Strength & Conditioning Archives | MAX SHANK
December 15, 2017
4 Travel Training strategies

4 Travel Training Tricks You Should Know

When traveling, it’s easy to completely drop the ball on our healthy routines. Fortunately, there are a few travel training strategies to make fitness on the road super simple! Strategy 1: Bodyweight training The truth is, if you have a wall and some ground, you have a LOT of possible things you can do. In fact, […]
December 1, 2017
Kinetic Chain Deadlift

Kinetic Chain Deadlifts

Sometimes the stars align and a miracle seems to happen… When I was experimenting the other day, I stumbled across an incredible discovery for the field of strength and health. You see, I was looking to teach someone how to deadlift better using some basic gymnastics ideas from Ultimate Athleticism. The Path to a Better Deadlift… […]
November 2, 2017
Max number one pull ups

THE #1 Pull-up You Should be Doing

Stick your index finger in the air and say “we’re number one!” That’s how we’re going to do pull-ups today… Many people do pull-ups completely wrong and end up hurting themselves by not balancing out the strength of their upper body muscles. Pulling movements with the same dysfunctional grip over and over again develop poor movement […]
October 20, 2017

Exercise the “Right” Way

For some people, fitness is like religion and politics: “my way is right, and you shall burn in hell forever for disagreeing with me.” Everyone believes that they are “right.” Yet, is there really a clear right and wrong way to do the whole fitness thing? Is there a wrong way to live your own life? No, […]
September 21, 2017
Core Trick using dowel

One Weird Trick to Fix the Core & Hips

Correct exercise form has nothing to do with the appearance or “shape” of the exercise. It has everything to do with the prime mover and stabilizing muscles firing both completely and sequentially—regardless of what the movement looks like. If any muscle isn’t firing properly in a coordinated fashion, something else will pick up the slack, and […]
August 31, 2017
Speed Training

The Neglected Secret of Strength

When you first decided you wanted to be stronger and more mobile, think of how you felt. You were probably feeling invigorated, confident, and determined. Maybe even a little aggressive. That burning desire probably led you to a “balls-to-the-wall” style of strength training. It probably also led you to pursue heavier weights aggressively–at the expense of […]
August 18, 2017

3 Shoulder Saving Exercises

Many people have their fitness and health goals derailed by a lack of healthy shoulder function–and being able to reverse that is a priceless talent. The prime mistake I see made, is a narrow focus. The glenohumeral joint is just one small part of healthy shoulder function, yet most people ONLY look there. The most overlooked […]
August 9, 2017

Science Says: Go Play

The human body is quite a lovely piece of equipment. I feel extremely fortunate to have one. However, I feel like this privilege is frequently abused—and for no good reason. Given the fact that you only get one body, it would stand to reason that you should take really great care of it. The best way […]
July 21, 2017

10 Year Body Challenge (Note: Longer than 4 weeks)

“Fitness” has become very fucking twisted. Somehow being healthy is synonymous with breaking your soul in the gym and eating only celery sticks for 4 weeks. Current Fitness Trends Just look at the most popular styles of training right now, they put all of their focus into three things: Calorie Burn This is fairly short-sighted, and […]