Posts in "Strength Training"

The Fitness Zeitgeist

In lieu of the events of the past week it’s been a challenge not to be a bit more introspective and to not get lost in a deeper train of thought. Regardless of what side of the fence you reside on – relax I’m not here to judge – it’s hard not to be cognizant… Read more

Why I Prefer Training Women

I recognize the title of this post can be a bit misleading; as if to imply I don’t like training men. This is not the case.   I mean, I spent eight years of my career at Cressey Sports Performance training predominantly men (baseball players). They were all lovely, if not a bit overzealous with… Read more

What To Expect In the Gym When You’re Expecting

Note From TG: This is a re-publication (with updated edits/additions) of an article I wrote a few years ago. I figured since I’m currently working with three women who are pregnant, one of which is my wife, and given she’s still strength training 3x per week AND teaching three spin classes a week – and giving… Read more

Becoming a Brick Shit House 101

Pat Davidson is a savage. He’s one of the most passionate and knowledgable coaches I know. What’s more, he’s someone who’s not afraid to express his opinion and tell it like it is. Case in point he was kind enough to take part in an interview as part of the re-launch of his flagship training… Read more

Everything and Nothing Causes Low Back Pain

The topic of low back pain (LBP) – how to assess it, diagnose it, and how to treat it – can be a controversial one. I italicized the word “can” because I don’t feel it’s all that controversial. Note: I live in Boston so I know what’s controversial (Boston Tea Party, a slow as balls T system, Deflategate)… Read more

How To Make Your Programs Programs Your Clients Will Actually Follow

This article is not going to dive into the x’s and o’s of program design. For that you can peruse my Resources Page and find plenty of options to fit your fancy. Instead, today, I wanted to peel the onion (so-to-speak) and discuss the layers of program design that rarely get discussed. Copyright: wavebreakmediamicro /… Read more

How Unilateral Strength Training Can Improve Your Squat, Bench, and Deadlift

Another fantastic guest post today from Shane McLean. This time he tackles the importance of unilateral strength training and offers some neat ideas as to the best accessory movements to compliment the “big 3.”   Don’t you love “that” guy who always stands between you and the dumbbells while doing single arm curls and making… Read more

Are the Weights You’re Using Heavy Enough? Too Heavy?

Today’s post is more or less an addendum or brief update to THIS article I wrote a few months ago answering the question “how much weight should I be using?   For many lifters – rookies in particular – it’s a perplexing task to figure out what’s an appropriate load to be using on any given… Read more