be healthy and strong, so we exercise. Unfortunately, for many of us, those plans are derailed before the train can really leave the station. Injuries and stiffness take us off the path to strength and health. […]


exercise not punishment

Why I Don’t Keep a Training Log

There is a current obsession with quantifying our fitness–and this is one of the saddest parts of a subject that is very dear to my heart. I love helping people get healthier, stronger, and better. You want to get better […]