Posts in "Strength Training"

Why You Should Lift Heavy Weights. Yes, Even In Season

I tend to avoid certain things at all costs: Making eye contact with my cat. Pineapple upside down cake (don’t ask). Uttering the phrase “looks like someone has a case of the Mondays.” Cocaine Partaking in social media drama, buffoonery, and general hijinks. For me there’s a cost/benefit to all of the above. Take my… Read more

Find Your Entry Point: How to Train Around an Injury

If you make a habit of lifting heavy things it’s inevitable you’ll likely experience a few setbacks along the way. These can range anywhere from the “no big deals” (bloody shins from deadlifting, shoulder niggle) to the dire (disc herniation, explosive diarrhea). …or worse case, forgetting your squat shoes on squat day. Suffice to say:… Read more

Factors to Consider When Training Around Pain

Getting hurt is a drag. It’s even more of a drag when you’re someone who’s used to being active and an injury prevents you from training consistently or prevents you from training as hard as you’d like. There’s generally two approaches many people take: 1. Complete rest. 2. Conjure up their inner Jason Bourne and… Read more

1-Minute Deadlift Tip: Use Squats to Build Your Deadlift

I’ve always been painfully slow off the floor when I deadlift. Like, you could be watching the movie Titanic and I’d juuuuust be getting the barbell off the floor by the time you got to the part where Rose lets go of Jack. If this sounds like you, you may need some more squats in… Read more

Top 3 Single Leg Exercises For Yoked Ass Legs

Coincidentally enough I choose the picture for today’s guest post before actually reading it.  Oops, a minor editorial mistake. You see, as you’ll learn below, placing a barbell on your back during single leg exercises – while not a wrong strategy to partake – does have a distinct disadvantage. HINT: More load isn’t always the… Read more

How to Effectively Screen the Squat

Today’s guest post comes courtesy of Dr. Michael Mash. I have a legit man-crush on him ever since I’ve started diving into his online resource Barbell Rehab. As the name implies: Its mission is to help barbell athletes (and aficionados) overcome pain and improve performance WITHOUT being forced into “corrective exercise” purgatory. In a sense,… Read more

1-Minute Deadlift Tip: The Power of the Slow Start

Slow Start Deadlift Whenever someone rounds their back on a deadlift two things happen: A baby seal dies. I have to fight off the urge to throw my face into a fire. Caveats exist, however. Everyone at some point will round their back. Elite lifters will do it – sometimes on purpose – to lock… Read more

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