Good Reads For the Week: 6/30/2012

I’ve got a great reading list for you this weekend. I’m on my way out the door so I won’t bore you with chit-chat, but here it is. I wrote an article for T-Nation called This Is How I Train where I shared how and why I train, what I eat, etc. I’m asked that sort of stuff a lot here on my blog so hopefully some of you find this article to be helpful in answering those questions. Next, here are a few posts you may have missed during the week. Listen Up Ladies! Landmine Single Leg RDLs And [...]


Listen Up Ladies!

Last week I made a post called Look Like Barbie, Lift Like Ken that talked about my client Megan Graham as she prepared for Miss Bikini Universe, where she ultimately took 3rd place. Today the Boston Herald ran an awesome article talking about her awesome combination of beauty and strength. It talked about her exercise regimen and even mentioned the big weights she lifts. I’m very happy for Megan because she’s a great girl and has worked extremely hard, and I also think it’s a great message to be sending to women about the importance of building strength. Megan is [...]


Landmine Single Leg RDLs

Today I want to share a new way I’ve been doing single leg RDLs using an Extreme Core Trainer (similar to the Landmine). Since I’m not very creative when it comes to naming stuff, I call it the Landmine Single Leg RDL. I know, brilliant. Anyway, here is what it looks like in action. I’ve been using this variation for about a month and I really it so far because it allows you to reap the benefits of offset contralateral loading while being more comfortable and offering more loading potential than holding a single heavy dumbbell. I do like holding [...]


Good Reads For the Week: 6/23/2012

Time for another edition of Good Reads. Here are two posts you may have missed during the week. Look Like Barbie, Lift Like Ken Resisted Valslide Leg Curls Now for the rest. 2012 Buyer’s Guide by Sean Hyson. This is really cool. Sean took a ton of time to summarize and evaluate a lot of the most popular training and diet programs out there. I’ve been reading through this and I think it’s a cool resource to have. Plus, it’s completely free. Can’t beat that. Sagittal Plane First by Mike Robertson. I really like Mike’s posts, and this is another [...]


Resisted Valslide Leg Curls

Today’s blog post will be short and to the point because I only have a few minutes to write and post it. I’ve written more recently about how I’ve been using a lot of Valslide leg curls in my training, and the more I do them and play around with them, the more I’m really liking them. The tricky part is finding ways to progress them. With that in mind, here are two things you can do. First, you can put a chain (or something similar) over your hips. Like this. Loading in this fashion increases the challenge for the [...]


Look Like Barbie, Lift Like Ken

This past weekend my client Megan Graham took 3rd place in Miss Bikini Universe. She did a fantastic job, and I am very proud of her. As great as she looked in the competition, pictures don’t tell the whole story. Of course I’m proud that she did so well, but I’m even more proud of all the hard work she put into the preparation. That’s the stuff you don’t see in pictures. Megan came to me about 12 weeks ago on a referral from my friend Bret Contreras. She had her sights set high on competing in Miss Bikini Universe [...]


Good Reads For The Week: 6/16/2012

It’s the weekend already, and that means it’s time for another edition of Good Reads. Last week I tried singling out five or so of the top reads for the week and that seemed to be appreciated by a lot of you, so I’ll do that again. Remember, it’s always hard to best pick the best out when all the options are good. Anyone, before I get into it, here is a blog post you may have missed during the week. Mastering the Single Leg Hip Thrust And now for the list. What 15 Top Experts Are Doing Differently This [...]


Online Training Available

I want to let you all know that I have several online coaching spots that have opened up over the last month as my clients have finished their programs, and as such, I'm opening in back up to take a few new clients. Right now, I'm going to open four more spaces: two starting as early as next weekend, and two starting the week after that. After those four slots are filled, that's it until another slot opens up. I really don't like turning people away and at some point I may expand the numbers a bit, but for now, [...]


Mastering the Single Leg Hip Thrust

The single leg hip thrust has been a mainstay in my training for the past few months. I really like it because it’s a great back-friendly, knee-friendly exercise to work the posterior chain. It’s not easy though, and people often struggle to get the hang of it in the beginning, so I thought I’d throw out a few ideas on how to improve it that have helped me. The first step is mastering the bilateral glute bridge and then the bilateral hip thrust. Start with just your bodyweight and make sure you’re feeling it in your glutes and not the [...]


Good Reads For the Week: 6/9/2012

Hope everyone had a good week. It’s time for another round of Good Reads. First off, here are a few posts you may have missed during the week. Alternating Single Leg Hip Thrusts For Your Viewing Pleasure: Take 83 Now, I’m going to do something a little different this week. Last weekend I was talking to Bruce Kelly and Ray McCarthy at the Perform Better Summit and they were telling me that the love these weekly posts but that there’s just too much stuff to make it through on a weekly basis, and I can certainly appreciate that. Ray suggested [...]