Strength & Conditioning | MAX SHANK Training Programs
February 26, 2014
1-arm backbend performance

Fitness, Health, and Performance

What is the primary goal of exercise? What is the primary objective to training at all? The answer is that it depends entirely on the individual. However, most of us will fall into the health category. This would include anyone who is not a professional athlete getting paid for their level of performance. Fitness and health […]
February 7, 2014

Load-Bearing Strength

You don’t need a complicated program to get strong and powerful. You don’t even need a lot of time. Give me an hour a few days a week and I can give you the formula for a rock solid foundation… provided you bring some work ethic, of course. I love gymnastics movements for building upper body […]
February 3, 2014

A Shift in the Exercise Paradigm

The goal of exercise is, of course, to get better. So why is it that many coaches and exercisers are still attempting to destroy themselves in the gym? Is it for some strange form of penance? A change is long overdue. Old style Pain=Progress Discomfort=progress tired, sweating, vomiting=fat loss, more progress The pump. The burn. Soreness. […]
October 24, 2013

Arm Bars and Hammer Throws

As you all know by now, I love athletically driven activities. From wakeboarding to ping pong and highland games to jiu jitsu, I love to do it all. Not only that but I am a highly competitive person. One problem is that there are only a fixed number of hours in the day, and only so […]
September 24, 2013

Top 5 Articles of 2013

It’s been a hell of a great year for me so far. Traveled to Sweden, Italy, and Germany to teach. Secured a spot writing for T-Nation. Launched the new website, and got invited to the Light Weight World Championships in Highland Games (headed there in November!)  Enjoy my Top 5 most popular articles as indicated by […]
September 20, 2013

The 80% Rule

I feel fortunate to have gone through many different phases of training. Bodybuilding, Crossfit, HIT, running, kettlebells, etc. Each phase has taught me different lessons about training, good and bad… Currently, I have many students taking group classes at my facility and it is important to give them simple instructions to achieve their goals in the […]
September 19, 2013

3 sets of 10…Strike that, reverse it

The most common workout plan involves 3 sets of 10 reps of each exercise. This comes from various bodybuilding resources from many years ago. According to this plan, 3 sets of 10 reps is the “sweet spot” for muscle growth and fitness. Huh? I always find it comical how the design of our bodies can be […]
April 13, 2013

Slaying the Beast

The 48kg Kettlebell, referred to as “The Beast,” is massive iron ball that few athletes in the world have truly mastered. To press the Beast overhead with one arm is considered a high level of upper body strength for an average to large sized man. My goal was a bit loftier: To press a pair of […]