Posts in "Program Design"

Program Design Considerations for the New Personal Trainer

With more and more personal trainers entering the industry faster than Marvel and DC Comics can resurrect D-list characters to put into their movies, it’s becoming more readily apparent how ill-prepared some (not all) are when it comes to writing effective training programs. Today’s guest post, courtesy of Tennessee-based coach, Andy van Grinsven, helps to… Read more

Upgrade Your Deadbug

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of Dallas based personal trainer, Shane McLean. If you forced me to make a short list of things I love, that list would include things like ice-cream (all of it), GoodFellas quotes, anything my cat does, old-school Transformers cartoons, and an empty laundry mat. And, you know, my wife would… Read more

The Pecification of Pecs

In case you aren’t picking up what I’m putting down from the title of this post, what you’re about to read is not about climate change, political reform, or ranking the best painters and architects from the Rococo Era. No, no…what you’re about to embark on is a little journey and discussion on pecs. You… Read more

It’s Coming: The Complete Shoulder and Hip Blueprint

Much like Winter in Game of Thrones……It’s coming. Except, you know, in this case “it” has less to do with the Night King, White Walkers, and the impending doom of man, and more to do with shoulder and hip assessment, corrective exercise, strength & conditioning, and programming strategies to optimize performance in the weight room…. Read more

The Forgotten, Often Overlooked Cause of Low Back Pain

There are many root causes of low back pain and discomfort, and there are many people who’s day to day lives are affected by it. Copyright: maridav / 123RF Stock Photo In my neck of the woods – Strength & Conditioning – the culprit(s) can often be displayed on the weight room floor. Lifters who… Read more

Addressing the Stone Cold Facts of Training Athletes

Remember that show diary on MTV? You know, the one that aired back in the early to mid-2000s? The documentary style show centered mostly on musicians and celebrities and followed them through their daily lives. Each episode started with said celebrity looking into the camera and saying….. “You think you know, but you have no idea.”… Read more

6 Ways To Instill Success In Your Client’s Training Programs

The answer is easy: Tell them to add more weight to the barbell. Facetiousness aside, I wanted to spend some time discussing a few strategies you can (hopefully) implement today that will make the training programs you write for your athletes and clients more successful. “Successful” in this context means 1) your clients continue to… Read more

Stronger Back = Better Everything

What’s more impressive or baller than a muscular, strong-looking backside? Any Joe Schmo can walk around with decent sized biceps or a six-pack that would make Tyler Durden jealous. Walk into any commercial gym and you’ll see both. However, it’s a bit of a rarer occurrence to see someone with an impressive upper back. Not… Read more