Uni of Toronto SnC Summit #1 Notes: “The best training is the one that works.”

This past weekend, I attended one day of the University of Toronto's Strength and Conditioning Summit. I would have liked to go both days, but kids really only last one day on their own watching TV, and fending for their own meals from the fridge, before the trend in attitude and boredom really goes downhill, so one it was. I attended this conference last year as well, and … [Read more...]

On body awareness, body image, and the use for shame

Reading Oliver Sack’s “A Leg To Stand On” was a bit surreal for me. In it, he describes the strange and unexpected event in his life of losing his leg. Not losing it physically, but mentally. Through injury, and nerve damage his leg "went dead" to him. He experienced thinking of his leg as not his own, but as a foreign object tethered to him through an uncontrollable … [Read more...]

New Years; upload a mental virus, rather than crafting a resolution (aka a promise to yourself you don’t keep)

I like New Years celebrations, and I don't mind the ritual of New Year resolutions either, per se. But I agree that simply deciding on a new goal or action because it is "a new year" doesn't pan out well for most people. We all know the drill; the large majority of us will fail at keeping our New Years resolutions. I have a bit of a different twist on the idea of using the … [Read more...]

Hypermobility and the female Crossfitter – with Libby Wescombe

  Libby Wescombe is a Crossfitter and coach in Sydney, Australia. I teamed up with her to write this blogpost "Hypermobility and the female Crossfitter" over at her site eatercise.com.au. It contains a lot more coaching principles in relation to hypermobility and learning to lift , specifically geared to those who want to do high intensity exercise, learn to lift … [Read more...]

What I am dying to tell my clients about training…..that’s not about training

Over the past several months, I've had the pleasure of communicating and training several clients who went through stressful life changes and events. Often, training took a backseat and talking took a frontseat. I learned to listen better because of what they shared, and saw what they needed beyond just exercise prescriptions, better technique or sets and reps. There's much … [Read more...]

Fixing technique in real time; Susan Chiu

Note: All recommendations were specifically for Susan. Each one had a reason, and might not be applicable to others.  I ONLY addressed anything she needed to work on, NOT every possible tip for technique. All pics are Left>before Right>after. Big thanks to Susan for allowing me to post this.  Name: Susan Chiu Age: 20 Height: 5'6 Weight: 115-120 Date: … [Read more...]

Coaching tricks for hypermobile chicks (and guys too, of course)

Why this matters: Whether you are hypermobile, or you are a coach who may train a hypermobile client, these 4 tips are absolutely essential for building a solid foundation and preventing potential injury and frustration.  [Read time: 15-20 minutes]   I've written previously on lifting and hypermobility, as it is a topic close to my heart. In this blog post, I … [Read more...]

Should my kid lift? Part 2: Principles for developing fitness in children for sport and life

In part 1 I covered the scientific support for children participating in strength exercise. I also defined terms used to describe different categories of strength exercise such as weightlifting, powerlifting, bodybuilding, strength training, and movement categories. If you didn't read part 1, hop on over. … [Read more...]

Should my kid lift? Part 1: The science says yes

After writing several thousand words, and compiling an impressive list of resources from other coaches, I decided to make this a series. Rather than plow through everything to get to a section more relevant to you, this will break it down a bit easier. I geared this a tad more towards parents looking for help, rather than coaches, because someone who is not familiar with … [Read more...]

How I Trained in 2013: Lessons From an Intermediate Lifter

This is a summary of my training for the year of 2013. I thought it would be insightful/useful to others. Please remember that the pros and cons I list for each program are my personal ones. These are programs filtered through my experience using them and my particular strengths/weaknesses. It might be completely different for you. But as an intermediate lifter/trainee, I … [Read more...]