Archive for August 2017

Athleticism vs. Skill: Which is Better?

When it comes to fitness, there are two important concepts to discuss that are often at odds with one another. The first is the concept of athleticism and general physical preparedness (GPP), and the second is skill and specific physical preparedness (SPP). Athleticism encompasses the broad spectrum of movement capacity, hand-eye coordination, and proprioception necessary…

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Opinion: Why Conor McGregor Can (And Can’t) Win on Fight Night

Fight Night is almost here, as Conor McGregor is set to square off against Floyd Mayweather in a much-hyped matchup. This is perhaps the first and most noteworthy time that an MMA star has crossed over into the boxing realm to fight one of its most prolific champions, and the stars will be out for…

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Move of the Week: Turkish Get-up

Are you finishing too quickly? Here’s why you shouldn’t — when it comes to this move. THE MOVE: Turkish Get-up MOVEMENT PATTERN AND MUSCLES WORKED: Core and corrective; abs, shoulders, legs. WHY DO IT: The Turkish Get-up is a complex, full-body movement that many people get wrong, simply because there are so many parts to begin…

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Is Playing Golf Actually Hurting You?

Golf is one of the most popular sports in America, particularly among adults. Here in the city, I’ve seen my fair share of people both around my age (26, although some people still believe I’m 21…) and way older lugging around their golf clubs on the weekends, presumably to hit the driving range or a…

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Move of the Week: Pallof Press

These days, people are anti-everything. Why are we so anti-rotation and anti-extension? THE MOVE: Pallof Press MOVEMENT PATTERN AND MUSCLES WORKED: Core stability; abs and obliques. WHY DO IT: The Pallof Press is an essential core exercise that teaches you how to resist rotation and extension. Both of these motions can negatively affect the low back,…

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Opinion: Bend the Knee (In Your Squat)

Bending the knee seems to be a big problem lately.  Whether it’s to acknowledge the true ruler of Westeros or in basic exercises like the squat, it seems like many people in the North are refusing to do so. In the real world, there seems to be a psychological disconnect with bending the knee in…

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Member Profile: Ryan O.

“I’m stronger than I’ve been in a very long time and can lift more weight than I thought I could without hurting myself. I’m not in pain after every session and athletically I feel leaps and bounds above where I was, even before tearing my Achilles. The coaches at Halevy Life really know what they’re…

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Build A Bigger Bench With Specialized Equipment: Part 2

In the first part of this blog post, we went over 4 different ways to bench press that could ultimately help you build a bigger bench. For the bench press, you can use a standard barbell, dumbbells, Swiss bar, or Duffalo bar as means towards that goal, and the reason you want to change things…

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Opinion: Why You’re "Pso" Overrated

In my time working with a lot of people who have or have had low back pain, the psoas muscle has always been brought up as the cause of their pain. It has been blamed by everyone from previous trainers, to chiropractors, to massage therapists.  On the surface, the reasoning for this is straightforward and…

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Move of the Week: Bulgarian Split-squat

Do you know what percentage of the time you spend on one foot when you’re running? If you do, you’ll understand why this move is important. THE MOVE: Bulgarian Split-squat MOVEMENT PATTERN AND MUSCLES WORKED: Lunge; quads, glutes, and hamstrings. WHY DO IT: When you run, you are never on both feet at any point during the…

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