Posts in "Program Design"

Porcelain Post: Exercise Variety

NOTE: the term “Porcelain Post” was invented by Brian Patrick Murphy and Pete Dupuis. Without getting into the specifics, it describes a post that can be read in the same time it takes you to go #2. Huh, I guess that was more specific than I thought. Enjoy. Know what I say about exercise variety?… Read more

The Pendulum Swing

I’m still in Europe. Thankfully I have some coaches pinch-hitting for me while I’m away providing some awesome content.  Today I have a great post from Pittsburgh based strength coach and physical therapy student, Michael Mash. Užívat si (<— Enjoy in Czech) What You Need to Know With the popularization of core stability training, true… Read more

Why Train the Posterior Chain?

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of Zak Gabor, a MA-based physical therapist and strength coach. His alma mater – Ithaca College – also happens to be my alma mater’s – SUNY Cortland – sworn enemy. But he’s cool…;o) Enjoy! Not only can tapping into your posterior chain get you extremely strong, help improve athleticism and… Read more

A Thoughtful Discussion on Low Back Sparing Strategies. Actually, Less “Thoughtful” More “Meandering”

I often joke that “lifting weights isn’t supposed to tickle.” When you’re pushing, pulling, carrying, thrusting, and otherwise hoisting things around for the heck of it…you’re bound to end up with a few bumps and bruises along the way. Honestly, I can’t think of the last time my body was 100% devoid of any type… Read more

Row, Row, Row Your Back

I hated P.E. class. I was a skinny, weird and uncoordinated kid. I was the one who got picked on in the changing rooms about my lack of size, and we’re just not talking about muscles. Every bullied kid’s nightmare in elementary/high-school Whenever P.E. class was on my schedule, I dreaded it.  I’d rather go… Read more

“How Much Weight Should I Be Using?”

As a fitness professional part of the job description is the ability to answer questions. Specifically those questions posed by your athletes and clients. This makes sense given, outside of their primary care practitioner, you’re the person your clients are trusting with their health and well-being. Granted, you’re not curing cancer or writing prescriptions for irritable… Read more

Two Dudes Talking Core Training

Regulars to this site are very familiar with the name Mike Robertson. He’s a good friend, but also a coach I respect immensely. Not only does he produce top-notch athletes who are seemingly bulletproof, but he’s also someone who continuously churns out quality content that helps elevate the strength and conditioning/fitness community. He also has… Read more

13 Ways to Improve Your Deadlift, FAST!

You could say I like to write about deadlifts. Well that, and zombies. Or zombies fighting ninjas. Or how adorable my cat is, which has nothing to do with zombies. Oh, and speaking of cats……cats vs. zombies. But mostly I like to write about deadlifts. Photo Credit: Andrey In my latest article that went up… Read more