Twerk Your Way to Stronger Lifts, Stronger Abs and Pain-Free Movement

I realize that by putting “twerking” in the title of this post, I am guilty of a shameless marketing tactic (thanks Miley!), but once you watch the videos,  and see my explanation, I think you will agree with me on how appropriate it is to call the exercise I am showcasing “Rib Twerking”. This post has to do with positioning and alignment of the core NOT twerking your booty … [Read more...]

Why Your Legs Are Jacked and Your Butt is Not

  Why This Matters: Not getting the results you want from glute exercises? Here's why, along with form tips to get you on track for a better butt. [Read time: about 8 minutes]   In this era of big butts that don't lie, there's a problem. Your butt maybe isn't responding to your faithful ministrations of thrusts, squats, pulls, and deads. There … [Read more...]

Lessons in Principles From a Sprint Coach

Bret Contreras posted a guest-post by UK sprint coach Greg Potter, that was really great. Seeing as how a lot of people won’t sit through long posts, I hope he doesn’t mind me regurgitating the points that I feel resonate on a general level whether you are a coach or not. This post was chock full of “principles” and great tidbits. So I figured a condensed version of some of … [Read more...]

12 Tips From My 2012

Come on, I gotta do some kind of New Year post to keep up with every other trainer blogger. :D But seriously, here's 12 tips ranging from potentially life-changing to trivial, depending on how brilliant you feel I am. Feel free to let me know if I've totally saved your sanity somehow and/or improved your quality of life through my insightfulness. Or you can buy me … [Read more...]

Form, Fear, and the Squat Booty: A Woman’s Guide

Squats. My fave topic. I listen to and hear many frustrations when it comes to squatting. I work with people who squat in all kinds of strange ways with all kinds of weird body mechanics.  As I continue squatting and taking the time to really pay attention to what I (and they) do when squatting, what I think I do, and what I want to do, the insights keep piling up. … [Read more...]

Mini Insights: “Hey There’s My Pelvis” and Two-Part Lunges

Working with teenagers means coming up with ways to teach them that are entertaining, practical and translate into making them move the way I am envisioning. Since glute activation and hip power are a cornerstone of good performance in all strength and conditioning, we do alot of thrusting of all kinds. Bar thrusts, kettlebell swings, etc, and of course stuff that requires hip … [Read more...]

Pistol Squats and More on Squat Form

Once a week, more or less, I work on bodyweight movements and gymnastic style movements. I do pistol squats regularly, and have worked up from 2 consecutive reps per leg to 11 reps per leg. My left leg could previously barely pump out a couple reps without wobbling and wiggling and falling over several months ago after re-injuring my knee, so I am pleased with my strength … [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...]