Good Reads for the Week: 10/27/2012

Well it’s the weekend already (this week flew by for some reason), so that means it’s time for another good reads. Here it goes… Here’s a blog post you may have missed from Thursday. 4 Ways to Progress the Skater Squat I also had a new article go up on T-Nation on Monday. I think you’ll find this to be helpful. Sissy Exercises That Aren’t Now for the best of the rest. Enjoy! Floor Press by Mike Robertson 10 Ways to Sustain a Training Effect by Eric Cressey Your Diet Isn’t Building Muscle by Bryan Krahn A Coach’s Primary Objective [...]


4 Ways to Progress the Skater Squat

Last week I wrote a post sharing three teaching progressions for the skater squat. A lot of you found that to be helpful, so I thought I’d follow it up this week with a few advanced progressions once you’ve mastered regular skater squats. There are a bunch of different ways to progress it, and in a later article I’ll go into more of them, but here are a few of my personal faves. 1. Deficit Skater Squats This is just a regular skater standing on a small aerobic step (I find 4 inches to be optimal) to increase the range [...]


Good Reads for the Week: 10/19/2012

Yo yo. I’m coming at you with this week’s Good Reads a day early because tomorrow I’m going to watch a powerlifting and won’t be able to post. I’ve got an awesome list for you though. Actually, I was going to try to pick out a “Top 10” list of posts, but the list was too damn long because there are so many good ones this time. I guess that’s a good problem to have. Before I get to the list though, a few announcements. 1. Tomorrow is the last day to pick up Chad Waterbury’s new HFT (High Frequency [...]


Landmine Rear Foot Elevated Split Squats

I’ve written in past about using the landmine for a variety of lower body exercises such as reverse lunges, valslide reverse lunges, and sliding single leg RDLs. Add another awesome one to the list: rear foot elevated split squats (aka. Bulgarian split squats). Here is a video of one of my 16 year old hockey players making them look insanely easy. Take my word for it though, these are really freakin’ tough. This kid is a tank, as evidenced by him crushing 210x11 (with more in the tank) a few weeks prior. The landmine is great because it allows for [...]


Great Info on High Frequency Training

I’ve written recently about how I’ve been employing higher frequency training for my posterior chain (read here), and more recently I’ve been experimenting with it for my pressing. In the past I’ve used it with pullups and squatting as well. I really like it so far, and I’ve been making some good progress as far as strength and muscle goes. At this stage I’m still in the trial and error phase, so I don’t really have it quite down yet. That being said, I think the main thing with higher frequency training is modulating the intensity so you don’t burn [...]


3 Teaching Progressions for the Skater Squat

I’m a big fan of skater squats, but they are a very difficult exercise that many people struggle to do at first. Most people can’t just jump into a full unassisted skater squat without working up to it. With that in mind, here are three great teaching progressions for building up to an unassisted skater squat that have worked particularly well for me. I order them in a way that I believe to be easiest to hardest, but everyone is different so I recommend trying all three to find which one works best for you based on your own personal [...]


Good Reads for the Week: 10/13/2012

Happy weekend folks. Time for another edition of Good Reads. It’s a great list, but first, please remember to connect with me on my new Facebook fitness page, as well as Twitter and You Tube. Here are a few blog posts you may have missed during the week. Great Simple Strength Program Wide Grip “Elbows Out” Inverted Rows 4 Great Techniques For Building Strength and Size by Chris Smith And now for the best of the rest. Enjoy! 9 Hardgainer Training Myths by Jason Ferruggia 9 Hardgainer Training Myths Part 2 by Jason Ferruggia Round Back Deadlifts by Mike Robertson [...]


Great Simple Strength Program

Those of you that follow my weekly Good Reads posts probably have seen that I regularly include Jason Ferruggia’s post right up at the top of the list on a weekly basis. That’s not a coincidence. I really like his work, and we think very similarly with most training stuff. In fact, I actually included him on my list of 2011 Blog Awards because his blog is one of my favorites. Jason is a no-bs kinda guy, and his programs reflect that. They’re very simple and there isn’t a lot of unnecessary fluff. That’s how I program, so it’s no [...]


Wide Grip “Elbows Out” Inverted Rows

If you read this blog with any regularity or follow my writings or videos then you probably already know I’m a huge fan of inverted rows. If you don’t, I’m a huge fan of inverted rows. Ok, bad joke. Anyway, today I want to share an inverted row variation I’ve been using and liking: wide grip “elbows out” rows. Just like the name suggests, it’s an inverted done with the hands set wider than normal where you keep your elbows flared out rather than tucking them in close to your sides as you would with a regular inverted rows. If [...]


4 Great Techniques for Building Strength and Size

Today’s blog is a guest post from Chris Smith. Chris first proposed this topic to me a few weeks ago, and when I saw the finished product, I was happy to run it. This article shares four techniques to build some serious strength and size (of course if you're after size, your diet must also reflect that goal too). Considering Chris is a record holding powerlifter himself, he knows a few things about getting strong. Without further adieu, I’ll turn it over to Chris. **************** How many times have you been warned not to program hop? It’s one of those [...]