The last few blogs I’ve touched a lot on the importance of context, not looking at the sport as a black and white endeavor, and ensuring you utilize an arsenal of tools to continually progress along your journey. I’m staying true to this theme again and I’m going to make a series out of it! [Read more…]
The same phrase or saying can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people.
For instance, let’s say you’re a personal trainer working with someone who has an arched back during a plank hold and you would like them to straighten it. Some people will completely understand how to “squeeze their abs”, while others may need to be told to “push their mid-back toward the ceiling”. Both can fix the same saggy position, both can make perfect logical sense, but sometimes individuals simply have different mental models and learning styles.
The last couple of blogs, I’ve touched a lot on the importance of context, not looking at the sport as a black and white endeavor, and ensuring you utilize an arsenal of tools to continually progress along your journey. I truly believe this is the reason I’ve been a far superior bodybuilder in my 40’s than at any other time in my 30+ year career. Much of this has to do with understanding the concept of context, [Read more…]
5) Cybex Hack Squat
If you have some healthy ankles and knees, then you will love this machine. Yes, that is the one huge caveat to this particular model. With an insanely a steep angle, no other movement or machine beats the crap out of my quads the way that this one does. [Read more…]
If you follow sports at all you know that nearly all successful, high level athletes have consistent rituals and cues when it comes to the skills of their sport. For those of you who don’t follow sports I’ll explain. The three-time Wimbledon Tennis champ Serena Williams would bounce the ball five times before her first serve and twice before her second. NBA All Star Jason Kidd would blow a kiss to the rim before every free throw he ever attempted. [Read more…]
“Not Quite the Glute Guy” or “Stunt Double for Bret Contreras” or simply, “How to Perform the Hip Thrust – Lessons from Bret Contreras” – by Eric Helms
This blog post will conclude my posts on “how to lift”, that address some of the more difficult to perform bodybuilding assistance exercises. [Read more…]
Bodybuilders are infamous for over-complicating the “angle game” in their training. This usually leads to the addition of too many redundant movements for any given body part. While I appreciate the proactive element of this mindset, overtime, it can add unrequired training-time which depreciates the quality of your sessions. [Read more…]
I’ve previously written about how your attitude towards training can make you feel fulfilled or failed during your everlasting quest for muscle growth. The sluggish crawl of physique and strength development challenges even the most patient of individuals, and it’s a process that only gets slower over time.
In my years as a personal trainer, and even more recently as a bodybuilding and powerlifting coach, I’ve consistently seen lifters at all levels struggle to properly hip hinge.
This is unfortunate, because the RDL, one of the most common hip-hinge lifts is actually quite useful. For hypertrophy, I would argue when compared head to head with a conventional deadlift, the RDL is probably a better movement (if performed correctly). [Read more…]
What is the best way to train? What is the best diet? What is the best form of cardio? Low volume vs. high volume? Clean eating vs IIYM? HIIT vs LISS? I’m sure these questions look very familiar to you and I’m sure you’ve asked at least one of them at some point. If not, congratulations on being part of an extremely rare breed! I know I’ve asked those questions over the years and especially in my younger years. [Read more…]