Archive for December 2016

Move of the Week: Power Jerk

December is coming to a close, and believe it or not, this is the last Move of the Week of 2016. Time flies! THE MOVE: Power Jerk MOVEMENT PATTERN AND MUSCLES WORKED: Vertical push: chest, shoulders, core, posterior chain. WHY DO IT: What is power? In the strength & conditioning world, power equals force times velocity. It’s one…

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Halevy Life’s Best Articles of 2016

Can you guys believe it? 2016 is coming to a close, and now is as good a time as ever for us to look back on the year that was. This year, we’ve shared countless exercises in our Move of the Week feature, and published several articles on fitness, training, and nutrition. Anyone who has…

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Move of the Week: Pause Bench Press

Christmas isn’t quite here yet, but Move of the Week is! Check out the Pause Bench Press below. THE MOVE: Pause Bench Press MOVEMENT PATTERN AND MUSCLES WORKED: Horizontal push: chest, shoulders, triceps, lats, upper back. WHY DO IT: Ah, yes. The bench press, a powerlifting staple and as such, one of the most ubiquitous exercises in…

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Is There a Correct Way to Back Squat?

Many strength athletes and fitness enthusiasts employ the squat in their strength & conditioning or rehabilitation programs. The squat is a great movement to strengthen the hips, thighs, and back by loading the entire body through a full-body multi-joint exercise. By loading and stressing the entire body, the squat is pretty much required for anyone…

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Move of the Week: Trap-bar Pendlay Row

We’re getting our first taste of snow this week. We’re also getting another edition of Move of the Week. Here it is!  THE MOVE: Trap-bar Pendlay Row MOVEMENT PATTERN AND MUSCLES WORKED: Horizontal pull: back, lats, posterior chain. WHY DO IT: You can do more than just deadlifts with a trap-bar. We’ve written before about the trap-bar…

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How to Master the King of All Ab Exercises

The ab wheel rollout is among the most challenging exercises in the gym. Furthermore, it often requires so much effort to perform, that the soreness in your abs makes it hard to laugh in the few days after! It is not uncommon to see ab wheel rollouts done from a tall-kneeling position. But what happens…

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How to Defend Yourself in a Kangaroo Fight

Many of you have already seen the hilarious viral video of an Australian man defending his dog from a kangaroo by now. Funny enough, a little searching on YouTube seems to indicate that kangaroos are avid boxers themselves! While it’s an interesting topic, I highly doubt that fighting a kangaroo is high up on your to-do list. Inspired…

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Move of the Week: Goblet Lateral Step-up

Step up to the plate this holiday season…with a Move of the Week! THE MOVE: Goblet Lateral Step-up MOVEMENT PATTERN AND MUSCLES WORKED: Lunge: quads, glutes, hamstrings, anterior core. WHY DO IT: This isn’t the typical step-up you see in those Step Aerobics classes of the 80’s. On the contrary, today’s step-up provides a great challenges…

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How Dips Help Your Deadlift

That’s right! It may not be entirely obvious, but dips can help you improve your deadlift. Watch Jeff Halevy explain how below with the help of Director of Programming, Dan Cerone, in this special feature. Hint: The lats are super important when it comes to the deadlift. They prevent shrugging and yanking of the bar, and…

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