More Random Thoughts and Quick Hits

This week's random thoughts are all over the place. I guess that's the point though, right? Here it goes.1. New video. Continuing on the theme of extended range of motion single leg exercises, here are some reverse lunges that I did the other day with the front leg elevated. This is another great one for building single leg strength and flexibility. To read more about the benefits of using an extended range of motion, click here.2. Battling Ropes. This week I tried battling ropes for the first time as part of a conditioning circuit at the end of a workout. [...]


For Your Viewing Pleasure: Take 4

Lots of great videos this week. It is hard for me to compile this list because the whole time I am putting it together, I have to fight the urge to get up and go train. There is some seriously motivating stuff in here, as well as some great ideas for things I had never thought to try. I did not put any of my own videos in this list since it is already long enough, but if you want to check them out and subscribe to my You Tube channel, you can do so here. Thanks.Without further ado, getcha [...]


Slide Your Way to a Better Backside

The more I use the slideboard, the more I like it. Today I tried an exercise for the posterior chain called the bodycurl. It is similar to a slideboard leg curl, only rather than having your body stationary and sliding, you have your feet stationary and slide your body. It does not look like it would be very difficult, and before trying it out I admit that I was skeptical how effective it would be, but I definitely felt it a lot in my hamstrings and glutes. The cool thing about the slideboard is that your encounter resistance on both [...]


For Your Viewing Pleasure: Take 3

This was another great week of videos. There is lots of great stuff so sit back and getcha popcorn ready!Joe Hashey- Under the Bar Workout Experience. Here Joe busts out some crazy training right before speaking at an NSCA conference. This is awesome. Talk about practicing what you preach!John Alvino- Trapbar Deadlifts 405x20. High rep deadlifts are brutal. High rep deadlifts with 405 are beyond brutal. This is a combination of enormous strength and tremendous fortitude. When I watch this sort of stuff part of me wants to get right up from my computer and start training.Nick Tumminello- Body Saw [...]


More Random Thoughts and Quick Hits

My Random Thoughts and Quick Hits seemed to be a hit last week, so I have decided to continue on with it. Along with the weekly Videos of the Week, these random thoughts will probably become a consistent thing in my blog. Truth be told, my mind is pretty random so this works out well. Here it goes.1. Movies. With my new internship being six days a week and not getting home until 9pm, I have not been able to go to the movies too much recently. I am a big movie guy, so I miss it. Luckily, the last [...]


Reasons to go deep

Those of you that have followed my blog regularly know that I am a big fan of rear foot elevated split squats (RFESS). Recently, I have been using a few variations that I feel are particularly effective. Basically, in addition to elevating my back leg, I am also elevating my front leg slightly on a 4 inch aerobic step. Here is what it looks like. (Side note- This set was also a big PR for me for this exercise. I used 75 lb dumbbells and weighted vests totaling 90 lbs (maybe a little more) for a total of 240x15).The elevation [...]


For Your Viewing Pleasure: Take 2

This idea to post good videos from the past week from all across the fitness industry seemed to go over well last week, so I will continue on with it. If you have any videos that we want to share with others, or if you come across something awesome, send me the links (either by Facebook or by a comment in my blog) and I will check it out and, assuming I like it, post it up. Also, like I mentioned last week, I realize that "For Your Viewing Pleasure" is a pretty lame name for these weekly posts, so [...]


Random Thoughts and Quick Hits

This week has been a good one for me. I have a lot going on in my head and consequently, my thoughts have been a bit disjointed, so rather than make a longer post about a single topic, I have decided to drop a few quick hits instead. Some are training related, some aren't. I may delve into some of these topics in more depth in further posts, but for now here it is.1. New Video. Continuing on my string of slideboard videos, here are some resisted atomic pushups I tried the other day. I would not recommend these as [...]


How to Classify the Slideboard (Reverse) Lunge?

Today I tried slideboard lunges (or maybe I should call them reverse lunges?) for basically the first time. I say “basically” because I have done them before a few times just to get a feel for the form, but I have never really felt comfortable loading them heavy because I worried about my back leg slipping and pulling a groin muscle. Like most new things, however, there is a small adjustment period, so I now feel fine using heavier weights. I actually liked these quite a bit more than I thought I would. They are very difficult, and I had [...]


5 Simple Tips for Better Squatting

The squat has become quite controversial as of late. To some, it remains the holy grail of all exercises, while others say it is dangerous and should be avoided at all costs. I am not going to use this article to say if you should squat or not, but I will say this: if you are going to squat, make sure you do it right. The squat can be a fantastic exercise for the right person (meaning no serious pre-existing injuries), but it becomes dangerous because so many people flat-out suck at it. While it seems so simple and primitive, [...]