Taking a Step Back

Last night by friend Scott Hansen wrote a blog post called 20 Effortless Ways to Make Your Life Awesome-er. I thought I’d share it here because I liked a lot of the things he listed and it made me think. You’ll have to read the list for yourself (don’t worry, it’s very short), but some of them really resonated with me. Some of the things were about training, while some were just about life in general. My favorites were 2, 4, 8, 9, 13, 15, 16, 17, 19, and 20. So yea, half the freakin’ list :) Sometimes I think [...]

2012-05-31T06:20:14+00:00

Sternum Plank Chin-ups

Today I want to share with you what just might be my favorite chin-up variation: Sternum Plank Chins. Truth be told, I could make an argument for a lot of different variations my favorite. As long as I’m chinning, I’m happy. But this one is sweet. Before I get into why I like it, I’ll show you what I’m talking about. Basically, it’s a chin-up where you keep your body completely straight but lean back as you pull yourself up. Like so. I really like sternum chins. Why? There are a lot of reasons, but the biggest is that they [...]

2012-05-28T06:53:03+00:00

Good Reads For the Week: 5/26/2012

I hope everyone had a good week and is gearing up for a fun weekend ahead. I’m actually on my way out the door right now so I’ll just get right to sharing this week’s list of good reads for you to peruse when you get some time. Here are some posts you may have missed during the week. How to Teach the Squat by Todd Bumgardner Great Cable Row Alternative: Seated Barbell Band Rows And here are some great articles. Enjoy! 20 Of the Smartest Fitness Trainers You Might Not Know by Roger Lawson The Paradoxical Commandments by Mike [...]

2012-05-26T10:10:27+00:00

How To Teach The Squat

This weekend Todd Bumgardner sent me an advanced copy of his new Supreme Strength program which he put together with John Gaglione. I spent some time reading it over and really liked what I read, so I asked Todd if he would write a guest blog. He really went above and beyond with this one. It’s pretty lengthy so I’ll just stop blabbing and turn it over to Todd. Enjoy! How to Teach the Squat Unlikely as it may seem, the squat pattern is a fundamental movement that precedes walking in human movement development. It’s hugely important for developing sound [...]

2012-05-22T13:43:21+00:00

Great Cable Row Alternative: Seated Barbell Band Rows

I hope everyone had a nice weekend. Here in the Northeast it was sunny for about the first time in six years (only a slight exaggeration) so it was great to get outside a little bit. On Saturday, I went home to get some of my warm-weather clothes and came across one of my old costumes: cut-off flannel shirt and jorts (jean shorts). To say I was excited to find it would be a massive understatement. Can you blame me? I’m not sure if I’ll break it in the gym any time soon, but if I do, expect big things. [...]

2012-05-21T08:24:37+00:00

Good Reads For the Week: 5/19/2012

Another week is in the books, and that means another installment of Good Reads. I’ve got a busy weekend and I’ve got to run so I’ll cut right to the chase. Here are some posts you may have missed during the week. Deep Squat Landmines Random Thoughts For Your Viewing Pleasure: Take 82 Next up, I had an article come out on T-Nation on Thursday called 9 Training Strategies For Knee Pain. Check it out. And now, the best of the rest. Defining Success by Mike Robertson The 10 Things Fitness Magazines Won’t Tell You by Adam Bornstein Behind the [...]

2012-05-19T06:38:47+00:00

Deep Squat Landmines

Today I want to share a cool core exercise that I’ve been toying around with and really diggin’. As you already know if you read my blog with any regularity, I’m not terribly creative when it comes to naming stuff, so I called it pretty much exactly what it is: deep squat landmines. As you can probably figure out, it’s just a landmine done in the bottom of a squat. Before I talk about why I like it, I’ll show you what it looks like so we can be on the same page. Now for why I like it. Basically, [...]

2012-05-17T17:43:54+00:00

Random Monday: Back to Golf, Dumbbell Floor Presses, and Some Questions For You

I hope everyone had a good weekend. I actually had a great one. Here are a few random thoughts to start the week. 1. Getting the Golf Itch Again I got to spend yesterday morning with my mom for Mother’s Day, which was awesome as usual. The older I get and the busier I get, the more I enjoy and appreciate family time. We went to breakfast (the absolute best breakfast place in the world, by the way) and then went to the driving range to hit golf balls. I hadn’t hit balls since last summer when I tried to [...]

2012-05-14T06:56:56+00:00

Good Reads: 5/12/2012

It’s the weekend again already, and that means another installment of Good Reads. Here are some posts you may have missed during the week. Two Advanced Glute/Hamstring Exercises Training Update For Your Viewing Pleasure: Take 81 Good Reads (from last week, in case you missed it then) And here are the best of the rest. Enjoy! […]

2012-05-12T06:17:37+00:00