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Never Question Your Exercise Selection Again

I’ve been a fan of “offset” loading for a number of years now. Without getting too deep in the weeds on what offset loading is and what the benefits are… …it’s when you either stagger your foot or hand position on certain exercises OR you load an exercise a certain way (how you hold a… Read more

The Ultimate 5-Step Guide to Progressing a Client Workout

Last week I received an email from Jon Goodman. At first I thought he was going to extend an invite to me to come up to Toronto for a weekend of watching Jean Claude van Damme movies. But that wasn’t the case. Fingers crossed for next time. Nope, instead Jon was curious if I’d be… Read more

Accessing T-Spine Extension For Healthy Shoulders

There are many things that can make your shoulder(s) hate life. Poor programming balance Less than stellar exercise technique Muscular imbalances Bony adaptations (acromion type Poor scapular kinematics Orcs And, for some, we could even make the case for faulty breathing mechanics and/or contralateral hip/ankle mobility restrictions. I try not to get that into the… Read more

How to Correct Diastasis Recti and Turn It Into a Bulletproof Core

As a card carrying member of the Y chromosome I did not write today’s article. This isn’t to say I lack the confidence or knowledge to do so – in fact, I’ve gone out of my way in recent years to educate myself more on postpartum issues so that I am better prepared to work… Read more

How to Deadlift: The 9 Best Coaching Tips

I know this seems very uncharacteristic of me and something I normally don’t write about, but I recently collaborated with my good friend Andrew Coates and wrote an extensive article on hornets deadlifts. I don’t know the exact number, but it’s around my 37th article on T-Nation on the topic…;o) Deadlifts: A Complete Guide Andrew… Read more

The Nutrition and Supplement Police

There are shady characters in every industry, but it’s seemingly within the nutrition and supplement industry where the shadiest of shady characters reside. The Nutrition & Supplement “Police” How else to explain an industry where (celebrity) doctors cut their ties to integrity and shill the miraculous fat loss properties of Raspberry ketones? Or where some… Read more

Knee Pain When Squatting? A Simple, Practical Guide to Resolving It

To mirror yesterday’s conversation on training around pain, today’s post delves a little deeper into a specific area that many lifters tend to have issues with: Not enough bicep curl variations in their program Forgetting to remove their shaker bottle from their gym bag for week  Knees. The knees are a vulnerable joint and there… Read more

Factors to Consider When Training Around Pain

Getting hurt is a drag. It’s even more of a drag when you’re someone who’s used to being active and an injury prevents you from training consistently or prevents you from training as hard as you’d like. There’s generally two approaches many people take: 1. Complete rest. 2. Conjure up their inner Jason Bourne and… Read more