Exercise of the Week

The exercise of the week this time is not really an exercise at all but rather a technique that can be applied to a number of different exercises: offset loading. Offset loading can be applied to almost any lift and can take many different forms, but this week I am going to focus on how to use it specifically for contralateral single leg knee-dominant work. I am not sure where this technique originated, but I have learned about it from Mike Boyle, Eric Cressey, and Mike Robertson. It can really be applied to almost any single leg variation: lunges, step-ups, [...]

2010-11-30T19:30:00+00:00

Stuff Worth Checking Out

I got some good feedback last week on my “Stuff Worth Checking Out” post, so I guess I will continue it at least for awhile. This actually helps me out too because it gives some semblance of order to my randomness while still giving me the leeway to mix it up. So without further adieu, here is some more, uh…stuff worth checking out (I really need to come up with a better title).1. Articles. Here are 15 good reads from the past week. I want to be clear that I don’t necessarily agree with everything in each one of these [...]

2010-11-29T00:57:00+00:00

For Your Viewing Pleasure: Take 8

Yet another great week of videos. It is getting to the point where I am going to have to be more judicious in my selection just so the list isn’t too long. I guess that’s a good problem to have and I’d rather that than not have enough good stuff to choose from. Hopefully you will like what I chose this week. Sit back and getcha popcorn ready.Origins of Weightlifting. Like the title says, this is a very cool history of the roots of weightlifting. I am really interested in history because it is cool to see how things evolve [...]

2010-11-26T21:24:00+00:00

Interview with Elitefts Sponsored Athlete Michael Keck: World Record Powerlifter, Competitive Bodybuilder, and Overall Beast

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing my good friend Michael Keck. Mike and I have been friends for about three years, and in that time I have witnessed him do some pretty amazing things. There isn't a whole lot this guy can't do. He is a competitive bodybuilder and powerlifter, and his gym lifts are just out of this world. Perhaps most impressive is that fact that he recently convinced an absolute knoockout (Jen Comas) to marry him. Mike has spent a lot of time studying and experimenting with the intricacies and training and dieting so I thought he [...]

2010-11-25T11:48:00+00:00

Exercise of the Week: Wall Split Squats

This week's exercise of the week comes courtesy of Nick Tumminello. It is called Wall Split Squats and is a great variation of the more common Rear Foot Elevated Split Squat (otherwise known as the Bulgarian Split Squat). You can read what Nick has to say about it in his article Five New Exercises.The setup is the same as with a normal Rear Foot Elevated Split Squat, except rather than resting your back leg on top of a bench, you press it hard into a wall behind you, effectively activating the glutes and hamstrings on the rear leg and placing [...]

2010-11-24T03:37:00+00:00

For Your Viewing Pleasure: Take 7

Another great week of videos this week. The list just keeps getting longer and longer, so let's get right into it. I am not going to post any of my own videos this time since we already have so many, but I have put up a bunch recently and have more on the way, so please check out my You Tube channel and subscribe here or click on the red button to the right. Without further adieu, Sit back and getcha popcorn ready.Michael Keck does Suspended Hamstring Bodycurls. I talked about this exercise in a blog post last week, so [...]

2010-11-19T11:23:00+00:00

A Week’s Worth of (Atypical) Workouts

Last week was very hectic and stressful. I had some things come up that were weighing on me that I will not get into here except to say that my mind was not on my training at all. I was generally in a good mood, and things at work went well, but I just wasn’t into my training. It’s funny because normally when I become disinterested in training, it is accompanied by my body feeling very beat up and it is a signal that I need to take some time off. This time, however, my body felt good for the [...]

2010-11-18T12:59:00+00:00

Exercise of the Week

The exercise for the week this time is Blast Straps Pushups. I have been doing these consistently for about a year and half and in that time it has become one of my favorite upper body "push" exercises, if not my favorite. I started doing them originally because I had hurt my shoulder and barbell and dumbell presses were bothering me. Pushups did not hurt, but I quickly became sick of them. I bought the blast straps as a means to make pushups more difficult and less boring. The first time I tried them out was ugly; I was shaking [...]

2010-11-17T15:46:00+00:00

Monday Motivation: What’s Your Excuse?

I have mentioned it several times before in this blog that I think the single biggest key to success in the gym is consistency. Conversely, the single biggest thing preventing people from achieving their goals is excuses. Notice that I chose excuses rather than inconsistency. This was deliberate; inconsistency is a result of excuses. -I’m tired-I’m sore-I’m busy-Yada yada yadaThese are all excuses. They may very be valid at times, here is the thing about excuses; it does not matter if they are valid or not. Excuses will hold you back regardless of their validity. A good excuse will still [...]

2010-11-15T09:09:00+00:00

For Your Viewing Pleasure: Take 6

Lots of great videos this week, so let’s get right to it. Sit back and getcha popcorn ready!Standing Ab Wheel Rollouts with 80 lb weighted vest. I had done these with bodyweight a little bit but was inspired to try them weighted after watching some videos from Ross Enamait. Big difference. After doing these I understand why the ab wheel is often referred to as the “evil wheel” or the “wheel of death.”I have recorded a bunch of videos this week and have more coming, but I do not want to clog up this post. If you want to see [...]

2010-11-12T17:36:00+00:00