Monday, August 26, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
As a personal trainer, it's my job to ensure my clients practice good technique. Unfortunately, though, when I'm at a gym besides my own, I have to keep my mouth shut. After all, how would you like it if a stranger walked up to you while you were training and told you that you were doing an exercise wrong?
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Program writer's block happens to even the very best from time to time. Even when we are inspired, we sometimes look back on our training log to find we've repeated our favorite movements while neglecting and undertraining others.
|Photo courtesy: http://blogs.longwood.edu/alexgreene/2013/12/01/writers-block/|
One simple, practically automated way to make sure we get everything we need in the proper proportions is to fill in this "giant set" template, based on the categories laid out in The Case for Full Body, Movement-based Training...
Friday, August 9, 2013
A few months ago, I took a trip with my mentor to a CrossFit gym a couple friends of ours own. The WOD that day was "Fran" – a brutal back-and-forth between barbell thrusters and kipping pull-ups.
At the time, I'd heard a lot of experts attack CrossFit. As we watched on, I asked my mentor what his own argument against this type of training was. Given his general bent towards bodybuilding, powerlifting, and Boyle-esque functional training, his response surprised me.
"I have none," he told me. "I would definitely do this workout."
|Photo courtesy: http://crossfitcc.com/back-to-basics-plus-fran-every-friday/|
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Does your one-rep max loaded pull-up equal your one-rep max barbell bench press? If not, you may be in need of a paradigm shift from muscles to movement.
Photo courtesy: http://fitnessmember.com/fitness-workout/basic-rules-for-split-training/
Friday, August 2, 2013
People ask me all the time what I think of CrossFit. For starters, there's nothing like CrossFit in terms of equipment selection, bodyweight mastery, intensity, variety, skill development, competition, community, and progress tracking.
That said, before you head to the nearest CrossFit box, you must first ask yourself a few questions. Can you...
- Deadlift without rounding your back?
- Deep squat without compensation?
- Do perfect full range-of-motion push-ups?
- Do strict pull-ups unassisted?
- Box jump without a sound?