Posts in "Exercise Technique"

Squat Down, Not Back

What follows is what works for ME and MY clients. This shouldn’t be taken as a personal attack against YOU, your favorite coach, or any methodology that’s seemingly at odds with my point of view. By all accounts you’re still a decent human being, even if you happen to disagree with what I’m about to… Read more

30 Days of Deadlifts: Days 1-10

A few weeks ago I had an epiphany. Maybe I should do a 30-day series on Instagram and cover something cool? 30 Favorite Pictures of My Cat? 30 Days of Omelets? No, no, no…30 Days of Jason Bourne Fight Scene Reenactments? As you can tell, I didn’t go with any of those choices. But if… Read more

Are Compound Movements Actually Making You Stronger?

NOTE FROM TG: I’ll be traveling in Europe for the next ten days and figured this would be a nice opportunity to repurpose some old content that may have been missed the first time around. 1) If you didn’t read this the first time I posted it all I have to say is “pfffffft, whatever.”… Read more

It’s Not What You Do, It’s How You Do It: A Better Plank

  I know, I know. Planks. Not the most exciting topic in the world. I may as well post something on photosynthesis trends of oak trees in the Northeast, gas prices, or, I don’t know, what my kid had for breakfast this morning. Everybody performs planks. And 90% of those people perform them incorrectly. Today’s… Read more

Don’t Let Your Clients Butcher These Three Exercises

Deadbugs, Birddogs, and Glute Bridges…Oh My I wrote a thing for the Personal Trainer Development Center. I suspect it’ll get me nominated for a Pulitzer and statues will be erected in my likeness throughout cities across the world. Or, you know, trainers/coaches will just start coaching deadbugs, birddogs, and glute bridges the right way. Check… Read more

5 Dumbbell Row Mistakes and What To Do Instead

The dumbbell row is a common exercise performed in gyms everywhere and is a splendid choice for anyone interested in building a back the size of Nebraska. It’s a staple in my own programming (and that of my clients) because it offers a bevy of other benefits – shoulder health, emphasizes unilateral strength, promotes increased… Read more

8 Plank Variations That Don’t Suck

I know what you may be thinking. “Really, Tony. An article covering planks? What’s next: Something on best exercises for a jacked Tibialis Anterior? Or, no, wait….NASCAR?” I get it. Planks aren’t the sexiest or most exciting topic on Earth. And they certainly aren’t an exercise that get people jazzed up to go to the… Read more

Make the Back Squat Feel and Look Better

I’m currently in the throes of jet-lag sucktitude. I’ll be back on my writing content horse next week, but I’ve got a treat for you today. TG.com regular contributor, Dr. Nicholas Licameli, is subbing in for me today and he went to TOWN in today’s guest post. This is one of the most thorough articles… Read more