Posts in "Program Design"

The Hardest Topic to Write About: Program Design

NOTE TO READER: This is a re-post of a blog post I wrote back in 2017. It’s still the shit. You should read it. There aren’t many topics harder to write about than program design. I mean, I guess we can make a case for Biomolecular Feedback Systems or the intricacies of Mass Spectrometry, but… Read more

Why You Should Lift Heavy Weights. Yes, Even In Season

I tend to avoid certain things at all costs: Making eye contact with my cat. Pineapple upside down cake (don’t ask). Uttering the phrase “looks like someone has a case of the Mondays.” Cocaine Partaking in social media drama, buffoonery, and general hijinks. For me there’s a cost/benefit to all of the above. Take my… Read more

2 Side Plank Drills to Perform That Don’t Have the Words Side Plank In Them

I’m not here to hate on the side plank. Truth be told: It’s a rare occurrence that I start working with someone and (s)he can perform it well. It’s a staple exercise with myriad benefits in both rehab and traditional strength training to target the core musculature – particularly the obliques. Too, it’s also no… Read more

Putting the Pro In Fitness Professional

What does it mean to be a fitness professional? The definition (or more to the point, the expectation), admittedly, has gotten a bit less clear cut in recent years. Putting the “Pro” In Fitness Professional I could sit here and wax poetic that what separates a “true” fitness professional from someone who’s pretending to be… Read more

Find Your Entry Point: How to Train Around an Injury

If you make a habit of lifting heavy things it’s inevitable you’ll likely experience a few setbacks along the way. These can range anywhere from the “no big deals” (bloody shins from deadlifting, shoulder niggle) to the dire (disc herniation, explosive diarrhea). …or worse case, forgetting your squat shoes on squat day. Suffice to say:… Read more

A Foolproof Plan For Starting an Exercise Program

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of TG.com regular contributor, Shane McLean and touches on a topic that may resonate with many reading… …Top 10 keto recipes that don’t taste like sawdust. LOL – just kidding. How to finally conquer that hurdle of starting an exercise program. It’s not quite as daunting as you think it… 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

1-Minute Deadlift Tip: Use Squats to Build Your Deadlift

I’ve always been painfully slow off the floor when I deadlift. Like, you could be watching the movie Titanic and I’d juuuuust be getting the barbell off the floor by the time you got to the part where Rose lets go of Jack. If this sounds like you, you may need some more squats in… Read more