Impressive Display of Posterior Chain Strength

About a month ago I shared a video of my awesome 45 year-old supermom client Julie crushing 25 feet-elevated pushups with good form. That’s not a typo, so check out that post HERE if you haven’t watched it already. Julie is going to be taking a break from personal training for the summer, so today was her last session with me for a couple months. She’s been working really hard on stability ball leg curls, so today we decided that for the last set we’d rep out and see how many she could get (she’d already two sets prior to [...]


Awesome Upper Back and Core Exercise

Today I want to share an exercise that I really like, but I have no clue what to call it so I’m going to need your help. You essentially do hanging leg raises while holding the top the position of a chin-up. Like this. Any idea what I should call this? Chin-up Iso Hold/Hanging Leg Raise Combo? Sounds clunky, but that might work ok. Chin-up Hold Leg Raises? In any case, it’s a doozy of an exercise that I like for a bunch of reasons: - It combines two exercises—chin-up iso holds and hanging leg raises—into one, which in turn [...]


My “New” Training Playlist

I went home two weeks ago for Mother’s Day to spend time with my mom and grandma, and while I was there, I went through some of my old stuff, including some old CD’s. I came across a mix that I made in December of 2000, so I was 15 at the time. I was one of the first of my friends to have a CD burner on my desktop, so I used to make a bunch of mixes and sell them for a couple bucks. I’d also make a lot for myself. This particular mix was titled “Ski Mix [...]


Good Reads for the Week: 5/25/2103

I want to share this week’s Good Reads before everyone goes off for the long weekend. It’s actually been a busy week and I’ve been better about blogging. Here are a few posts you may have missed. Shoulder-Friendly Core Exercise My Current Training Great Injury Resource I also want to remind you that today is the last day to pick up Dean Somerset’s Post Rehab Essentials 2.0 while it’s still on sale. This is a great injury resource (see above post) so definitely check it out before the prices spikes. Read more HERE. On the video front, I uploaded five [...]


Shoulder-Friendly Core Exercise

Today I want to share a core exercise that I’ve recently started using with myself and my clients: suspension strap fallouts. Only I’m doing them with a little shoulder-friendly twist. This isn’t a new exercise by any means, but it’s one that I’ve never really done because I’ve usually gravitated towards rollout and/or bodysaw variations. The normal suspension strap fallout progression is to start with the straps around waist height and extend until your arms are straight overhead. As you improve, you lengthen the straps and extend out further, progressing until the straps almost touch the floor—which resembles the starting [...]


My Current Training

Last week I mentioned that I’d taken a week off completely from training and was making a few changes to my program. I very rarely make big changes to my training template because I’m a big believer in the adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” That being said, I’ll make small tweaks every eight or so weeks and prioritize different things: different exercises, different rep ranges, etc. So here’s my template for now. Day 1 Sliding leg curl progression (either sliding leg curls or bodycurls) Low handle trap bar deadlift Split squat iso hold finisher (weighted) I really [...]


Great Injury Resource

If you read my blog regularly then you know that I write a lot about training around injuries and finding ways to ways to make your training easier on the joints. That’s one of my biggest passions, and something I spend a lot of my time with. So when Dean Somerset sent me his new Post Rehab Essentials 2.0 product, I was very interested because that’s the stuff I love learning about. Dean did not disappoint. Post Rehab Essentials 2.0 is very good. Like the title suggests, it covers how to come back from injuries in a way that makes [...]


Good Reads for the Week: 5/18/2013

Happy weekend y’all! That means it’s time for another good reads post. First off, here’s a blog you may have missed. Two Great Training Resources on the Cheap Remember also that today is the last day to get Eric Cressey’s Show and Go program at half price, so if you’re interested in that I’d jump on it quickly before the price goes back up. Also, in that blog post I mentioned that I’m taking suggestions for blog post ideas. Some people left ideas in the comments, and I will be addressing them in future blogs, but if you have ideas, [...]


Two Great Training Resources On the Cheap

Hey everyone! Sorry I’ve been a blogging bum recently. I’ve been really busy at the gym and, well, you know how that goes… Things are going well though. I’m ok with busy, as long it’s “good” busy. Last week I was also a little under the weather and actually took a week off from training, which I hate doing, but I know that sometimes it’s necessary. It’s funny, I always seem to come back from a week off stronger, but I still resist taking weeks off. As usual, I came back stronger, and this has been a great week of [...]


Good Reads for the Week: 5/12/2013

To all the moms reading this, Happy Mother’s Day! I have an awesome day planned with my mom and grandma and it should be fun. I’m on my way out the door so I won’t blabber on much more. Here’s a blog post I wrote that you may’ve missed. Hamstring Bodycurls And here’s a nice new article I had published on T-Nation Improve Your Pull Instantly Now for the best of the rest. Enjoy! Strength Coach Podcast Episode 123 The Scary Truth About Probiotics by TC Luoma Sleep: What the Research Actually Says by Sol Orwell and Kurtis Frank 6 [...]