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Articles: Strength Training

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. […]

Myths Wrecking Your Squat Technique

Squatting is both an exercise and a basic human movement. Whether you like squats or not, you probably do it multiple times every day. Odds are nobody has told you that your knees can’t go past your toes as you sit down on the toilet, but try that in the gym in front of certain […]

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 the importance of safe and effective movements that will help them reach their goals. There’s […]

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