Training

Muscles Involved in the Bench

Muscles Involved in the Bench

When it comes to building strength, there are 2 huge, controllable factors that determine strength.  They are, in order of importance, neuromuscular coordination and muscle size.  Neuromuscular coordination is the ability of your brain, nerves, and muscles to work together efficiently to produce a movement pattern.  In everyday language we might refer to this as one’s technique or skill.  The…

Muscles Involved in the Squat

Muscles Involved in the Squat

When it comes to building strength, there are 2 huge, controllable factors that determine strength.  They are, in order of importance, neuromuscular coordination and muscle size.  Neuromuscular coordination is the ability of your brain, nerves, and muscles to work together efficiently to produce a movement pattern.  In everyday language we might refer to this as one’s technique or skill.  The…

Science vs Anecdotal Evidence

Science vs Anecdotal Evidence

Recently I was scrolling through my facebook feed, seeing posts about new PR’s, holiday meals, and excitement about the new Star Wars movie.  I came across a post from another fitness professional who is very well read and educated and whose opinion I respect.  He said: Don’t understand why lifters perform reverse grip triceps pressdowns. The triceps attaches at the…

The nuts and bolts of program design

The nuts and bolts of program design

They say a picture is worth a 1000 words.  Well, so is a good chart.  If you are looking for guidance in creating a workout program for yourself or for your clients, this chart is a great place to start.  It will ensure that you are within the key parameters discovered through exercise science to optimize your return on investment. …

Who are the experts

Who are the experts

When you look for an expert, what do you look for?  Of course they have “know their stuff” but it goes deeper than that, right?  You want someone who has “been there, done that” and also someone that explain exactly why and how it works at the same time.  When it comes to building strength and fitness we don’t just…

The Feel Good, Kick Ass Program

The Feel Good, Kick Ass Program

This program isn’t for everybody.  This program was set-up for a reasonably specific subset of the lifting population.  It was created for those that meeting the following criteria: You are older than 30 You have been training a reasonably long time (5 years for sure, 2+ decades is more common) You are more focused on fitness and less focused on…