Strength & Conditioning | MAX SHANK Training Programs
October 20, 2017
Max Juggling and Hanging

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
Max Crawling for Healthy Shoulders

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 […]
July 14, 2017
Thoracic Bridge

Supercharge Your Training with “Strength Primers”

Did you know that you can amplify your strength during your workouts? Are you aware that a couple of simple movements done before your heavy lifts can allow you to lift more weight, and help reduce the risk of injury at the same time? This is a tool I’ve been using with great success for many […]
June 1, 2017
Pec Tear Injury

How to Tear 25 Guys Pecs in 10 days

During the CrossFit Games this year, over 25 MEN (and counting) have torn their pecs. Injuries really suck—and sometimes they can’t be predicted or avoided. But sometimes they can. Today I’d like to share with you the real reason that people are tearing things and breaking themselves at such a high rate. It all comes down […]
May 13, 2017
Kettlebell Hip Hinge Prep

NEVER Swing a Kettlebell Until You Do THIS

Kettlebell Swings are an extremely powerful exercise for improving athleticism, posture, strength, and building a better butt. Unfortunately they are also extremely dangerous…IF your body isn’t properly prepared for the task. Far too many people jump right into kettlebell swings without proper preparation, hurt their back, and say kettlebells hurt them. It was not the kettlebell’s […]