Author: Karen Smith

Handstand Training: Fun Progressions to Build Stability and Strength
Oftentimes, people rush to lift heavy loads — sometimes too-heavy loads! — without thinking about spending time building their stabilizers. It's important to strengthen your joints in static positions before adding heavy loads or a higher volume of ballistic movements...
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Beyond Mastery: Kettlebell Flow Workout
Kettlebells are popping up in more and more gyms and local stores, and of course, you really can't miss them all over the internet and on social media these days. We see the good, the bad, and all too often,...
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Regressing and Progressing 4 Basic Movements
It often seems like everyone is looking for the quick fix or the magic pill for instant results. As coaches, it’s our duty to educate our clients and steer them away from this kind of instant-gratification mentality, focusing instead on...
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2 Bodyweight Workouts You Can Do When Life Gets Busy
Whether it’s summer break or the holiday season, certain times of the year bring more travel, or at the very least take us out of our everyday routines with outings, celebrations, and out of town guests — and for many of...
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BRAGG: 5 Tips for a Deadlift to Brag About
One of the most important keys to developing a stronger barbell deadlift is your setup. Without a good setup, not only are increasing your risk for injury, you’re also not fully tapping into your strength potential. A solid setup includes...
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5 Best Bodyweight Butt-Building Exercises
While there’s certainly a lot to love about heavy lifting, there are times when going heavy (or lifting any weights at all) might not be possible: You’re traveling and there’s limited equipment at the hotel gym, or you can’t even...
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How Women Can Master One-Arm Push-Ups
I can’t tell you how often I hear women say they can’t do push-ups. What’s more, I continue to see trainers instructing female clients to perform “girl push-ups” with their knees on the floor. “Girl push-ups.” This term gets me...
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Unlock The Power of The Kettlebell Clean
If your training goals include developing explosive hip power and core strength, mastering the kettlebell clean is a must. This skill is often overlooked in most training programs, or treated as a transition movement to the rack position in preparation...
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Can You Get Strong Doing Bodyweight Exercises?
There’s no denying that bodyweight training is an effective training approach for improving conditioning and endurance, but when the goal is to improve strength, most people don’t think bodyweight training can deliver results. It’s understandable you're feeling a little skeptical and...
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