Archive for March 2017

Move of the Week: High-incline Dumbbell Bench Press

The start of spring means that summer is just around the corner…so let’s get a head start on beach season by featuring something to develop a beach body! THE MOVE: High-incline Dumbbell Bench Press MOVEMENT PATTERN AND MUSCLES WORKED: Vertical/horizontal push: pecs, shoulders, and triceps. WHY DO IT: Well, of course we’re featuring a bench press variation…

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From ER to PR: Returning to the Platform

What’s Wrong With Me? This past Saturday, Jeremy and I competed in a powerlifting meet. However, the process to get there and do as well as I did was not exactly smooth sailing, and there were times when I felt like what I ended up accomplishing, was actually out of reach. A little over 8…

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Move of the Week: Tall-kneeling Overhead Med Ball Throw

Spring is just starting here in the city, so here’s the first edition of Move of the Week this season! THE MOVE: Tall-kneeling Overhead Med Ball Throw MOVEMENT PATTERN AND MUSCLES WORKED: Vertical pull: lats and abs. WHY DO IT: We haven’t done many medicine ball moves here in our weekly feature, so here’s one to fill…

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Using RPE to Maximize Your Effort

Oftentimes as fitness coaches, we run into an issue wherein our clients don’t know whether or not they are working as hard as they should be. With absolute beginners, some may not even know what working hard, as it applies to strength training, even feels like. It is true that in the very beginning, new…

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Move of the Week: Kettlebell Side Plank

We’ve braved another snow storm this winter season. Here’s Move of the Week as a reward for that! THE MOVE: Kettlebell Side Plank MOVEMENT PATTERN AND MUSCLES WORKED: Core stability: abs and obliques. WHY DO IT: As we’ve seen in Jeff’s Ab Wheel Roll-out progression on AskMen, the front plank (with your torso facing the floor) is…

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How to Build Your Best Workout Routine

Most guys (and girls) want the same thing when they hit the gym:  they want to build some muscle, lose some fat, and feel “in shape.” Due to their popularity, these goals define what we can call “your best workout routine,” exactly because this routine is meant to help you get there. To reliably achieve…

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Move of the Week: Romanian Deadlift with Mid-shin Pause

We are back with Move of the Week! Time to fire up that posterior chain…and feel the pain in the days after! THE MOVE: Romanian Deadlift with Mid-shin Pause MOVEMENT PATTERN AND MUSCLES WORKED: Hinge pattern: posterior chain (hamstrings, glutes, upper back) and grip. WHY DO IT: Some of us already know that the Romanian Deadlift (or…

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Four Lessons About Fitness — From Nintendo

The Nintendo Switch and Four Lessons about Fitness Today is Friday, March 3, 2017, and the world is hot on the heels of the release of Nintendo’s latest gaming system: the aptly-named Nintendo Switch. The Switch promises to usher in a new age of gaming, and blurs the line between mobile devices and home consoles.…

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Move of the Week: Landmine Push Press

Isn’t the weather such a tease? Well, you can always rely on Move of the Week! No tease here. THE MOVE: Landmine Push Press MOVEMENT PATTERN AND MUSCLES WORKED: Vertical push: shoulders, posterior chain. WHY DO IT: We’ve featured the landmine on this blog more than once before, and that’s because it really is quite versatile. It is…

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