Posts in "Program Design"

Why You Can and Should Lift Weights With a Herniated Disc

You all know the stat: upwards of 80% of the population will experience some form of debilitating back pain – often times a disc herniation – in his or her’s lifetime. It can strike with one dubious rep on a set of deadlifts, bending over to pick up a child, or, I don’t know, during… Read more

Complete Overhead Press Warmup

My good friend and fellow Massachusetts based strength & conditioning coach, Matthew Ibrahim, comes through today with the final installment is in “Complete Warm-Up” series. Previously he covered: Complete Squat Warm-Up – HERE. Complete Bench Press Warm-Up – HERE. Complete Deadlift Warm-Up – HERE. He completes the quadrilogy (<– new term?) today with the overhead press.   The shoulder… Read more

Complete Deadlift Warm-Up

If you missed the previous installments of this series from Massachusetts based strength & conditioning coach, Matthew Ibrahim, you can check them out in the links below: Complete Squat Warm-Up – HERE. Complete Bench Press Warm-Up – HERE. Lets  dive into the deadlift. Complete Deadlift Warm-Up One of the top priorities to focus on when… Read more

Complete Squat Warm Up

Last week I shared an article from strength & conditioning coach, Matthew Ibrahim, appropriately titled Complete Bench Press Warm Up. You can check it out HERE. Today Matthew is back covering the squat. Complete Squat Warm-Up One of the top priorities to focus on when warming up prior to performing your squat in training is… Read more

Complete Bench Press Warm-Up

  I think one main reason most (not all) people skip their warm-up is because there’s no rhyme or reason to what they do. They’ll perform some arm circles here, some thingamabobbers there, do the hokey pokey, turn themselves around, and they’re miraculously “warmed up.” While something is better than nothing, I do feel the… Read more

Part II: Correcting the Lower Back and Hips

A few weeks ago my good friend and author of Day by Day: The Personal Trainer’s Blueprint to Achieving Ultimate Success, Kevin Mullins, wrote an introduction of sorts to the state of “corrective exercise” in the fitness industry. To summate: Stop it. Just stop. People still need to train in order to get better. He followed that up with… Read more

Boom or Bust: Why You’re Always Hurt

I work with hurt people for a living. It’s not uncommon for people to seek out a coach or trainer because an exercise doesn’t feel right or because something – a shoulder, a knee, lower back, their soul perhaps – routinely hurts and they can’t seem to get out of their own way. That’s where… Read more

Struggling to Excel at Pull-ups? These Commonly Made Mistakes May Be Playing a Role.

If I want to learn more about astrophysics I listen to Neil deGrasse Tyson. If I want to learn more about how to to be jacked while rocking a bowl cut I listen to He-Man. Moreover, if I want to learn about or become a legit badass at pull-ups, my go to expert is Meghan… Read more