Posts in "Program Design"

Accessing T-Spine Extension For Healthy Shoulders

There are many things that can make your shoulder(s) hate life. Poor programming balance Less than stellar exercise technique Muscular imbalances Bony adaptations (acromion type Poor scapular kinematics And, for some, we could even make the case for faulty breathing mechanics and/or contralateral hip/ankle mobility restrictions. I try not to get that into the weeds and… Read more

When to Bench Press With Your Feet on the Floor, and When Not To

I received an email awhile back from someone asking a simple question: “What are the reasons one would or would not bench press with their legs on the bench as opposed to the floor? Just personal preference? Back issues?” Tony of a few years back would have been like, “When would someone bench with their… Read more

Why Introducing New Exercises Can Derail Progress and What To Do About It

Anyone who’s read this site for any length time knows I’m not a big fan of exercise variety. For most people, most of the time, adding in novelty for the sake of novelty often mounts to nothing more than a one-way ticket to Averageville. My good friend and strength coach, Chris Merritt (founder and owner… Read more

The Underrated Value of Mediocrity

Remember that iconic and hilarious scene from the movie Billy Madison when Billy (Adam Sandler), upon realizing one of his classmates embarrassingly peed his pants, attempts to “normalize” the situation by pretending to also pee his pants, thus reframing the unfortunate situation into something that’s not only desirable to do, but something everyone thinks is… Read more

Solving the Shin Splint Shit Show

Few things are more annoying than a nagging (sports) injury. Okay, I can think of some: A piece of popcorn lodged between your teeth during a three hour long movie and no floss in sight. Flat Earthers. Poodles. Talking about feelings. Outside of those things, having (and trying to train around) a nagging injury is… Read more

The Lost Art of Time Under Tension

I think many of us get caught up in the sets x reps trap. Meaning, we’re so focused on the number of sets and reps we perform in any given set or workout, that we often forget there are many other components to garnering progress in the gym. In today’s guest post by Upstate NY… 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

Which Is More Fictional: Unicorns or Tight Hamstrings?

Two weekends ago I was in London teaching a workshop with my friend Luke Worthington. We had a group of 35 trainers from across the UK (and Europe) eager to learn more about assessment, program design, coaching up common strength movements, and how I rank the Bourne movies. One of the main umbrella themes we… Read more