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The Back Manifesto: Vertical Edition

Resistance training can be one of the most beneficial activities you can do to improve you body composition. As you look in the mirror over the months that you train, your body will change in ways that you couldn't imagine. But there's one big problem that people run into during there during there training......NOT training the muscles you DON'T see in the mirror. Yes, that means...

Busting the Cardio Myth

  Do you ever notice that you see the same people on the treadmill every time you go to the gym? The same people with the same goal, to lose weight. But if you pay attention, these people never really seem to change. They run and run and run and they're bodies look relatively the same as day one. So what's the problem? Are they eating too much junk? Possibly. Are they running...

Step Back Lunge

We haven't reviewed a new exercise in a while so I thought it would be a good time to introduce one of my new favorite lower body movements. Lunges are done in many different variations, but the step back lunge is one that requires not only strength, but stability, coordination and muscular endurance. When performed correctly, this lunge variation will target your hamstrings, quads and...

30 Minutes or Less

It's not always easy to find time for your workout. Whether you travel on the time for work, have children, own your own business and are busy trying to grow it, there's only so much time in one day (24 hours to be exact). So considering your lack of time, how are you suppose to juggle all of these things in your life and have time to worry about your health?!? All it takes is a little...

Making a Strength & Conditioning Graduate Assistant Part 2

  In part 2 of the Strength & Conditioning GA series, Brandon gave me a list that he called the Top Ten Moments of a Graduate Assistant. I can relate to a lot of this stuff having my own business and knowing that it's pretty much all on my shoulders. But when you love doing something so much it's hard to complain too much, even when it seems overwhelming.   Top Ten...

More Info on Early Specialization

The more I talk to parents and young athletes, the more I hear about guys wanting to specialize in sports at a young age, the thought being that concentration on one activity will help the player excel in that particular sport. I constantly stumble upon articles and research showing the disadvantages of this practice. Here is one article filled with great content explaining how overuse...

Making a Strength & Conditioning Graduate Assistant Part 1

  Today's post comes from a good friend of mine. Brandon Lee and I played football together in college and have since both gone the way of fitness. We both also got a late start in the game of strength & conditioning, which any one in the industry will tell you how imperative it is that you start early and hustle always. Given his late start, Brandon has done an outstanding...

Some Random Thoughts

I hope everyone is having a great week so far. The bulk of it is over so the weekend is just around the corner. With that being said, I've decided to put together a few random thoughts I've had throughout the week (the few that I have atleast) and topics that come up frequently in the gym. Don't be surprised if they're not all related.   1) Carb Back-loading- Yes, I have...

Early Specialization in Sports

  We've all seen it or been through it ourselves. Maybe you listen to other parents talk about it, or maybe you do it yourself. Many kids these days have gotten away from understanding how to enjoy the endeavor of sports and sportsmanship and are being taught at an early, early age that winning is EVERYTHING! Well, I hate to be the one to tell you, but 9 times out of 10 those...

Supine Weighted Hip Bridge

Today I want to show you another hip bridging variation. A couple of weeks ago I put up the single-leg hip bridge variation, which is a great exercise for those of you that have developed a good amount of hip stability. This bilateral version is a good starting point.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1qH4uzLquc&feature=plcp   Supine bridging is great for developing...