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Articles: Strength Training

The Difference Between Training for Strength and Training for Hypertrophy

The goal of training for hypertrophy is to increase muscle size, and the goal of training for strength is to maximize the amount of force produced with those muscles in relation to skeletal structure. Although by definition, these two approaches to training aim to produce different results, when programmed thoughtfully, they complement each other. When […]

Why You Should Train Your Breathing for Better Movement

To perform at your highest level as an athlete, or even just to move better in your daily life, training your muscles for enhanced movement is a no-brainer. But what about your breathing? When thinking about the role breathing has in training and performance, the focus usually tends to be on oxygenation and stress management. […]

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 the following five elements, and to help you remember what they are, I’ve devised an […]

7 Low-Back-Friendly Glute Exercises

Whether your training goal is performance enhancement, fat loss, or simply feeling good while maintaining an injury-free lifestyle, there is one concept that is almost universally agreed upon amongst the experts. In order to achieve the best possible outcome, you will need to address your glutes in an intelligently programmed and strategically executed manner. A […]

How to Perform A Barbell Clean

This is the second installment in my Olympic lifting series for Girls Gone Strong and builds on some of the information from my first article on the snatch. The clean, much like the snatch, is one of the best training options available for developing strength and power. It requires a little less speed but more […]

7 Best Core Exercises For Runners

Runners, like most athletes, are a particularly dedicated bunch who prioritize getting stronger and staying injury-free. Sure, sometimes they look at me and say, “You want me to do what?” — but they are usually up for anything in our training sessions, especially if it will help safeguard them against injury and allow them to […]

Training Doesn’t Have To (And Shouldn’t) Be Miserable

Fact: I haven’t been to the gym in four weeks. I simply haven’t felt like it. Sometimes the gym really appeals to me, and other times it doesn’t. However, just because I haven’t been to the gym doesn’t mean I’ve stopped exercising; far from it. I understand and value the importance of exercise and resistance […]

How to Fit in Your Workout as a Busy Mom

Mothers are the lifeblood of most families. Whether you’re a work-at-home or work-away-from-home mom, you’re busy! To say that fitting in some exercise between doctor appointments, runny noses, homework, soccer practice and 15 loads of laundry is challenging would be a massive understatement. After eight years as a parent I’ve finally figured out that I […]

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 get to a gym for a workout. You’re on a restricted training program while you […]

4 Single-Leg Exercises You Definitely Haven’t Tried

If you’re looking to improve your overall performance, health, or aesthetics, single-leg exercises should be a key component of your workout program. Single-leg training delivers some pretty amazing benefits including: Glutes, glutes, glutes! We often hear that glutes are a product of squats and deadlifts, but really, single-leg exercises play a key role in helping […]

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