4 Practical Tips for “Hardgainers”

The majority of the people I work with at the gym fall into one of two categories: adults trying to lose weight and high school boys trying to gain weight: more specifically, adults trying to lose fat and high school boys trying to gain muscle. Both goals are hard to achieve, and it seems to be one of those “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence” types of things. People trying to lose fat look at the people trying to gain weight with envy, and vice versa. You’ll often hear that weight loss and weight [...]

2013-02-28T14:42:24+00:00

Walking Pushup Slides: Awesome (and Brutal) Upper Body/Core Finisher

I often like to finish my workout with some sort of “finisher.” I think a lot of people go wayyy overboard with the whole finisher thing and take it too far, but I like to something brief that gets the heart rate up, partly for conditioning purposes and partly just because it’s fun. This stuff is supposed to be fun, after all. To me, the key to a good finisher is choosing something that’s safe and what Alwyn Cosgrove calls “self-limiting,” which basically means that you can’t screw it up too badly because you’’ have to stop before your form [...]

2013-02-19T13:27:16+00:00

Good Reads for the Week: 2/16/2013

Hope everyone had a good week. It’s about to get a bit better because I’ve got another good edition of Good Reads for you to peruse. First though, I just wanted to remind to please sign up for my free newsletter to the right. I haven’t done a great job promoting it, but I’m planning to start using that more to keep you updated on what I’m what to, so I’d love for you to join so we can start to build a sense of community here. Thanks. Now for the reason you came to this post: the articles. Here’s [...]

2013-02-16T11:03:50+00:00

Sliding Pushup Reach (Bottom Position)

Last week I shared a post demonstrating 1 Leg Slideouts, which is a rollout/slideout progression. I’ve gotten several messages from people that tried it out and really liked it, and it made me realize that when it comes to core training, a lot of people—especially more advanced lifters that have been training for a while—really like variety when it comes to core training because, let’s face, core training can be really boring. I’m in that same boat, and I often change up my core exercises just to keep it fresh because otherwise I’m much more inclined to skip it. With [...]

2013-02-12T10:20:09+00:00

Good Reads For the Week: 2/9/2013

Wow, the Northeast is getting hammered by this blizzard! I thought any storm named “Nemo” couldn’t possibly be that intense (seriously, what a wussy name), but boy was I wrong. I just looked outside and it looks like we’ve already got around two FEET of snow, and it’s still coming down. So basically I’m snowed it for (at least) the rest of the day. If you’re in the same boat, or even if you’re not, then this week’s Good Reads will probably be appreciated. I’ve gotten away from posting videos, but I think I’ll try doing a “Video of the [...]

2013-02-09T09:06:33+00:00

My First Speaking Gig

I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be doing my first public speaking gig at this year’s IYCA (International Youth Conditioning Association) Summit on March 15-16 in Louisville, Kentucky. It’s a great lineup of speakers, and it’s a huge honor for me to be speaking alongside them. It should be a blast, though I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous too. My topic will be on program design for large group training. If you work with bigger groups, then you know it’s a whole different ballgame than doing personal or small group training, so hopefully my talk will [...]

2013-02-05T13:17:08+00:00

Great Rollout Progression: 1 Leg Slideouts

I hope everyone had a good weekend and enjoyed the Super Bowl. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t still a little salty that the Patriots weren’t playing, but I must say it was a good game and I enjoyed watching it…especially the halftime show. Wow. Anyway, today I want to share a nice core exercise that I’ve been using a little bit in my training: 1 Leg Slideouts. Here it is in action. This is a great advanced core exercise that serves as a good progression from ab wheel rollouts. While rollouts focus more on the anterior core [...]

2013-02-04T08:26:42+00:00

Good Reads for the Week: 2/1/2013

I can’t believe it’s February already! It feels like New Year’s was last weekend. Yikes does time fly. Last week I was a day late with this list, so I’m making up for it by being a day early this time. Here’s a blog post from earlier in the week in case you missed it. Great Dumbbell Row Alternative: Perpendicular Landmine Rows I also uploaded several new videos to my You Tube channel if you want to check those out. And here’s the rest of the list. Enjoy! Slow and Steady Wins the Race by Ross Enamait (I couldn’t agree [...]

2013-02-01T23:04:35+00:00