Posts in "Program Design"

Reaching: The Underrated Key to Shoulder Health

I’m heading out to Kansas City today for The Fitness Summit. My boy, Shane McLean, was kind enough to send along this stellar article extolling the merits of “reaching” and how it can help make your shoulders not hate you. Enjoy! Reaching: The Underrated Key to Key to Shoulder Health When you’ve lifted weights for… Read more

2 Drills For Easy Access to Shoulder Health

Anyone who’s spent any significant time in the weight room knows how vulnerable the shoulders are to injury. This isn’t to downplay other areas of the body prone to nefariousness like the lower back or knees. Let’s be clear: those deserve some shade thrown their way too. Rather, it’s just to point out that, for… Read more

A Warmup You’ll Actually Do and Makes Sense

I had an amazing time in the DC area this past weekend presenting and catching up with friends and colleagues. Today is all about playing catch up: emails, writing programs, and of course spending some quality time with family. I’ve got some good blog posts percolating in my head and hope to do a massive… Read more

5 Ways To Get Better At Writing Training Programs

I received a message from a young coach the other day asking if I knew of (or used) any tricks to help make writing training programs easier or less time intensive. Outside of suggesting he build his own time traveling DeLorean, skip a head 5o or so years to clone himself 17 times (and to… Read more

Even More Becoming a Brick Shit House

Pat Davidson is the best interview on the internet. He developed one of the most badass training programs in recent memory – MASS – a few years ago, and the interview(s) he and I did – Becoming a Brick Shit House HERE and HERE – were the most popular in this site’s history. Well, he’s back…. Read more

Programming Considerations: Training Volume

We live in a world of dichotomous abundance. In literature we see it all the time in the form of heroes (Beowulf) vs. villains (Grendel), good (Gryffindor) vs. bad (Slytherin), or real (Milwaukee) vs. imaginary (Minas Tirith). We see it all the time in real life too: Democrats vs. Republicans Science vs. People Who Make… Read more

Programming Considerations: Shoulders

Fair warning: This will not be an all-encompassing post on how to train the shoulders or how to program around nagging shoulder injuries. Frankly, I don’t think anyone wants to read a Dostoyevsky length diatribe on shoulder impingement or how improving scapular upward rotation gives me a nerd boner. Yep, I’m weird. Instead I want… Read more

What You Need To Know About Sets

Straight sets, pyramid sets, drop sets, cluster sets… …it can all be rather confusing to the newbie lifter, or even seasoned veteran.  How many sets should you do? What exercises are the best fit? What about rest? Is it normal to not feel the right side of your face? All are pertinent questions and with… Read more