“I don’t train chest because I have implants.  I don’t have to.” BULLSHIT. Heard this from a well known coach while asking about implants, before I had them, and how they may affect my bench press training, this is what she told me.   I was floored.  Many have implants.  Many don’t.  That’s not the…

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HRV is on everyone’s lips these days, it seems.   But what exactly is it? HRV is heart rate variability.  It’s the easy way of saying: the changes in time between peak contractions of the heart, or heart beats.  The lower the HRV the higher the rate rate, which is only good when you’re running…

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Bishop et al. (2007) define recovery as the ability to meet or exceed performance in a particular activity. Recovery is the simple way, in terms of exercise physiology, of saying that your body is able to train again or is back to homeostasis (balance).  This means that byproducts from the last strenuous training session are…

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In the movie Big Hero 6 a group of youth come together to fight evil. Unfortunately their ‘powers’ are too new and they haven’t quite grown into the abilities and extreme abilities they now process. In a bind, and knowing not how to get out of the situation, the main character, Hiro Hamata discovers that…

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Dear You, Yes, You.  The one feeling guilty about what you ‘did’ ‘ate’ yesterday.  The one calculating how many calories or carbs you MIGHT have had. And how many you need to cut out today. You, rearranging today to fit in extra cardio or a second gym sash.   Dear You, Looking in the mirror…

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1. Learn to Brace, Root and control your body before you try to lift dumbbells, barbells or other stupid shit. These are basics. This is absolutely, first and foremost, necessary.  If you can do these things properly, aggressively and appropraitely, you’ll be farther ahead than 85.9% of lifters out there in gyms these days. +Bracing…

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Working Sets vs Warm Up Sets How do we structure this and why? Working sets are your programmed sets.  Or where we want the most work done in training. Example:  3×1 @ 90% of 1RM is your working sets.  This is where we want an adaptation to happen (over time 90% will feel like 70%…

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Perusing through old photos tonight trying to delete un neecessary media to make room for new shit (‘cause more iCloud space?  Fuck that!). I ran across this photo and sat for a moment, finding myself a little upset.. I remember taking this picture.  I was fucking proud of my body and thought: this is good…

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Truly, “fitness” as we know it is more mental than physical. I’m reminded daily, chatting with clients or experiencing it myself, that if your mind isn’t in the right space, or you’re allowing others to dictate your feelings, actions, etc., your physical achievements and/or progress will suffer. Your mind is absolutely your greatest asset or…

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I’m currently sitting on a couch in an Airbnb in Washington DC. I came over for 5 days to attend conferences with my certifying body, the National Strength & Conditioning Association. I decided to stay in an Airbnb for a few reasons: It has a kitchen and amenities. Hotels don’t all have microwaves, refrigerators or…

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