Posts in "Program Design"

The Missing Key to Conquering Your First Pullup: Stop Focusing on Eccentrics and Do This Instead

Shots have been fired. Shots have been fired. Some people will read the title of this post and see what they want to see… “…Tony G has lost his mind. He’s telling people that doing eccentric only pull-ups to help build their actual pull-up is wrong. He also hates kittens.” Others will know better and… Read more

1-Minute Deadlift Tip: Pause Reps

Do Paused Deadlifts I’m a firm believer in many things: The Earth is round. The Bourne Ultimatum is the best Bourne movie. And most accessory work should address a weakness or technique flaw with one of your main lifts. Enter paused deadlifts. There’s no sugar coating here: these can be absolutely brutal, but they accomplish… Read more

Do Not Cross Doesn’t Really Mean You Can’t Cross: Fitness In a Nutshell

Two weekends ago I had the opportunity to make a cameo at John Rusin’s Pain-Free Performance Specialist course that was held at AMP Fitness here in Boston. My good friend – and currently #7 on my list of Top 10 man crushes – David Otey was in town to teach the course. It was lovely… Read more

1-Minute Deadlift Tip: External Cues For the Win

External (Not Internal) Cues For the Win You’ve heard these before: Chest up. Extend your T-spine. Create torque in your hips. Those are cues which work well for some, but can sound like Elvish to many trainees, particularly when they’re new to deadlifting. Instead, get more acquainted with external cues which, contrast to their internal… 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). (πŸ‘†πŸ‘†πŸ‘† I guess this depends on what part of the internet you peruse…BOM, CHICKA,… 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

Deceleration Training and Landing For the Everyday Athlete

You don’t have to be LeBron James or Megan Rapinoe in order to train more like an athlete. You just need to be realistic (and smart) about it. What’s more, being athletic isn’t only about accelerating. You also have to be able to apply the brakes – quickly – too! (and beat Rambo in arm… Read more