Good Reads For the Week: 9/29/2012

Time for another awesome list of fitness reads from the past week. I’ve got to go get my car fixed (bummer!) so I’m going to cut the chit-chat and just spill it. Here’s a post you may have missed during the week. Simple Tip For Increased Productivity And here is a new article I had published on T-Nation. Cool Rowing Movements Now for the best of the rest. Enjoy! 3 Keys to a Successful Fitness Website by Mike Robertson Interview with Dan John Man Skills: 9 Skills to Elevate Your Manliness by Max Shank Weird Exercise For Building a Strong [...]


Simple Tip For Increased Productivity

This weekend I had a conversation with someone who has been trying to start a blog but has had trouble posting consistently because he finds that writing posts just takes so darn long and it always seems to fall to the wayside when life gets busy. So he was basically asking me how to write more efficiently. Unfortunately I didn’t have any profound advice, but I thought I’d share my number one tip that I gave him because I think it’s something we all struggle with from time to time, not just with writing, but with all sorts of tasks [...]


Good Reads For the Week: 9/22/2012

Yo yo yo. Hope you had a good week and are gearing up for a big weekend ahead. I’m sure you have some cool plans, but make a little time to read some of these articles I’ve compiled together because there’s a lot of good stuff here. Before I get to the list, I want to remind the aspiring fitness writers out there that How to Get Published: Writing Domination in the Fitness Industry by Lou Shuler, Sean Hyson, and John Romaniello is currently 50 dollars off through this weekend before the price goes back up, so if it’s something [...]


New Trap Bar Deadlift Personal Best

This week I trap bar deadlifted 600x3. I’ve wanted to pull 600 for a long time, and based on some of my prior lifts and my other numbers I was very confident I could do it, but it’s one thing to think you can do it and another thing entirely to actually do it. So, I did it. Was this the smartest thing to do? No, and I will be the very first to admit it. But it’s something I wanted to do so I gave it a rip. I pulled 600 once before but used questionable form, so here [...]


4 Brutal Backside Exercises

For the past few months I’ve been using a higher frequency approach to training my lower body, and more specifically, my posterior chain. In the past I’ve usually followed an upper/lower split where the lower body gets worked twice a week, but now I’m doing a little something for my lower body in each workout, which is 3-5 times a week (usually four). To adjust for the increased frequency, I’m doing less work in each workout (usually just one exercise, sometimes two), though the overall workload is still slightly more than when I train lower body twice a week. I’ve [...]


Cool Resource For Aspiring Fitness Writers

I get a lot of questions from aspiring writers about how to build up a popular blog and get your work published on popular websites and magazines. I appreciate these questions and I do my best to answer them to the best of my ability, but the truth is, I’m not the best guy to ask about that kind of stuff. I work hard and try to do the best job I can with it, but I’m still pretty new at it and I’m still flying by the seat of my pants and figuring it out as I go. I [...]


Good Reads for the Week: 9/15/2012

Well, it’s Saturday, and that means it’s time for another edition of Good Reads. I’ve got yet another awesome list for you, so get comfy and get ready to get smaht. Here are a few blog posts you may have missed during the week. Snatch Grip Single Leg RDLs Experiences of a Strength and Conditioning Intern by Anthony Iannarino I also had a new article go up on T-Nation. I had a lot of fun writing this one, and I’d love to hear your thoughts. My Favorite Exercises: Muscle by Muscle Now for the rest of the list. Enjoy! Interview [...]


Snatch Grip Single Leg RDLs

Today’s post is going to be quick but I wanted to share an exercise that I’ve been using that you might be interested in trying for yourself: the snatch grip single leg RDL. It’s really just a single leg RDL with a wide grip, nothing special. Very effective, though. Here’s what it looks like in action. Using a snatch grip puts more stress on the upper back, traps, and grip, allowing you to get more bang for your buck while you hammer your posterior chain. You can’t hold as must weight with a snatch grip as you can a regular [...]


Experiences of a Strength and Conditioning Intern

Today’s blog is a guest post from Anthony Iannarino. Anthony is currently a student at the University of Dayton studying exercise physiology. He did the summer internship at Mike Bike Strength and Conditioning this summer and did a really nice job. Throughout the summer he did a series of writings sharing his experiences from the internship and things he learned along the way. I thought it was really good stuff, so I want to share with y’all. If you’ve read my blog with any regularity, then you know I’m a big proponent of doing an internship if you’re looking to [...]


Good Reads For the Week: 9/8/2012

Hey everyone. I hope you had a great week. Things here were good. We started up the fall session, and so far, so good. I also got back into training hard after only working out twice in 18 days. I’ve almost trained 3-4 days a week, but I’m going to try lifting five days a week and see how that goes. This was the first week and I look forward to seeing how it goes. So far so good, but man am I am sore. I’ve been thinking about using my newsletter as a place to update my training, so [...]