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January 13, 2017
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 be at a point in your life where you are ready to receive that message. The […]
December 19, 2016

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. The problem comes when these professionals believe that one attribute is superior or inferior to other […]
December 2, 2016

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 my own to clarify the situation and come up with a more useful response. “How many […]
November 17, 2016
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 well-being. Even still, many people have asked for more direction, and maybe the most common question […]
November 10, 2016
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, and the damage to the poor lunge was done. Time for this misinformation to die. Why […]
November 3, 2016
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. An injury can be cause by a variety of different factors, but the most common is […]
October 28, 2016

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 and I want to learn how to make that happen. But there’s the Catch-22 – how […]
October 21, 2016

Are Backbends Bad for You?

Backbend. Full Wheel. Bridge. Upward Facing Bow. You saw someone do it on Instagram, now you’re gonna try. Not so fast, Sparky. Whatever you want to call it, the backbend is a fantastic exercise–IF you do the work to prepare for it. The main problem lies at the end of the previous sentence. Most people think […]
October 14, 2016
Dangerous workout

The Popular Workout that Destroys Your Health

The latest trend to hit the fitness industry is an extremely low calorie diet coupled with high intensity cardiovascular exercise at a rapidly growing gym chain. This popular workout destroys your health. The Diet First let’s take a look at their diet plan, which food quality-wise is pretty good. Lots of chicken, tuna, and kale chips, […]
October 7, 2016

Train Your Front Butt

This year I saw a talk given by Dr. David Tiberio in which he referenced the “front butt.” This front butt is essentially the hip flexors, adductors, and internal rotators (basically all the opposites of the butt muscles we all know and train). The essence of the talk was that if you don’t train the front […]