Chalk Strength Podcast w/ Simon Bungate

First things first, an apology. I have been woefully delinquent – bordering negligent – on providing my own content on the site of late. I’d like to sit here and say it’s because of a noble cause like spending my time reading scripture to orphaned kittens or, I don’t know, writing a screenplay. But all… Read more

Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 4/5/19

BUT FIRST…CHECK THIS STUFF OUT 1. (Even More) Complete Shoulder & Hip Blueprint – 2019 Locations & Dates Philadelphia, PA: April 27-28th Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: May 25-26th Sydney, Australia: July 13-14th Melbourne, Australia: July 19-21st (<— JUST ADDED. Includes bonus “Psyche Skills for Fitness Pros” pre-workshop with Dr. Lisa Lewis). This workshop will piggyback on the material Dean Somerset and I covered… Read more

Why You Can and Should Lift Weights With a Herniated Disc

You all know the stat: upwards of 80% of the population will experience some form of debilitating back pain – often times a disc herniation – in his or her’s lifetime. It can strike with one dubious rep on a set of deadlifts, bending over to pick up a child, or, I don’t know, during… Read more

Complete Overhead Press Warmup

My good friend and fellow Massachusetts based strength & conditioning coach, Matthew Ibrahim, comes through today with the final installment is in “Complete Warm-Up” series. Previously he covered: Complete Squat Warm-Up – HERE. Complete Bench Press Warm-Up – HERE. Complete Deadlift Warm-Up – HERE. He completes the quadrilogy (<– new term?) today with the overhead press.   The shoulder… Read more

Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 3/29/19

  BUT FIRST…CHECK THIS STUFF OUT 1. (Even More) Complete Shoulder & Hip Blueprint – 2019 Locations & Dates Philadelphia, PA: April 27-28th (<– EARLY BIRD rate ends THIS WEEKEND). Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: May 25-26th Sydney, Australia: July 13-14th Melbourne, Australia: July 20-21st (<— JUST ADDED. Includes bonus “Psyche Skills for Fitness Pros” pre-workshop with Dr. Lisa Lewis). This workshop will piggyback… Read more

Boston Strategic Strength Workshop: June 8-9th

Myself and my good friend, Luke Worthington, will be putting on a 2-day event in Boston this summer titled the Strategic Strength Workshop. Strategic Strength Workshop We’ll be spending two days covering everything from upper/lower extremity assessment, program design, corrective exercise, how to coach up things like deadlifts, squats, and not kipping pull-ups, in addition… Read more

Exercises You Should Be Doing: Supported Hip Airplane

This exercise is magic. I mean, it pales in comparison to a Wingardium Leviosa spell – or even bacon wrapped dates (magic in my mouth) – but if you’re looking for a drill to add to your squat/deadlift warm-up, or to help with a pair of cranky hips, continue reading.   Giving credit where it’s… Read more

Coach’s Roundtable: Two Things They Should Know

If you work with high-school athletes this is for you. Friend and colleague, Mike Anderson, who’s a strength coach in Ohio, reached out and asked if I’d be open to sharing a roundtable discussion of several coaches discussing the rigamarole of working with this population. I always enjoy other coaches riffing and pontificating on this… Read more