A two-month-long eating and drinking frenzy can do havoc to a waist line.    The silliest season is upon us, and while we could blame our weight gain on the time of year, the reality is that it is our thinking and the choices that we make ...
“Check out our new 30-day detox!” “Sign up for the 90-day paleo challenge!” “Get ready for bikini weather with our 45-day beach booty diet!”   Most every gym, website, and self-proclaimed Facebook fitness ...
From the same newspaper (and author, Gina Kolata) who told you exercise has no impact on bone health comes a new claim: obesity is the result of environment and genetics, your personal choices don’t matter, and the only effective treatment fo ...
Focusing on movement efficiency should be a primary aim of any well-constructed strength and conditioning program. Moving well requires a combination of mobility (flexibility and range of motion within the joints) and stability (motor control and postur ...
This programs is designed for an intermediate-advanced level weightlifter. It is high volume and builds to higher intensity in week four. It should not be attempted by those with a back squat 1RM that is less than 120% of their best clean and jerk, o ...
This strength cycle should help you prioritize overall squat, pull and press strength. The final week will be a test week of sorts, some lifts you will be allowed to max, others you will be given a set rep number to achieve at heavier weight.   If yo ...
Functional this, functional that... The word has overrun my social media feeds, and is the subject of countless articles across reputable and not so reputable websites. To be 100% honest, it does my head in. Why? Because half (and that’s being gen ...
In a previous article, I summarized the current state of scientific knowledge regarding individual carbohydrate tolerance. There is exciting, emerging research in this area, but from a clinician's point of view, it is already clear that differing am ...
Tempo training is common for upper body and core movements, but is often neglected for lower body exercises. Why should you use tempo training for your legs? It all starts with the hips. The perfect squat is about as rare as the perfect running stride. Ab ...
It is easy to motivate or help someone who already values being healthy, moving well, and moving often. But what if they aren’t? The fitness industry primarily markets to people who are already active and value the importance of a healthy lifestyle. ...
In an industry that is all about three-dimensional, "functional" movement aimed at achieving maximum crossover to movement quality and performance, have we actually forgotten that fixed-resistance machines still have some value?   This isn& ...
“The professional does not permit himself to become hidebound with one incarnation, however comfortable or successful. Like a transmigrating soul, he shucks his outworn body and dons a new one. He continues his journey.”    -S ...
Have you ever wondered what successful leaders in the work world have in common? What helps them inspire the people they lead and guide their teams toward successful and meaningful professional outcomes?   Researcher Carol R. Himelhoch professes she ...
Coaching and big egos are synonymous. Aside from actors and musicians, I am hard-pressed to think of another group of professionals who think as highly of themselves as we do. It’s equal parts laughable and sad.   Thanks to social media and the ...
My athletes are my world. It is my job to make them strong and fast, but on a fundamental level, I also care about them as people. I might not be able to reach each one of them, but it won’t be from a lack of trying. I know many of you aren’t ...
I love teaching. I love learning. And I love learning about teaching and learning. As coaches, we should constantly be figuring out how to improve the effectiveness of our teaching through auditory, visual, and kinaesthetic approa ...
Knowledge is nothing without application. As coaches we know this, and hear it often. But I still see an “application gap” in the fitness industry when it comes to continued professional development (CPD). Not a knowledge gap, but an applicati ...