Strength & Conditioning | MAX SHANK Training Programs
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 […]
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 […]
September 30, 2016

Better Every Day Book Club: Extreme Ownership

I’ve owned a gym for 7 years. And I’ve been a bad leader for a lot of that time. Sometimes you read a book and the words are like little daggers that cut right down to the core. For me, that’s what Extreme Ownership did. I give it my strongest recommendation. We will all have the […]
September 9, 2016
take care of the little guys

Take Care of the Little Guys

Let’s talk about two areas of your body that: Are often neglected Can cause havoc throughout your body Can supercharge your strength, flexibility, and health if trained properly These two areas are your hands and feet. And unfortunately, they are getting weaker and weaker across the board. Our hands are pathetically weak compared to the hardware […]
August 27, 2016

5 Isometrics You Should Be Able To Do

Isometrics are a commonly misunderstood aspect of Strength and Conditioning. If applied appropriately, they can be very beneficial. The exercises I’ve chosen today address building strength, muscle activation, and conditioning the tissue to stress. Plus, they cover 5 key patterns that I think you’re getting familiar with by now: Core, Upper Push, Upper Pull, Lower Pull/Hinge, Lower Push (delivered in that order below) […]
August 11, 2016

Kettlebells and your Butt

In 2007 I took a 2-hour course on how to use kettlebells. At this course they took a video of the participants. This video shows, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that I had absolutely no access to my glutes whatsoever–let alone a proper hip hinge. Having now taught thousands of people how to do a kettlebell […]