Two Advanced Glute/Hamstring Exercises

I’m on a posterior chain kick. Since I can’t do much knee dominant work right now, I’m doing of work for my glutes and hamstrings. As I touched on in my training update, I’m mixing lower back intensive work (i.e. deadlifts) with non-lower back intensive work (i.e bridging, sliding leg curl variations). With deadlifting variations, progression is simple: add weight. With bridging and sliding leg curl variations, however, progression isn’t quite so straightforward. Adding tons of weight to bridging exercises can be cumbersome and uncomfortable, and with leg curl variations (Valslides, stability ball, foam roller) there really isn’t a great [...]

2012-05-10T09:41:27+00:00

Training Update

I haven’t given a training/knee update in more than a month so I figure now is as good a time as any to do so since I’ve actually made some substantial changes as of late. The knee keeps feeling better as long as I don’t do anything stupid. I still can’t doing any squatting or lunging without pissing it off, but I’m able to do most hip dominant work without a problem and I’ve been crushing loads and loads of reverse sled drags to keep working the quads as much as possible without inducing pain. I’m also riding the bike [...]

2012-05-07T08:19:21+00:00

Good Reads: 5/5/2012

So it’s the weekend again, and that means it’s time for another edition of Good Reads. First off, here are a few posts you may have missed during the week. Bridge Rollouts for the Glutes and Hamstrings How and When to Modify Exercises For Your Viewing Pleasure: Take 80 Beyond that, I also did an interview with Mike Robertson. I’ve never done an interview before, so it was pretty cool. I feel very honored to have been asked, and it was a fun experience to be able to share a little but more about myself. You can find the interview [...]

2012-05-05T08:19:27+00:00

How and When to Modify Exercises

I received a question on Strengthcoach.com a few months back that I want to share because I’ve received several similar questions recently and I think my answer may be helpful. Here’s the original question: "I'm always very impressed to read Ben Bruno's articles because of his skill to modify exercises based on specific needs, goals, or just variety. I understand that a lot of this stuff comes with experience, but what tips do you have to become more creative and see these modifications better? Hopefully, Ben Bruno tunes in also here." Here's my answer: 1. A lot of the exercise [...]

2012-05-03T05:45:27+00:00

Awesome Fitness Videos For Your Viewing Pleasure: Take 80

I’ve got another awesome compilation of training videos for you this week to watch before hitting the gym. I think/hope you’re really like it. I do anyway. There are 15 videos as it stands so I won’t bore you with more of my own, but you can always find them at my You Tube page to see what I’m up to. And with that, let’s get to it. Enjoy! Kellie Davis does 315 lb. hip thrusts at a bodyweight of 130 lbs. Now that’s one strong-ass chick, literally and figuratively. Neghar Fonooni does a double kettlebell overhead press with 24 [...]

2012-05-02T05:38:53+00:00