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Do you and your gym buddies have scrawny little chicken nuggets for legs? Shame on you all. Leg workouts are essential and guess what? Everyone knows you’re skipping them. Maybe you need a little convincing on why exactly you should keep yourselves accountable to...
Athletic injuries are common, but too often the physical therapy world falls short for active individuals. Why should you be working on progressively loading your tissues in a rehab setting and what kinds of exercises are beneficial? Dr. Matthew Styf is a clinical...
Don’t let your starting speed be the reason why you’re late to incepting a ball, getting a steal, or losing a race. Truth be told, it’s not always the person with the fastest foot speed that gets the win, but the one with the most efficient, explosive start....
What if I told you that you could have a faster, farther and more ferocious throw by adding in a few simple exercises to your current training program? Whether you’re a pitcher, quarterback, or any other strong-armed athlete (like javelin thrower or volleyball...
All athletes deal with fatigue, but bodybuilders need to use it to their advantage as much as possible. How do you know if you’re working hard enough in the gym and hitting your growth potential? Do you even pay attention to your rest intervals? Joseph Lucero,...
The pandemic may have quieted down, but for so many athletes having easy access to a home gym is now a no-brainer. It’s just so convenient for those days when you can’t make it to your gym because life gets in the way. But there’s so much equipment out there....
Passing the Army Fitness Test is a solid standard of fitness, but you’ll have to go a step (or two) further if you actually want to be a good soldier. You need the strength of a beast, the endurance of a runner, and the resilience to withstand hours of hard work in...
The single leg squat (a.k.a. pistol squat) is a challenging, advanced movement that requires single-leg strength, stability, mobility, balance, and motor control. If you are looking to get your first pistol, or just want to continue getting better at them, here is...
Do you struggle with your warmup lifts looking like trash until you hit like 70%? Do your eyes glaze over when coach says something like, “your PVC pipe technique should look the same as your 90% technique.” Cool, it never does. Brian Chambers is the owner and head...
Mobility is hot topic, and vital for anyone spending time in the weightroom.
The ability to have full range of motion in your muscles and joints is one of the most important aspects of training. Improving your mobility can help you workout for longer, reduces joint pain, and can reduce the risk of injury.
In this guide you’ll learn more about mobility, who it impacts, why you should be focusing on it no matter what your age or training history, and how to tame common mobility hot spots from head to toe.
In this article, Mike Dewar shares a basic template on how to build an Olympic weightlifting program geared toward the beginner and intermediate lifter.
Mike covers everything from the 8 goals of an Olympic Weightlifting program, how to build your own 4 week program including full sample sessions, the 5 key variables in Olympic Weightlifting, and 30 exercises perfect for beginners.
To succeed in CrossFit, you need the ability to repeat near maximum efforts with as little rest as possible.
It’s not enough to simply have a high one rep max or a large unbroken set of muscle-ups. How many reps at 90% of your max power clean can you do in 8 minutes?
In this article, Todd Nief gives us a full breakdown of the 10 ways he helps Crossfit athletes build an unstoppable engine for competition.
We all want that golden ticket. The one-size-fits-all exercise and perfect program. You know – the one that makes us look like the Hulk as long as we follow that program to the T.
Well folks, that all sounds great. But in reality, we know there is no one-size-fits-all exercise, program, food, or supplement… PERIOD. However, coach Ryan Leibreich has a secret weapon exercise that will get us close; it has a lot of bang for its buck. It builds massive quads, big glutes, a wide back, and some awesome biceps. Exactly what every athlete needs.
Building athletic power is one of the most desired, if not the most desired, quality in athletic performance today. It’s as important for the athlete training for the sport of life as it is for a D1 high performance athlete.
The question is…how do we optimally train it?
In this article coach Joel Smith, a long-time D1 S&C coach, gives us the lowdown on creating explosive power in the weightroom. From Olympic lifting to plyometrics, this is your one-stop guide on all things athletic power.
Consider the following: pound for pound apes have double the strength of a human being.
They can also jump about 30-40% higher than top human jumpers.
How is this possible given their similar amount of muscle mass?
Our simian friends have an interesting piece of their brain and spinal cord that allows them stronger muscle contractions: less grey matter.
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