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Women’s Health: Seeing Muscle Definition

Women’s Health: Seeing Muscle Definition

So earlier in the week, I was quoted on Women’s Health (my first appearance) with Lee Boyce (a colleague of mine and fellow fitness writer/trainer from Toronto) in a short article on how long it takes to see muscle definition. Link here: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/muscle-definition I was asked several questions about the topic and the author took ..read more..

Top 6 Articles of 2013

Top 6 Articles of 2013

Well, I did not blog or write as much this year as I did in 2012 a) because I spent most of my time writing my master’s thesis and b) because I started personal training full time (since being in school) in June. But I did reach a few really awesome milestones though. I passed ..read more..

Top 5 Bodybuilding Rules You’re Not Breaking

Top 5 Bodybuilding Rules You’re Not Breaking

Some bodybuilding rules are meant to be broken. Apply these five rule breakers to your training and take your muscular development to the next level! 1) Only do functional exercises (free weight, multi-joint)   “Functional training” is a buzzword as of late that is scaring people away from tried and true bodybuilding methods and turning ..read more..

Top 5 Reasons You’re Not Seeing Results in the Gym

Top 5 Reasons You’re Not Seeing Results in the Gym

Below is a guest blog post from a good friend of mine and fellow colleague, Chad Landers. After over 20 years in the personal training business, I’ve come to realize that many people still have problems achieving their personal fitness goals. While this is good for my business, the vast majority of people will be ..read more..

Strategic Exercise Pairing for More Size

Strategic Exercise Pairing for More Size

In most beginner exercise textbooks, it’s common to prescribe multi-joint movements (e.g. squats, bench press, deadlifts, etc.) at the start of your workout, and follow with isolation-type exercises (e.g. biceps curls, leg curls, triceps extensions, etc.). However, in the 1960s, Arthur Jones suggested the opposite (an isolation exercise performed immediately before a compound exercise) and ..read more..

5 Tips on Getting a Badass Physique

5 Tips on Getting a Badass Physique

*this post first appeared on my friend Travis Stoetzel’s blog. I normally get asked how to build muscle and burn fat; rightfully so, as most dudes I see training in community gyms don’t have a clue. Most guys want a rippin’ 6-pack, cannon-ball delts and to be stronger than their old man but are all ..read more..

10 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Workouts

10 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Workouts

Long-term success in the gym isn’t difficult to achieve if you follow standard, tried and true training principles and couple it with adequate dedication, consistency, and recovery. However, if you look around any gym, you’ll see tons of guys looking exactly the same as they did last year. A lack of results or stalled progress ..read more..

57 Biceps Curl Variations

57 Biceps Curl Variations

I’m going to tell you something the “functional fitness” crowd doesn’t want you to hear. If you do biceps curls or triceps extensions, your arms will grow. I know, I know…not functional what so ever and a waste of time, right? The “functional fitness” folk will tell you rows, chin ups, bench presses and overhead ..read more..

5x5x5: High Frequency Training for more Strength

5x5x5: High Frequency Training for more Strength

It’s time for a new program. I like to change my program every once and awhile, but I make sure I give the program enough of a chance to see how my body reacts and adapts. If I like the program, I’ll stick with it for a few more phases (usually 4-8 weeks). I’ve been ..read more..

Pumping Iron

Pumping Iron

Some people focus on getting lean in the new year while others try to put on size. Let’s chat a bit about putting on slabs of chiselled muscle shall we :) The only way you’re gonna put on size, is to train hard, smart, and consistently in the gym. You gotta train like a bodybuilder, ..read more..

Deadlifts, Core Training & Bacon with Tony Gentilcore

Deadlifts, Core Training & Bacon with Tony Gentilcore

Well, when I first heard word that Tony Gentilcore was going to let me interview him for my blog, I thought it was going to be all about bacon. I was half right ;) Before we get started, Tony sent me this video of him wearing a JKConditioning Dragon Tee while pulling an easy 500-lbs. ..read more..

Triple Threat Tri-sets

Triple Threat Tri-sets

*This is a guest post by Travis Stoetzel from www.travisstoetzel.com and www.theforgedathlete.com. Travis uses hardcore aggressive methods to build lean muscular physiques in his Omaha, NE gym called The Forged Athlete Gym. His training principles are in line with mine so I thought it would be cool to get this beast of a man to write a guest ..read more..

30 Years 30 Health & Fitness Tips Part III

30 Years 30 Health & Fitness Tips Part III

Here’s part III of my 30 Years 30 Health and Fitness Tips. Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or dietician. I do not provide meal plans or claim to be a nutrition expert. I only make recommendations on what foods to eat or avoid based on past experience and my education.

30 Years 30 Health & Fitness Tips Part I

30 Years 30 Health & Fitness Tips Part I

Well, it’s hard to believe, 30 years ago I was born. I’ve been blessed with health, education and awesome family and friends. I thought it would be fitting that since I’m 30, it would be a good idea to share with you my top 30 health and fitness tips that will help you live an ..read more..

My Evolution of a Strength Coach

My Evolution of a Strength Coach

Life has no boundaries…only those you make yourself. My Dad read this out during his speech at my wedding last month. Looking back…I think I did just that. This is a little summary of my journey since 2005… I’m inspired by many things in life and one of them are great strength coaches.  When I ..read more..

Firefighter Fitness

Firefighter Fitness

Here’s a post I started a while ago but failed to get it up on JKConditioning.com until now.  It’s dedicated to current and future firefighters (FF) AKA Tactical Athletes, but also to personal trainers and strength coaches who train or want to train FFs.  (Also, it’s written very informally) The occupational demands of firefighting place ..read more..