Monthly Archives: February 2015

13 Ways to Transmogrify Any Exercise

I’ve been lucky to have so many people offering to write stellar content for me lately. Today I have a post by none other than Jon Goodman; friend, colleague, best selling author (Ignite the Fire), and pretty much the Don Corleone of personal training information. He won’t leave severed horse heads in your bed, but… Read more

The Single Dumbest Way to Bench Press

A few months ago I wrote a post on why incorporating barbell glute bridges prior to an upper body day (namely, bench pressing) may be a nice way to help “potentiate” the glutes to fire to better help with performance. I wrote it and people loved it. I had no idea so many people would… Read more

What I Learned Taking the FMS

This is what I looked like last Sunday after spending three days and 20 course hours taking the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) I & II modules. That’s my face melting. It sounds (and looks) like a bad thing, but I assure you it’s the exact opposite. Sitting through 20 hours of anything can be daunting. Sitting… Read more

Do Absolute Strength Athletes Need to Train For Power?

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of regular, Justin Kompf. This is Justin’s fourth or fifth article on this site, but admittedly it’s been awhile since he’s contributed because he’s gotten all fancy pants and has a job and website and stuff. Today he tackles a “touchy” topic: speed/power training (what it means and how… Read more

Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 2/20/15

I’m in Burlington, MA for the next three days attending the Functional Movement Screen I & II workshops. Photo Credit: Perform Better Europe I’m excited because not only do I expect to learn a ton over the next three days, but I also get to learn from and listen to a coach I highly respect….FMS… Read more

Passive vs. Active Foot For Squatting Performance

There’s a lot to think about and that can (potentially) go wrong when you have a barbell on your back. Photo Credit: (Julia Ladewski) Is it better to high-bar squat or low-bar squat? Big air! Are my lats engaged? Where are my elbows positioned? Head position? On the descent is it hips back or… Read more

Losing Fat and Building Muscle With a Simple Lifestyle Diet

Note from TG: Today’s guest post comes courtesy of Ohio based personal trainer, Collin Messer. Collin wrote an interesting guest post a few weeks ago HERE, and afterwards proposed a post on how to help people develop a simple lifestyle diet. I like simple. Simple works. Enjoy. As the saying goes, the best diet is… Read more

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Deadlifters – Part 2

In case you missed it, last week I shared a few thoughts on deadlifting. You can check out part one HERE. In it, rather than regurgitate the same ol’ obvious things most people who write about deadlifts regurgitate (don’t round your back!, good deadlifters don’t “jerk” the bar off the ground, 2+2 = 4, water… Read more