Posts in "Program Design"

Deadbugs Are Gucci. However, Pump the Brakes a Little and Try These Regressions First

First off: Yeah, that’s right I just put the slang version of “Gucci” into the title of a blog post about deadbugs. Second: I promise I won’t ever do that again Third: I’ve been swamped with travel the past few weeks (and the subsequent catching up on emails, programs, projects, and life shit-show) and I… Read more

What Being An Army Ranger Taught Me About Getting Strong Using Only Bodyweight Exercises

SPOILER ALERT: I didn’t write this article. The closest I’ve ever been to calling myself a “ranger” was when I used to watch Walker, Texas Ranger growing up and pretend to roundhouse kick unsuspecting (and imaginary) bad guys in the face. Oh, and there was that one time I dressed up as the Green Power Ranger for… Read more

30 Days of Deadlifts: Days 21-30

The Trilogy Ends 30 Days 30 tips, insights, and suggestions on the deadlift. 3 articles. I want to thank T-Nation.com (in particular Chris Shugart) for taking the time to edit this series and for making me look and sound competent. Dare I say, this series deserves a PULLitzer?…;o) Here’s Part III. Enjoy. —> No Diggidy,… Read more

The Inundation of Corrective Exercise In Strength and Conditioning Makes Me Want to Throw My Face Into a Brick Wall

Just to help calm the waters: I am not anti “corrective exercise.” And I am not really going to throw my face into a brick wall. I respect and can appreciate that, sometimes, our jobs as fitness professionals require us to pump the brakes and to venture down the corrective exercise rabbit hole. Some people… Read more

30 Days of Deadlifts: Days 11-20

There are many things in life I enjoy: Dead animal flesh. A good Jason Bourne fight scene. Making my two-year old laugh. Filling my wife’s love tank by making the bed every morning. Few things give me as much jubilation as deadlifts, though. I like performing them, I like coaching them, I like dreaming about… Read more

Favorite Movements For Athletes and Modifications For Adult Athletes

I’m always asked what’s the main difference between training professional athletes and those who think they’re still an athlete. Not much, really.  I still very much prefer to treat my general population clients like athletes – encouraging them to lift, hoist, push, toss, and drag things every which way – if for no other reason… Read more

3 Quickie Programming Notes On the Pullup

Today I wanted to share some quickie thoughts with regards to pull-up/chin-up programming. I firmly believe possessing the ability to perform a pull-up, if not multiple pull-ups, is one of the most rewarding and worthwhile achievements to accomplish in the weight-room. Pull-ups are a fantastic way to measure and gauge relative strength; I.e., your strength… Read more

5 Exercises to Help You Perform More PullUps Without Doing PullUps

It’s common practice to think the only way to get better at performing pull-ups (especially more of them) is to only do pull-ups. While specificity is important, there’s more than one way to Rome. It’s today’s guest post by The Ultimate Pull-Up Program creator, Meghan Callaway, dives deep into some alternative exercises to add to… Read more