Posts in "Exercise Technique"

Why I Love These 2 Simple Cues to Clean Up the Front Squat

There was a time in my training career when I despised front squats. I hated them in fact. They never felt good.   But when does any form of squatting feel “good?” I mean, that’s the last adjective I’d use to describe them. A back massage feels good. Hitting a walk-off home-run feels good. Hell,… Read more

Landmine Press: Cues and Mistakes. And How To Make It More Functional

I’ve long been an advocate of the landmine press. Not only is it one of my favorite “shoulder friendly” pressing variations, but it’s one of my favorite pressing variations in general. It gets you jacked and ripped and your shoulders feeling like a million bucks. If it’s performed correctly. The landmine press doesn’t come without… Read more

Deadlifts Are Only Dangerous Because You’re Unable to Coach Them

I doubt there’s any more dichotomous exercise in existence than the deadlift. Those who like it, really like it. Those who hate it, really hate it.   On the “Like It” side of the fence are powerlifters, people who like to lift heavy things, Gandalf, and otherwise those who view it as a basic movement… Read more

An Ode to the Meadow’s Row

As odes are concerned, you can relax: this post is not a poem. However if I were to give my poem writing skills a test-drive it may look a little something like this: Meadow’s Row, Meadow’s Row. Thou shall build superior backs. Lats, lats. More lats. I like bacon.   Seems how I won’t be… Read more

Stuff I Used to Say, When I Was An Idiot: Squat Edition

I remember the first time I saw Eminem perform. I was at my apartment in between classes watching a little TRL on MTV. It was spring break, 1999. I was in my living room. Many of my friends were somewhere else, not in my living room, galavanting around on some beach in Cancun soaking up… Read more

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

Dumbbells Are Better Than Barbells For Pec Development: There, I Said It

This post is about training the pecs. Sha-ZAM.   Full disclosure, I was going to use this picture as the main image for today’s article: Copyright: wrangel / 123RF Stock Photo However: 1. This guy’s pecs weren’t “pecy” enough. 2. Yellow peppers are gross. Every dude who lifts weights wants an impressive, well-defined chest. For… 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