Posts in "Exercise Technique"

1-Minute Deadlift Tip: Connect the Barbell to Your Lats

Connect the Barbell to Your Lats Admittedly, this seems a bit strange to say given we have two HANDS to grab onto the barbell with. However the LATS are a key player in โ€œconnectingโ€ us to the barbell during deadlifts. It ensures more full-body tension, but also hands (๐Ÿ‘ˆ HA, see what I did there?)… Read more

Top 3 Single Leg Exercises For Yoked Ass Legs

Coincidentally enough I choose the picture for today’s guest post before actually reading it.ย  Oops, a minor editorial mistake. You see, as you’ll learn below, placing a barbell on your back during single leg exercises – while not a wrong strategy to partake – does have a distinct disadvantage. HINT: More load isn’t always the… Read more

The New Essential Leg Exercise

The New Essential Leg Exercise It all started with a “huh.” I was perusing Instagram a few months ago when I came across my friend’s, Andrew Coates, feed. He had just posted a video of himself performing an impressive set of Supported Bulgarian Split Squats. Or, Hatfield Squats for the meatheads in the house. It… Read more

1-Minute Deadlift Tip: Start Where You End

The “Reverse” Deadlift What’s unique about the deadlift โ€“ as opposed to the squat or bench press โ€“ is that it begins with a concentric, or overcoming, movement. For a variety of reasons like leverages, mobility restrictions, it’s Tuesday, etc., starting from the floor can be problematic for some people. One simple way to build… Read more

1 Minute Deadlift Tip: When To Consider Using a Sumo Style Deadlift

When To Consider Using a Sumo Style Deadlift To me, the conventional deadlift (feet closer together, hands outside knees) is the most advanced variation of the deadlift and likely not the best starting point for most lifters. Yet, purists out there would prefer passing a kidney stone through their eyeballs than ever consider reverting to… Read more

What’s All This Positional Breathing Stuff About?: The Implementation of Training Principles

You can’t go more than a few clicks on the internet before you inevitably come across some coach or trainer discussing the merits of positional breathing and how it can help improve performance in the weight room (and on the field). (๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿ‘† I guess this depends on what part of the internet you peruse…BOM, CHICKA,… Read more

1 Minute Deadlift Tip: Neck Position

High Bar vs. Low Bar HIIT vs. Steady State Cardio Carnivore Diet vs. CICO Godzilla vs. Godsmack There’s no shortage of “debates” in the health/fitness space. Ideal neck position during a deadlift is also a hotly debated topic and I can appreciate both sides of the argument. Here’s my take and what has worked well… Read more

60 Second Deadlift Tip: What’s the Best Grip To Use?

Which Is the Best Grip To Use? This is a tricky question and one I’m asked often when discussing how I coach up the deadlift. We have to be cognizant of balancing what will likely help prevent injury (namely a bicep tendon tear), but also allow for optimal performance and turn you into a deadlifting… Read more