Good Fitness Reads for the Week: 3/17/2012

I hope everyone had a good week is getting geared up for a big weekend. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! If you have some extra and are looking to get your fitness read on, then you’ve come to the right place because I’ve got you covered. This week is a great compilation of articles and podcasts from around the fitness world to help you get mo’ smahta. Here are several posts you may have missed from the week. Trap Bar RDLs Self Myofascial and Stretching for the Lats For Your Viewing Pleasure: Take 73 And here are some articles and guest [...]


Trap Bar RDL

Today I want to share an exercise I’ve been using a lot recently in my own training: the Trap Bar RDL (Romanian deadlifts). Regular trap bar deadlifts are sort of an interesting exercise because while it’s a deadlift, and deadlifts are generally a hip dominant movement pattern, many argue that the trap bar deadlift is actually more knee dominant than traditional deadlifts, almost like a squat just with the weight in your hands. Personally, I think trap bar deadlifts should be done in a primarily hip dominant fashion (more like a deadlift than a squat), but there is definitely more [...]


Self-Myofascial Release and Stretching For the Lats

Today I want to share a few quick, easy, and effective drills you can do to perform self-myofascial release and stretch your lats. If you’re someone that does a lot of pullups, chances are you’ve experienced some gritty and sore lats at some point or another. In fact, I’m going to wager that many of you are probably dealing with it right now, even if you might not realize it. Try this: raise your left arm straight up into the air. Take the index and middle finger of your right hand and stick them directly into the center of your [...]


Awesome Fitness Videos For Your Viewing Pleasure: Take 73

I hope everyone had a great weekend and is getting ready for a great week ahead. With that in mind, hopefully I’ve done my part to make the start of your week just a little better by compiling 20 awesome fitness videos from the past week for you to watch. Get ready to be entertained, get motivated, and learn some stuff. Between this and the Good Reads post I made over the weekend, you should have enough stuff to keep you busy for a while. Enjoy! Slow tempo chin-ups. I’ve been playing around with different tempos on my chin-ups, and [...]


Good Fitness Reads For the Week: 3/10/2012

I am in a rush this morning so I’m going to skip the commentary and just share this week’s list of awesome fitness reads from the past week. Here are some posts you may have missed during the week. The Myth of In-Season “Maintenance” Training Dumbbell Floor Press with Glute Bridge For Your Viewing Pleasure: Take 72 Good Reads from last week And here are the best of the rest. Enjoy! […]


The Myth of In-Season “Maintenance” Training

When I was in high school it used to annoy me so much when adults would start sentences with “Back when I was your age, things used to be so much different…” It just sounded so lame, and it made them seem old. But alas, at the ripe old age of 26, I find myself saying it all the time to my athletes. I’ve become that guy. They probably think I’m lame too, but it’s true. Even ten years ago, things were so much different than they are today. In high school, I didn’t have a cell phone, the Ipod [...]


Dumbbell Floor Press with Glute Bridge

Today I want to share a cool exercise that combines a dumbbell floor press with a glute bridge; it’s called Dumbbell Floor Press with Glute Bridge… Brilliant! Anyway, you can probably deduce what it is from the name, so here’s what it looks like. I like combination exercises for the fact that they kill several birds with one stone, but what I don’t like about combination exercises is that they often require you to use significantly less weight than you’d otherwise be able to if you did the exercises separately. With this exercise though, you can actually use just as [...]


Awesome Fitness Videos For Your Viewing Pleasure: Take 72

I hope you all had a good weekend and are gearing up for a big week. I had a great weekend and I’m feeling good and ready to rock. Of course, it probably helps that I just put together this awesome compilation of training videos from the past week. I get a lot of motivation watching all this awesomeness, and I hope you do, too. This is actually the biggest list I’ve put together in a long time, so you’re in luck. I’ll just get to it though. I’ve also been getting around to uploading of my own videos, and [...]


Good Fitness Reads for the Week: 3/3/2012

The weekend is upon us, and that means it’s time for more good fitness reading. Here are some posts you may have missed during the week. Resistance Band Leg Workout Random Thoughts and Music Requests- Keep these coming! What We Can All Learn From My Grandmother For Your Viewing Pleasure: Take 71 And here are some great articles. It’s going to take a while to make it through everything, so you may want to break it up into spurts or else put on your most comfy clothes and get to it! Strength and Conditioning Research by Bret Contreras You Don’t [...]


Resistance Band Leg Workout

Today I want to share a quick leg “workout” using resistance bands. I put workout in quotations because it’s not exactly meant to be brutal, but it’s something I’ve been using during the rehab process for my knee when it feels balky to allow me to get some work in without pissing it off. The first exercise is Band Stomp TKEs (terminal knee extensions). Band stomps are usually considered an exercise for the hips and posterior chain, but the way I do them, it’s actually a very effective drill that works both hip extension and knee extension. In my workouts, [...]