Strength & Conditioning | MAX SHANK Training Programs
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]