The Most Important Physical Attribute
Strength (noun): physical power; the capacity of an object to withstand great force; the emotional/mental qualities necessary in dealing with situations that are difficult. (Taken from Google’s definition of the word).
A vague yet critical word, is what strength is. From the definition given, one … Continue reading
Lengthening That Spine
Walking, sitting, standing, deadlifting, squatting, shopping, driving, painting, reading… What do all of these activities have in common?
At first glance, it looks like there’s no common denominator amongst the entire list. Right? I mean, look at it – it’s a mish-mash of unrelated crap. However, I … Continue reading
Bench Press – Is It the Ultimate Test of Strength, or an Overrated Tradition?
If you’ve lift weights before or are on a strength program currently, chances are you’ve performed the bench press. It is quintessential “lift” of mainstream strength training. Everyone KNOWS the bench press.
The bench press is … Continue reading
Injuries That Can Occur with the Deadlift
Current Best: 255 lbs
I went in the gym this morning to get my pull-workout in, and I started it off with some deadlifts. ‘Cause, why the hell not?
My warm-up felt fine, so I went on to performing 1 set of 5 … Continue reading
Fitness for the End of the World
7am. You wake up like usual. Make your coffee, eat your bagel, and read the paper. As you walk outside to your car, you realize something’s “off”. Your neighbor is standing on his lawn, so you go up to him to see how … Continue reading
If you were to strengthen your biceps – through biceps curls, rows, chin-ups, etc. – without strengthening your triceps, what would happen? Would your elbow become injured over time? Would your flexibility diminish? Would all hell break loose? Or, would your biceps simply just be stronger than your … Continue reading
Don’t Treat the Causes… Treat the Symptoms!
…is what must be thought by doctors in this country.
If you see a doctor for any joint-related pain or injury, they’ll give their cookie-cutter solution: rest, ice, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. What’s the point of all this? It’s to suppress evil inflammation, … Continue reading
Back Rounding During Deadlift
Current Best: 235lbs
Everyone who deadlifts fears for the health of their backs. One wrong move, and POP, there goes one of your vertebral disks. That’s why extending the spine and maintaining it in a neutral position during the lift is so important. Continue reading
Are You Dealing with a Snapping ECU Tendon?
In the summer of 2009, I injured myself while lifting weights. Specifically, incorrectly performing dumbbell cleans lead me to hearing a “POP” in my wrist, which I later found out to become ECU tendon subluxation.
With ECU tendon subluxation, what happens is … Continue reading
How To Get Traps like Bane
When The Darknight Rises came out back in the summer of 2012, there was a revolution. It wasn’t a political revolution, nor was it a cultural revolution.
There was a physical revolution - a revolution of the trapezius.
That’s right, I said it.
This … Continue reading