Exercise Is For the Mind Too

Wednesday night as I was going to sleep, I got a message on my phone telling me I had an e-mail. I went to my computer to check it, only to see bright lights blinking all over the screen. To make a long story short, after speaking with Dell on the phone for two hours, it was determined that my hard drive is fried. Luckily I had most of my stuf backed up, so I didn’t lose too much, but I did lose some stuff and I had to wake up at 3:30am to drive home so I could borrow [...]

2011-09-30T07:26:58+00:00

Hands-Free Front Squat

I have received several questions about front squatting in the past week that have led me to start writing an article about ways to improve it, but I’m not sure when I’ll get to finishing that so in the meantime I wanted to share something quick that I think can really help you. I picked this technique up from Mike Boyle when I started working at MBSC, and it’s been great. It’s a hands-free front squat, and it is one of the better drills I’ve found for teaching people to do the exercise correctly. The main complaint with front squats [...]

2011-09-29T05:15:35+00:00

For Your Viewing Pleasure: Take 50

I hope everyone is having a good week. Things have been going well on my end. Work is good, and my training has been picking up. I was in a little lull for a couple weeks, but it seems to getting a little better. I’m noticing that my workouts at the start of the week have been terrific but the workouts later in the week are tailing off a bit. That’s to be expected, but it’s still something to pay attention to. One thing I have learned is not to immediately jump to making drastic changes after a few mediocre [...]

2011-09-27T20:47:03+00:00

The Best Breakfast Ever

No matter how busy I get, I always try to make it a priority to see my mom once a week. She lives about an hour away, which isn’t too bad, so usually I’m able to make it happen. The older I get, the more important it is to me (I also stop by and visit my grandmother on the way home, as she lives pretty close as well). Both of us are busy though, so we can’t always hang out for as long as we’d like, but we make the best of it. It’s definitely one of the high [...]

2011-09-26T11:07:45+00:00

Good Reads for the Week

This has been a packed week for me with a lot of learning thrown into the mix. On Thursday I went into Boston to watch Sue Falsone give a lecture, and yesterday I drove down to Connecticut for an awesome seminar with Mike Robertson, Eric Cressey, Pat Rigsby, BJ Gaddour, Ryan Ketchum, Dave Schmitz, and more. It’s been a great week, but I’m looking forward to taking it a little easy today before going back to the grind mañana.  In other news, Friday marked the first official day of fall, and I’m definitely happy about that. Fall is my favorite [...]

2011-09-25T06:00:06+00:00

Get A Leg Up

I had an article come out on T-Nation yesterday called Bulgarian Split Squats. My original title had been Get a Leg Up, which I thought was pretty clever, but I guess not clever enough. Anyway, the title doesn’t matter much to me anyways. The article is about rear foot elevated split squats (more commonly referred to as Bulgarian split squats—hence the title) being used as an alternative to squatting for people that have back problems or those that just aren’t built to squat.  The comments so far have been a mixed bag. On one side, I’ve received a bunch of [...]

2011-09-23T09:46:13+00:00

For Your Viewing Pleasure: Take 49

So it’s been about a week since I started the new site, and the positive feedback has been overwhelming. I’ve still got a few kinks to work out, but for the most part it’s all systems go, full steam ahead. Please remember to sign up for my free newsletter to the right to join the community and be part of what goes on here. I’ve put together another great compilation of training videos from the past week, so I won’t waste too much time with announcements. I have some cool going on that I’d like to talk about, but I’ll [...]

2011-09-22T07:42:48+00:00

What My Current Training Looks Like

In the past week since launching my new site, I’ve been getting an influx of questions from the readers. I am flattered, and I hope to get around to answering them, but it is definitely going to take awhile. Please know that I read everything you send in, I just don’t have time to answer it all right away, but I’ll definitely do my best. In cases where I think the answers would benefit everyone, I’ll probably start posting them here publicly in the blog for all to see.  The most common question so far has been in regards to [...]

2011-09-20T17:34:25+00:00

A Few Words on Exercise Variety

I spent a little bit of time last week uploading videos from this past summer’s training. I’m not caught up by any means, but I received a comment on one of them (gotta love the You Tube critics) that got me thinking about a few things that I think are worth mentioning. The video was of supinated grip inverted rows. In a normal inverted row using suspension straps, you’d normally start with an overhand grip and supinate them during each rep, moving from internal to external rotation. The ability to do this is actually why I like doing inverted rows [...]

2011-09-19T11:40:09+00:00

Good Reads For the Week

I hope everyone had a good week and is taking some time today to relax a little bit before the roller coaster known as life starts back up tomorrow. Earlier this week when I first launched the new site, I promised that I would keep giving you the same great content that you’ve grown to expect from my old blog. In some ways, I guess I was telling the truth, but in some respect I lied, because I’d actually consider this next list to be better than usual. I came across a ton of great content this weekend, and I think [...]

2011-09-18T08:08:40+00:00