Posts in "coaching"

2-KB Front Squat: A Simple Looking Exercise That’s Anything But

Being a “good” coach and writing effective training programs isn’t about inserting the most demanding or most obnoxious looking exercises for your athletes & clients. Peruse social media and you’ll inevitably come across any number of fit pros vying for everyone’s attention with elaborate looking exercises ranging from Quasi-isometric deadlifts vs. chains (from a deficit… Read more

My Go To Mid-Back Mobility Drills

Mid-back (or T-spine) mobility drills are one of those things that, much like bacon, Jason Bourne movies, or LOLCat memes, most people just can’t get enough of.   At this point I don’t think I need to belabor why t-spine mobility is a kind of important. But if I had to give a quick 10-second elevator… Read more

The Hardest Topic to Write About: Program Design

There aren’t many topics harder to write about than program design. I mean, I guess we can make a case for Biomolecular Feedback Systems or the intricacies of Mass Spectrometry, but in my neck of the woods – health/fitness & increasing people’s general level of badassery – program design can be (and often is) an… Read more

Exercises You Should Be Doing: Off-Bench DB Press

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve graced the internet with a new (to you) exercise, so lets jump in:   Any bench-pressing variation can be a double-edged sword. On one hand the advantages are numerous: Builds upper body strength. Pecification of pecs. And that’s pretty much it. So maybe not as numerous as I… Read more

My Wish For Female Fitness: Less Talk About Less

“Why should I be fit?” Ask a male that question and you’ll hear a bevy of terms and phrases ranging from “to get swole and jacked” to “to get swole and ripped.” Ask a female that question? Well, the bulk of them will have an entirely different orientation or framing of answers.   Most of… Read more

5 Biggest Learning Curves in My First Year as a Coach

We’ve all been there: Year #1 as a coach and all the “deer in headlights” shenanigans it entails. I look back at my first year as a coach and it’s hard not to cringe. I made a lot of mistakes and did a lot of stupid things. But I also look back with fondness.  For… Read more

It’s Time for Women to Buy Into Strength Training

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of NY-based personal trainer, Meg Julian and covers a topic I feel is very important: the notion that some women still have a phobia about walking onto a weight room floor. It’s gotten better in recent years, but there are still some roadblocks which Meg discusses below. Enjoy.   It’s… Read more

You’re Not Broken If You’re Asymmetrical. You’re Normal.

One of the more flagrant”mic drops” I toss down whenever I speak to a group of fitness professionals is that forcing people to adopt a symmetrical stance while performing basic lifts such as deadlifts or squats is more likely hurting people rather than helping them. In fact, I’ll go a step further and tell them symmetry… Read more