Got Low Back Pain? Do You Have Butt Wink During Squats? Your Parents May Be Partially Liable
Back pain is one of the most common injuries in America. Anyone who doesn’t live under a rock knows this. Apparently, approximately 31 million Americans experience back pain at any given time (Jensen M et. al).
For those in the iron-game, this reality … Continue reading
Strength for Athletes, because a Weak Athlete is a Poor Athlete
Committed athletes – I’m talking high school and collegiate – do plenty to improve themselves in their respective sport. They always show up for practice. They play in the off-season leagues to stay sharp. They treat themselves with the best equipment within their budget. They eat like a horse-and-a-half.
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A History of the Back Squat and How the Squat Benefits You
Remember your first time performing the squat?
It was that awkward excursion in the weight room where you tried to squat. What really happened was that you kind of bent your knees and rounded over with a barbell on your back, and stood back up with it. It … Continue reading
Is It Possible to Transform Your Muscle Fibers Into Different Types, for the Sake of Athletics?
A week ago, I wrote an article discussing the history and benefits of the deadlift. One detail I made about the deadlift was that this exercise is important for increasing explosiveness in athletics. This was a source of obscurity … Continue reading
A History of the Deadlift and How the Deadlift Benefits You
The deadlift… a combination of hip extension, lumbar erector isometrics, static grip strength, and intestinal fortitude. Is it the king of all movements or an over-rated exercise in futility? Does this lift deserve the awesome reputation it’s been given, or will it ruin your back?
A few years ago, … Continue reading
A History of the Overhead Press vs. the Bench Press and How the Overhead Press Benefits You
The bench press has been a long-time favorite for lifters in the Western world.
According to some, your chest hair ain’t worth squat if you can’t bench more than your bodyweight for reps. Hell, this attitude is even pervasive in non-lifters. I was … Continue reading
Burn Me at the Stake, ‘Cause I Don’t Give a Crap About Running
The love-story of America and cardiovascular endurance bewilders me. The 20th century was the time to be a runner. What was so appealing about showing off one’s chicken legs in short-shorts and wearing ugly running shoes? Beats me.
I can’t lie, though. I was entranced by running … Continue reading
Destroy the Competition in MMA with a Powerful Grip
The early 90s saw the popularization of mixed martial arts with the debut of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Now known as the UFC, this organization is responsible for what MMA is today – brutal, effective, and exciting to watch.
MMA consists of both striking and grappling, derived from different schools of … Continue reading
Using High-Frequency Bulgarian-Style Strength Training to Dominate
The following is an excerpt from my free strength training program, Anchor-Forging Linear Progression. It is a chapter dedicated to a variation of the program titled “AFLP Death Machine.” The purpose of this variation is to increase a trainee’s work capacity, which in-turn increases recovery, strength, size, … Continue reading
AFLP: a Strength Program for Beginners and Intermediates
Friends, friends of friends, acquaintances, and so forth approach me every now and then and say to me “hey, I’m starting to go the gym again but don’t really know what to do – could you give me a basic program?” I usually inquire about what they’re goals are – the guys … Continue reading