Posts in "Strength Training"

Make the Back Squat Feel and Look Better

I’m currently in the throes of jet-lag sucktitude. I’ll be back on my writing content horse next week, but I’ve got a treat for you today. TG.com regular contributor, Dr. Nicholas Licameli, is subbing in for me today and he went to TOWN in today’s guest post. This is one of the most thorough articles… Read more

Stack the Rings For Better Squat Performance

There’s a lot that can go awry with the squat. Knees caving in too much. Excessive rounding of the back. Getting stapled to the ground. Explosive diarrhea. There’s one cue, however, I believe has carryover to pretty much anyone and it’s almost guaranteed to make your squat look and feel better. Stack the Rings It’s… Read more

Face Pulls: Do Them Right, Do Them Often

I know what you’re thinking. “Face pulls? Really, Tony? That’s what you’re going to write about today? What’s next: Talking about the Kreb’s Cycle? Discussing all the uses of Osmium? Breaking down who will win this season of The Bachelorette?” I get it. Face pulls aren’t the most exciting exercise in the universe, but I’ve… Read more

Tuning Tension: Getting the Most From Your Muscle

A few weeks ago I presented at the Spurling Spring Seminar up in Kennebunk, Maine. The first presenter of the day, Portland based physical therapist Noah Harrison, blew me away with his talk on muscular tension. Honestly, the only way his presentation could have been better is if he somehow included a pair of nunchucks…. Read more

5 Quick Tips to Increase Strength

There are no “hacks” to getting strong. I’m a firm believer you get out of it what you put in. It’s hard, and it takes a lot of hard work; oftentimes over the course of several years. That said, below are a few “quick” tips that can help expedite the process. Admittedly there’s nothing profound… Read more

3 Reasons You Need More Front Squats In Your Life

Front squats are like kittens. You need more of them in your life.   Now, before people reach for their pitch forks, or, I don’t know, call their local IPF director to blacklist me, let me be clear: this is not an attempt or diatribe to dissuade anyone from back squatting. I like back squats…. Read more

Sleep and Training: The Ultimate Balancing Act

Whenever a client or athlete grows frustrated from their lack of progress in the gym it can almost always be attributed to sleep…or lack thereof. I often say the best “supplement” you can invest in isn’t protein powder, pre-work energy drinks, or something like Acai Boost, but rather… …a solid night’s sleep. Today’s guest post… Read more

A Subtle Reminder That Lifting Weights Is Supposed To “Stress” the Body

NOTE: This post is a bit of a face-lift from a similar post I wrote last year.  I’ve noticed a growing trend in recent months in the fitness community and it’s something that’s been grinding my gears. It seems it’s become trendy or a “thing” for some (not all) people to bash certain exercises –… Read more