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Articles: Strength Training

When Should You Use a Weightlifting Belt?

“Weightlifting belts are for the weak!” That’s the purist and opinionated view I had developed over my four-year powerlifting journey. My first coach, Ryan, a colleague personal trainer, taught me powerlifting when I was a 43-year old newbie (I am now 47). Now, Ryan didn’t tell me that belts were for the weak — he […]

5 Important Tips for Maximum Muscle Gain

If there’s one thing I have an insatiable appetite for (other than cake, of course), it’s muscles. Getting bigger, on purpose, has become one of my greatest passions. The training is fun, the results are tangible, and pursuing maximum muscle gains has been a truly life-changing endeavor. It’s an undertaking that’s not without effort, and […]

5 Common Mistakes That Might Prevent You From Reaching Your Pull-Up Goals

The pull-up is one of my favorite exercises, and for an abundance of reasons. To state the obvious, pull-ups are tremendous for improving upper body strength, muscle definition, and lumbo-pelvic stability (the ability for the body to maintain proper support around the lower spine and pelvis during movement), as a pull-up executed to perfection essentially […]

What You Need to Know to Get Started With Powerlifting

Powerlifting — images featuring well-muscled men wearing singlets, sniffing nose tork and clapping their chalk-covered hands together as they stalk up to the bar might pop into your head just from reading the word. If that’s you, I totally understand. Many people who are new to powerlifting — who have felt the first spark of […]

5 Advanced Squat Variations You Haven’t Tried

Squatting is one of the main fundamental movement patterns. In the gym, performing bilateral and unilateral squatting exercises strengthens and develops the quads, hamstrings, glutes, and the muscles of the anterior core. Many daily activities and sports-specific movements also involve squatting with either one or two legs. Many lifters, at least when they are more […]

Thinking of Setting Up a Home Gym?

We’re all trying to do our very best in our busy lives. For some of us, the gym is a haven of sorts, a place where we get to focus wholly on ourselves. However, for many, simply getting to the gym — nevermind actually working out! — is mired by complicated logistics. From simple and minimalist […]

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 is important to strengthen your joints in static positions prior to adding heavy loads or a higher volume of ballistic movements for which your joints are not ready. I prefer to approach my […]

Why Chasing Strength Matters

Physical strength is one component of fitness that has a profound effect on many other areas of life. You’ve probably read blog posts or articles about how strength translates into the mental and emotional aspects of life, as well as performance in work, play, and other areas. While it’s true that having some level of […]

A Targeted Circuit for Strong Glutes

The glutes — comprised of the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus — are the largest muscle in our bodies. In my opinion, this means they definitely deserve some special attention. Targeted glute work is my jam! I could tell you I love training glutes because of the benefits that having strong glutes provide […]

Find Your Balance

Every day is a balancing act, literally! No, really. You balance every single day, even when walking on flat surfaces. It’s very easy to take it for granted because it’s such an automatic part of life for most of us. While this kind of “balancing” is pretty second-nature, improving overall balance fundamentals offers great benefits. […]

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