“A Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science”

EVERYBODY should be aware of these things. A Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science Keeping these twelve points in mind will help you make educated interpretations of the information you read on a daily basis. This is especially important for information regarding fitness and nutrition. Enjoy!

Highlights from January

January was a busy month for me and I didn’t get many opportunities to work on the blog.  Between training hours, university classes, and my own lifting I’ve been writing less, but I’d like to sum up my experiences in one concise post to share what I’ve been up to. January 10th and 11th – […]

Awkward but Awesome: The Jefferson Lift

Let’s get one thing out of the way:  The vast majority of gym-goers cannot properly lift a straight metal bar placed in front of them off the floor.  This isn’t surprising since that’s not at all an easy way to pick something up. Conventional deadlifts are an advanced exercise.  Getting into a good position for […]

Get More Out of Your Training With These 7 Presses

If you can press overhead with good technique and no pain, you should be taking full advantage of that ability.  Not everyone is able to do it effectively, but it’s a safe pattern for most people.  As a general rule, if it’s difficult to place your arms overhead without pain, don’t do any type of […]

Understanding Optimal Programming

Strength and conditioning is cool because it’s pretty hard to screw up.  In other words, there are plenty of recipes for success. You see, there’s pretty much one common goal:  Get people to perform and look better while reducing the likelihood of them suffering an injury (I realize that people may have more unique goals […]

How Efficiency, Tension, and Inertia Apply to Your Training

This blog post is going to highlight some important cues that will increase the effectiveness of your lifting repetitions. Mechanical efficiency… aka masterful technique I like to think about efficiency as “making it look easy.” Your reps should be consistent, controlled, and fluid in nature. “Good form” is really just a matter of practicing positions. […]

Helpful Videos

Almost all of the blogs I’ve listed in the “Links” section of this site also have a YouTube page.  Sometimes video explanations and exercise demonstrations can be more effective than words on a screen.  Here are some of the best I’ve seen recently.   3 Common Mistakes in the Bench Press These aren’t necessarily new […]

7 Habits That Have Contributed To My Training Success

I’ve been “working out” since I was around 13 years old.  My first ever piece of equipment was a Total Gym 1700 that my parents bought and set up in the basement.  The basement was my dwelling for Xbox Live and calisthenics.  I was always down there, and therefore I used the Total Gym pretty […]

Quick Thoughts on Good Mornings

The good morning may be the best assistance exercise when it comes to improving the squat and deadlift.  It hits the posterior chain hard and forces you back to maintain a huge amount of isometric force throughout the back. To me, the more range of motion you can reach while maintaining solid form, the more […]

What You Need to Know About Your Stubborn Hamstrings

Ah, the hamstrings.  Talk about a popular muscle group. The hamstrings are important, annoying, and confusing.  If you’re reading this, you could very well feel that your hamstrings are “tight” right now.  It’s also possible that you’ve suffered some type of hamstring strain throughout your athletic career.  It’s also possible that you don’t train your […]