Olympic Lifting Variants for Power Development

Olympic weightlifting has proven time and time again to be a major developer of triple extension power necessary for high-velocity sprinting. The trouble with these lifts is that they're highly technical, involving multiple joints and muscle groups sequencing at varying rates of speed and different times. Additionally, reproducing the complete...

When Exercise Selection Goes Bad

Over time, certain habits become ingrained in human beings and become behavior, regardless of the reasons. This certainly holds true in the world of fitness. Everyone gets into a routine and despite having the resources to change their program for the positive, they just keep on treading through the sludge...

The Functional Training Paradox

Language is a beautiful thing. In strength and conditioning, carefully-chosen words can succinctly and efficiently describe exercises, movements, training modalities, etc.  I frequently mention terms and phrases that get thrown around these days with little-to-no regard for the intent of the original meaning. "Functional training" is just the latest in...

10 Fitness Sayings That Need to Go Away

There are a lot of sayings and phrases in this world that are meant to be positive and motivational. In the fitness world, they exist solely to lift your spirits when you're down and keep you pressing forward when you feel like quitting. However, there's a few that just aren't...

A Cost-Analysis of "Leanness"

Instagram coaches and fitness marketers have taken to all platforms of social media to tout how easy it is to "get ripped in 21 days" or to be "built like an athlete in time for summer." It all sounds so easy. Too easy, in fact. So, what's the actual cost...

Stop Dieting and Work on Your Nutrition

While the primary definition of diet refers to how you eat and the foods you put into your body, it has taken on a new meaning. The word "diet" now denotes a temporary alteration in eating habits. It is a specific change (or changes), for better or worse, that has a definitive beginning and...

The Good & Bad of Fitness TV

When you think about fitness TV, one show immediately comes to mind: The Biggest Loser. For those not in the know, it is a reality show competition that allows dangerously obese competitors the chance to turn their life around by gaining a better quality of life through weight loss. Sounds...
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