Bridge Rollouts for the Glutes and Hamstrings

Last week I introduced several advanced leg curl variations to challenge the glutes and hamstrings using Valslides and/or a stability ball. All of the feedback I’ve received thus far about these exercises has been positive, so I wanted to show you a few more that are similar yet slightly different. Like the exercises in the previous butt, they don’t require a lot of fancy equipment, making them great options when you’re at home or traveling and don’t have access to a gym. Make no mistake though: they’ll both kick your butt…literally. And your hamstrings. The first one is what I [...]

2012-04-30T05:45:31+00:00

Good Reads: 4/28/2012

Are you ready for another awesome list of great fitness articles and podcasts from the past week? Cool, that’s exactly what I’ve got. First off, here are some posts you may have missed during the week. Advanced Leg Curl Progressions For Your Viewing Pleasure Take 79 A Closer Look Into Where I Work I also had a new article go up on T-Nation called Single Leg Training Put To the Test. You can check it out here. Ok, now for the best of the rest. Enjoy! […]

2012-04-28T07:35:52+00:00

Awesome Fitness Videos For Your Viewing Pleasure: Take 79

I’ve got another great compilation of videos for you today. Before I begin, I want to remind you to check out Mike Boyle’s Functional Strength Coach 4 that I wrote about in my last post. When I made that post, I didn’t realize that if you purchase the DVDs by the end of Friday (i.e. tomorrow), you get access to a “no holds barred” live question and answer with Mike. If you’ve never witnessed Mike speak before, it’ll be an experience for sure. When he says “no holds barred,” he means it. You can check it out here. Moving on [...]

2012-04-26T05:34:47+00:00

A Closer Look Into Where I Work

Probably the biggest perk of working at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning (MBSC) is the chance to learn from Mike on a daily basis. Mike is ridiculously smart, but even more importantly, he has tons of coaching experience with people from all walks of life. There are a lot of smart people out there, but there aren’t many that have been training people for as long as Mike has. I honestly probably read more than anyone I know, but there are some things (ok, a lot of things) that you just can’t learn from books, and there’s just no substitute [...]

2012-04-24T08:48:58+00:00

Advanced Leg Curl Progressions

I’m a big fan of Valslide leg curls and stability ball leg curls. You might be laughing, but I’m deadly serious. I don’t see many people (especially guys) doing them, and I have to think it’s because: a) You don’t hear much about them, so they tend to fly under the radar. b) They seem wimpy and easy, so people may think they aren’t worth the time. I absolutely think they’re worth the time. They give you a great bang for your buck because your glutes have to fire isometrically while the hamstrings perform a closed chain leg curl. Plus, [...]

2012-04-23T07:44:52+00:00

Good Reads: 4/21/2012

Time for another installment of Good Reads. I’ve got another great list so get comfy and get reading! Here are some of my posts you may have missed during the week. Knee Update, and Reverse Sled Drags Single Leg Eccentric Barbell Glute Bridges For Your Viewing Pleasure: Take 78 And here are the best of the rest. Enjoy! A Strength and Conditioning History Lesson by Mike Boyle The Myth of Corrective Work by Mike Robertson The Pitfalls of Progressive Overload by Bret Contreras Training Clarity: One Goal at a Time by Dan John Top 10 Exercises For Building Muscle by [...]

2012-04-21T06:01:08+00:00

Awesome Fitness Videos For Your Viewing Pleasure: Take 78

I’m a bit late getting this video compilation posted this week, but better late than never right? Since it’s a little late, I made up for it by putting together a completely kick-ass list if I do say so myself. The first video is actually a new product about core training from Eric Cressey and Mike Reinold, appropriately called Functional Stability Training for the Core. I spent some time going over it this weekend, and as I expected, it’s really good stuff. You often see me post stuff from both Eric and Mike on my blog because they continually pump [...]

2012-04-19T10:27:41+00:00

Knee Update: Good News, and Reverse Sled Drags

I’m actually excited to write this post because this is really the first bit of good news I’ve had regarding my knee since my surgery in December. Up until a few weeks ago, the rehab seemed to be coming along painfully slow, both literally and figuratively. I had a follow up MRI that showed there’s still a bunch of not-so-good stuff going on in there, and it’s definitely going to be a longer rehab process than I bargained for. That’s the bad news. The good news is that in the past couple weeks, it really seems to be moving in [...]

2012-04-17T21:35:44+00:00

Single Leg Eccentric Barbell Glute Bridges

Today’s post will be short, but I just want to share a great glute exercise that I think you’ll really like: single leg eccentric barbell glute bridges. Here’s what it looks like in action. This one has two potential applications in your program. 1. I’d consider these to be a good progression to try after you’ve mastered bilateral glute bridges but might not quite be ready for single leg glute bridges, which I also really like and actually wrote about here. You’re getting some eccentric work on one leg, but you’re able to reset between reps so it isn’t quite [...]

2012-04-16T06:00:06+00:00

Good Reads: 4/14/2012

Another week is in the books, and that means it’s time for another edition of Good Reads. Speaking of which, I had a new article go up on T-Nation on Thursday showing some single leg exercise variations that you may want to try and/or add to your program. Give that a read. Otherwise, here are some posts you may have missed over the week. 4 Tips For Learning New Exercises Bottoms Up Kettlebell Pressing, Without the Kettlebells For Your Viewing Pleasure: Take 77 Good Reads (from last week) And here are the best of the rest articles and blog posts. [...]

2012-04-14T06:25:16+00:00