Monthly Archives: December 2014

Kettlebell Swing: How to Cue the Hinge and Never Perform a Squat Swing Again

There’s just some things in life you don’t do. 1. You don’t punch kittens in the face. That’s just common sense (and really cruel). 2. Guys: you don’t not pay for the first date. And ladies: the fake purse grab at the end of dinner makes us guys feel good, and we appreciate the sentiment;… Read more

But Can You Move Your Body?

I hate Max Shank. He’s a phenomenal strength coach with a unique perspective and approach that I admire. He’s also a lovely human being. But I still hate him. Why?  Because I’m not him. He can do cool stuff like deadlift 315 (for reps)….on one leg. He can do handstands, backflips, L-sits, overhead press a… Read more

Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 12/12/14

In cased you missed it, yesterday I pretty much melted the internet’s face (Indiana Jones evil Nazi style) with a post on how to improve hip internal range of motion without using traditional stretching. The crucial message was to remember it’s important to understand that the body is going to induce “protective tension” when it… Read more

Get the Most Out of Your Farmer Carries

This won’t come as a newsflash to those who read my blog on a regular basis, but I heart beef jerky, Gandalf, lightsabers, snuggling, butterfly kisses, farmer carries As far as exercises which have a lot of carry-over to performance as well as every day life events and doing their part in, pardon my french,… Read more

A Simple Way to Pattern the Hip Hinge

Sometimes I think to myself how much of a moron I am. And I don’t say that lightly. I’m 100% serious. I’m a moron. Or, to use a more “Tony’esque” term…..an asshat. Lets rule out the obvious offenses like that time, as a freshman in my first college start, I threw a 3-2 hanging curveball… Read more

Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 12/5/14

I’m in trouble. I was perusing Netflix yesterday morning trying to find something quick to watch while I ate my eggs when I noticed the show Forensic Files was now available to stream. Was started off as me thinking “Oh, I’ll watch like one or two episodes” (they’re 20 minutes each), turned into five, and… Read more

Everything You Know About Corrective Exercise Is Wrong

Raise your hand if the mere sight of the term “corrective exercise” makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up or results in having to resist the urge to jump through a pane glassed window. [Raises hand] Corrective exercise can mean different things to different fitness professionals. For some, like physical therapists,… Read more

Should You Use Straps When Deadlifting?

Starring at the barbell on the floor I couldn’t help but think to myself, “holy shit that’s a lot of weight.” Also, “I hope I don’t shit myself.” The year: 2004. The place: Albany, NY, at some random Golds Gym. I was visiting my sister and her family after a recent breakup with my then… Read more