In today’s fast-paced world, sometimes more seems better. Because of the online access to videos and tutorials on exercises and drills, this kind of thinking has made its way into strength and conditioning programming. More conditioning, more reps, taller box, more drills, and more plyos. This couldn’t be further from the truth and, while the other excesses … More Jumping for Sports Performance
Those of you who read the articles on this site and talk to me in public might know I have a small distaste for CrossFit. You might be asking why I’m so hard on CrossFit, which by all rights has a stranglehold on the fitness industry these days. For those of you who don’t get … More A Non-CrossFit Coach’s Thoughts on CrossFit
There’s a lot of anecdotal evidence that people experiencing any symptoms of back pain shouldn’t deadlift. Arguments for and against are numerous which begs the question: do you even need to deadlift?
Sometimes training can be downright boring. Doing the same thing week after week with only subtle changes to the routine can be mind-numbing. Oftentimes, this boredom can lead to program ADD.
All else being equal, the stronger, faster athlete will always win. This concept holds true for virtually every level of every team sport… and a few singles sports as well. Knowing this, why do coaches and trainers constantly place their athletes in unstable environments and expect them to get stronger?
For those not in the “know”, GPP Stands for General Physical Preparedness. The operative word here is “general.” We’ve talked at length about the differences between general & specific programming as well as the differences between exercise & training. While training specifically for a specific outcome/ adaptation will yield specific results, there is something to be … More The Best GPP Strength Exercises
If there’s one thing that CrossFit, P90-X, and various recent fitness trends have done well, it’s reminding a lot of people that yielding positive results from a fitness program is well… hard. It’s supposed to be because for the most part, that’s the way everything works in life. Sure some people win the lottery, cashing … More Exercise vs. Training: Differences and Considerations
Youth sports have exploded over the last 2o years. With greater accessibility to live streaming sports, kids are getting more exposure to all collegiate sports. Kids are dreaming of college athletics at a much earlier age than I was when I played youth sports. With more kids chasing a singular goal, new premiums are placed on skills, playing … More 7 Simple Strategies for Building the Complete Youth Athlete
It’s that time of year again. The time where everyone tells themselves that “this year will be different.” You promise yourself that you’ll take care of your body, that you’ll eat better, that you’ll exercise and be more physically active. Public big box gyms get flooded every January with people that have this same goal. … More How to Approach Your New Year’s Fitness Resolutions
There’s always debate about which has the better training effect: bilateral training or unilateral. In other words, is working with both legs/arms better than working with just one limb at a time? The answer you get depends on who you talk to. Let’s see what science tells us then draw conclusions from there.