Archive for August 2018

The Specialty Bar That Everyone Should Be Using

Specialty bars are usually seen as the “double-black diamond” of the weight room — reserved only for the most advanced lifters. But Halevy Life Staff Coach Ross Curtis says that’s not always the case, especially with the Safety Squat Bar, which is great for beginners who are just learning to squat. Why is the Safety Squat…

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Stop Sucking Your Stomach In

How many times have you heard you should “zip your belly in ” or “draw your navel to your spine?” STOP! That’s one of the worst things you can do when you’re trying to cue functional core activity. Why? When you suck your stomach in, you’re using only one muscle – the transverse abdominis. You actually want all the…

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The Two Ways Bodybuilding Went Wrong

By: Ross Curtis “Everybody wants to be a bodybuilder, but don’t nobody want to lift no heavy a** weight.” This famous quote by Ronnie Coleman (one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time) still holds — well, weight.   The problem is certain bodybuilding strategies are actually not the best ways to gain muscle. You…

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Certified Doesn’t Mean Qualified

By: Morgan Jackson Imagine hiring a lawyer only to find out right before the trial that they didn’t go to law school, finish high school, or have any hands-on training. They simply passed the bar exam. Now, much worse, imagine hiring a personal trainer comparably “qualified” to manage your health and wellness. Public Service Announcement: a…

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Don’t Let This Slacker Wreck Your Shoulders

Think of an intense tug-of-war: Everyone on your team is working hard and then there’s Bobby holding onto the rope but not pulling his weight (we all know a Bobby). Ross teaches you how to not lose the tug of war with your shoulder and make sure Bobby — in our case the serratus anterior — does…

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Are You Lost With Your Back Pain?

Back pain is the most common orthopedic complaint amongst adult Americans. Our very own Bo Babenko, DPT helps you understand where your back pain might be coming from — and how to improve the symptoms. The McKenzie method involves 4 different movements that you can do at home to identify what’s going on and find…

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What do you get when you mix a plank with a ThighMaster?

By: Morgan Jackson Something may be rotten in Denmark — but it’s definitely not in Copenhagen: try a new challenge and corrective strategy with the Copenhagen Plank. There are 3 reasons you want to do these: Assessment – assess your strength on both sides and note left-right imbalances (one of the top causes of injury!)…

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This common drug will help you perform better

By: Ross Curtis Whether you’re looking to enhance your performance in the boardroom, office, gym, or even bedroom… There’s only one legal (and safe) performance-enhancing drug on the market. Caffeine. With over 400 billion cups of coffee consumed each year, it is one of the world’s most popular drugs. There’s a lot of debate and…

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Hip-ocritical Hip Mobility

Hip mobility drills are all over Instagram, with trainers (and even less-qualified people) demonstrating Hip CARs — Controlled Articular Rotations. Many people have issues with tightness and pain in the hip, so these movements are important to know. The only problem is… Instagram is doing it dead wrong. (A lot of the time at least) The…

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