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May 5, 2017
Maximize your deadlift

How to Choose the Right Deadlift (for YOU)

The deadlift is the king of all weight training exercises. It is practical, as picking something up off of the ground is a fairly typical human skill. It’s rehabilitative, as it is the exact opposite of sitting down. It strengthens then muscles that get weak from excessive sitting. In addition, deadlifting is great for building muscle […]
April 18, 2017
Mobility equals strength

How Mobility Made Me Stronger (and how it can do the same for you)

True physical strength makes life easier and more fun. It also transforms your body into something you’d be proud to display at the beach. Unfortunately, many of us get derailed in our pursuit of strength due to injuries, stiffness, and pain. Part of the reason for this is that folks just don’t appreciate what mobility training […]
March 23, 2017
3 Simple Keys to Superior Progress

3 Simple Keys to Superior Progress

Do you find yourself making progress in your strength, mobility, speed, and health? If so, what do you feel has helped you the most? If not, why is it that you think you are struggling? Perhaps I can shed some light on the situation. I believe progress comes down to 3 simple keys. You could argue […]
March 15, 2017
Kettlebell Training

2 Secret Weapons of Kettlebell Training

Kettlebells have stood the test of time as workout tools. However, many people are still confused about which movements to focus on, and how to combine kettlebell training with other modalities. Hopefully I can help everyone out by shedding some light on the situation. Two kettlebell moves rise high above all the others—the One Arm Swing and […]
March 10, 2017
Max Up Dog

Feel Better by Mobilizing Your Joints (The Right Way)

Stiff, achy, or painful joints and muscles can be the nail in the coffin for your fitness and health aspirations.   Because the goal is to have a physical body that can support any athletic endeavor you might like to pursue, we need to lay out a solid foundation. That foundation is going to come in […]
March 2, 2017
Chair Cons

F#@& YOU CHAIR

Dear Chair, Fuck you. Sincerely, -All of us. The Chair is a Slow and Silent Killer Is it fair to say that “sitting is the new smoking?” That’s probably an over-generalization, and a bit of a stretch. Is sitting making the # of years we live and the quality of those years decrease? Yes, definitely. Many […]
February 10, 2017
Max Sprinting

The BEST exercise for Lower Body Power

True athletic power is a major advantage in every part of life, whether you are a competitive athlete or not. Power is the pinnacle of athletic qualities. First let’s define what power actually is… Power = work/time The key here is how much work over how much time. If the amount of work is the same, […]
February 3, 2017
Max hug swiss ball

Babies, Bathwater, and Swiss Balls

Getting “set in our ways” is an easy path and one that limits our potential. Fortunately, over the past 10 years, I’ve had the pleasure of changing my mind about a great many things in the fitness industry. The lesson for this week is to let effectiveness, and fun, be our guide to long-term success when […]
January 27, 2017
At home 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 of your local hardware store. Before you laugh and click out, listen to my rationale for […]
January 20, 2017
Mobility Drills for Tennis Elbow

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 se–because you should definitely not aggravate an inflamed elbow. If you continue to push through elbow […]