I have a new Ultimate Sandbag Complex for you to try this week. This week’s workout uses a 30kg Burly Ultimate Sandbag. Here are the complex details: 1. Staggered Clean 2. Staggered Front Loaded Squat 3. Staggered Good Morning 4. Staggered High Pull Perform 5 reps of each exercise per side. Perform 5 total sets ..read more..
Last weekend, I was fortunate to attend the DVRT (Dynamic Variable Resistance Training) Level 1 and Level 2 certification hosted by Josh Henkin, a strength coach from Scottsdale, AZ and creator of the Ultimate Sandbag. I knew this course was more than just about “a bag of sand” but didn’t expect to see so many ..read more..
One of the first movement patterns that I teach my clients and athletes is the hip hinge. It’s one of the fundamental movement patterns you’ll use for most of your lower body training. For example, the Romanian Deadlift and Stiff Leg Deadlift utilize the hip hinge pattern to bow forward. The Russian style kettlebell swing ..read more..
One of the many perks of being a Mizuno Brand Ambassador is getting the latest gear. For me, I love trying out their new shoes. A couple years ago, I was lucky enough to test drive the new Mizuno Wave Universe, a racing flat that only weighted 3.8 oz. Prior to making the transition to ..read more..
If you are new to the fitness industry or have been around the block a few times like I have, I’m sure you’ve heard the Japanese name “Tabata” being used just as often as the words “set”, “rep” or “interval.” This Japanese last name has become famous (almost legendary) and is commonly used as a ..read more..
*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..
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..
Going to the gym and throwing around some iron is actually pretty easy. Most gym-goers have a general idea of what a pushup looks like or how to use the leg press machine, but what’s lacking, is the knowledge in deciding what exercise choice makes the most sense. Choosing the best exercise based on your ..read more..
Olympic lifting (the clean and jerk and the snatch) are valuable training methods for increasing full body power. The ability to recruit high-threshold motor units or type II muscle fibers (fast twitch fibers) means you’ll be able to produce more force in a shorter amount of time, be able to sprint and accelerate faster and ..read more..
It’s been a long time coming and I’m kicking myself for not doing this earlier, but I’m finally starting to film more Youtube videos. I’ve done a few in the past but I’ve never really spoke into the camera. So, here’s my first installment in helping you kick more ass in the gym and in ..read more..
A study was published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research today by Smith et al. (ahead of print) titled: Crossfit-based High Intensity Power Training Improves Maximal Aerobic Fitness and Body Composition. Here’s the Pubmed link and the Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a crossfit-based high intensity power ..read more..
Yeah, you read that right. I’m sick of the fitness industry. It’s full of elitists who think their shit doesn’t stink… …and that it’s okay to make fun of people who don’t know what they’re doing in the gym. But, do you know what the ironic thing is? Some of these people they’re making fun ..read more..
If you’ve been in the running world long enough, you’ve surely heard how important core training is for running efficiently and how it can help keep your injuries at bay. There isn’t a shortage of plank videos on YouTube geared towards helping runners, but the problem arises when runners think that by doing planks, they’re ..read more..
If you haven’t heard about it already, there is a hierarchy to losing fat. Some training methods are more effective than others; however, they will not make much difference if you’re still eating like you did when you were 15. You can actually lose fat without exercising by only making dietary changes. Your rate of ..read more..
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..
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..
Depending on where you workout, some of the more modern, up to date gyms (no, not with fancy machines and cardio equipment with TVs) might have more options for you with regards to resistance training. In addition to traditional barbells, dumbbells and medicine balls, other pieces of equipment are available to help you in your ..read more..
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..
Believe it or not, not every athlete wants to build massive muscles. Think about wrestlers, MMA fighters, gymnists or athletes who use their own body weight as their primary resistance, they need the strength, but the additional bulk can be a hindering than helpful. What’s important to consider is that strength is not solely a ..read more..
What runner doesn’t hate getting injured? Knee pain, heel pain or even low back pain can put a damper on any runner’s training. Usually though, the site of pain is not the source of the injury. Think about it like this. You have a door rubbing in a door frame on the handle side (opposite the ..read more..
Last year when I moved east for school, I had to drop many of my regular clients (I’m so sorry!). I directed them to a select number of trainers and also to a couple of fitness websites – one of them being www.myomytv.com – home to Marianne Kane, a passionate fitness trainer, blogger and one ..read more..
Over 6.5 years ago, I was told to read an article called Feel Better for 10 Bucks. It was written by two young strength coaches (at the time) that you might have heard of – some guy named Cressey and the other, Robertson. This article opened my eyes to something I had never heard of ..read more..
If you recall, I wrote a guest post for the Greatist back in the summer about the importance of GPP-type workouts. Twice a week, along with my regular “gym” sessions, I like to incorporate what I like to call Dragon Training. As you might know, I sell a t-shirt known as the JKC Dragon Tee, ..read more..