Helping Your Squat: Buttwink and Opening up the hips

< This is me having a boring week in my office cause its Winter Break and most of the kids are gone. Thanks to the fact that I can now video myself, I am able to give myself much better feedback and act in a better capacity as my own coach. There is nothing truer than a slowmo video to show you were stuff is going wrong. I don't look in the mirror while I train, as its not … [Read more...]

Principles: A Bit of Psych

We discussed this in class last week, and the whole time I was relating it to training, so I thought I'd get it off my mind by sharing it with you. Any Psych student will recognize what I am talking about instantly, and actually, I would say anyone with common sense. But sometimes having to read it makes things click more. I know it does for me. But I am a little slow … [Read more...]

Exercise Investment For the Home; Get it Right

Sometimes I feel like there is nothing new left to say. All the best research has been written, all the best training techniques analyzed, all the best principles discovered and yet so many people are still lost. I don't get overwhelmed by the mountains of knowledge yet to discover (that brings on mindgasms), but more by the question; what will I bring to the table as another … [Read more...]

Shoulders. That’s the title.

What do you mean thats not what you are aiming for??? :D How to get strong shoulders is a common question. Shoulders, like knees are joints that get put under alot of undue stress because of  enthusiasm to exercise. Especially for men who start hitting the upper body with heavy weights without understanding the role of the shoulder and how to protect it by letting the bigger … [Read more...]

Get your butt into your bench

Hitting a bench press PR today, inspired me to post about benching. Just about EVERY guy I know of who tries to lift weights for the first time will bench press. I m not going to get into the pro's and con's of benching. Its a great upper body exercise when done right, and a staple of strength training. One thing I have noticed is how much positioning and the lower body is … [Read more...]

Give Yourself Less Choice

I have recently been reading alot of Martin Berkhan's blog leangains.com. I must say his wealth of information, experience and deeply researched posts make me realize how much I don't know yet. One post that hit home was about why fitness coaches/trainers often don't follow their own advice or why they are sometimes not as organized and accomplished in their personal physical … [Read more...]

Mind before the body

"Fitness--sound mind in a sound body--is ultimately the result of a mental state. Inconceivably simple. So simple, so attainable, in fact, that some people ironically feel ashamed and undeserving of it. They instead rationalize that it must be difficult and thus more satisfying to their ego that they suffer a long and hard path to acquire it. But fitness is more like a child or … [Read more...]

“You can’t run to get fit, you need to be fit to run.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QrlPmK4B94 Physiotherapist Diane Lee said that. Treadmills are bad for running. The fear in their eyes. The gasp. "But, but, but....(insert long list of reasons based on bs here)". That's what you get for suggesting that treadmills are not the fat burning, athlete producing machines we love to think they are. Most workout "machines" are … [Read more...]