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  When it comes to Leg Day, there are two muscles that get most of the attention: your quads and your hamstrings. All those Squats, Lunges, and Deadlifts hit those two muscle groups effectively.   But what about your glutes? For many people (me ...
Grip strength keeps popping up in fitness-related headlines. Why? Because it is so fundamental to daily function and it has been shown to be a clear indicator of cardiovascular health and mortality. Plus, it’s obviously cool—many classic stron ...
Sixty years after "The problem of muscle hypertrophy: a review"1 scientists at the University of Missouri decided to revisit the topic4.   Their review contrasts the attention paid in exercise programs to maximize both muscle size and ...
“Wait, the bottoms-up press is more than just a nifty trick?”   That’s right! Most athletes have attempted a bottoms-up press, but typically only for fun, novelty, or perhaps for a bet. I know almost zero athletes (outside of core k ...
Barbell Shred - Build Lean Muscle. Get Strong. Shred Body Fat.
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 ...
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 for ...
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 gener ...
The age-old desire to build a strong, well-proportioned physique is still alive and well. Yes, the average gym-goer no longer yearns to build a monstrous, freaky, eye-popping body complete with gnarly veins, huge, stumpy legs and the inability to fit into ...
Dan John has called the farmer’s walk the King of Carries1. If you combine it with the walking press, you have a perfectly paired pull/push combo that emphasizes stability in the anterior/posterior shoulder and upper back. This combination also ...
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 amou ...
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.”  -Steven Pressf ...
‘The shape of the foot conforms to that of the shoe’ -Dr. Phil Hoffman, 19051   Modern footwear is largely focused on style, rather than the function of the human foot. Choice of shoe is a hugely important task, as this determines ho ...
In an industry full of hype and conflicting information it can be difficult to figure out who and what to believe. Social media has resulted in the abundant emergence of self-proclaimed ‘gurus’, ‘experts’, and online trainers with ...
For many of us, stress is an all too familiar part of our everyday. Like needing a sugary pick-me-up at 3pm, or battling standstill traffic on the way to and from work each day; we are living a highly stressed lifestyle. Kudos to those who attempt to rele ...