Muscles are great. Muscle systems are awesome! Without the brain & CNS, they’re nothing but useless sacks of protein. Muscles are like power tools. Good ones look cool, but they’re useless unless you plug them in or power them up! The elegance, power & complexity of athletic movement are rooted in the brain. Each of… Continue reading It All Starts In The Brain
My wife, MaryJo and I are here in Orlando for the last night of a 5 day trip. We came down to attend the wedding of a very good friend. The wedding was wonderful and our friend and his beautiful new bride are now enjoying themselves in Italy! We took advantage of our time here… Continue reading Surfing, Fitness, Culture, Spirit
My wife and I live in a townhouse community in a “sub-suburban” area of New Jersey. Behind our home is a gently sloping, semi-wooded area with mature, fairly good sized oak, elm and other deciduous trees, along with a variety of pine, cedar and other coniferous trees and shrubs. It’s a very nice spot, with… Continue reading 7 Habits of Highly Effective Chipmunks
Are you consistent? That, not intensity, is the key to success in training. Check out my thoughts on this Essential Law.
“What should I do on my off days?” It’s a question I get quite often from athletes and clients. It doesn’t matter if the training program is for athletic development or fat loss/physique improvement, everyone has to have some off days. Recovery is important. But so is the feeling of making progress and staying on… Continue reading Do You Even Walk, Bro?
This is the first installment in this series about how to make your knees “bulletproof” for sports. Bulletproof in this arena means really, really injury resistant. Here, Cam Dineen (Arizona Coyotes 2017 3rd Round pick) is doing an exercise that gets performed really poorly all too often. Band-resisted Shuffles are a great way to activate… Continue reading Get Bulletproof Knees, Vol. 1
6 weeks ago, Nate started working with me. 6 weeks ago, Nate had great difficulty just hinging at the hips to pick up a kettlebell. Today, he nailed 3 sets of squats to a box with really strong, solid form. Without the Bioness stimulation unit that usually assists his left leg – he didn’t have… Continue reading Can the Brain Heal?
Coaches – can you see the tell-tale sign of hip mobility and core strength issues in this Hurdle Shuffle? A lack of hip mobility, weak spinal stabilization and weak hip flexors combine here. Do you see the “big clue?” Hint – when we adjusted the hurdle height down to about 5-6″, we saw the same… Continue reading Strength, Mobility & Hurdle Shuffles
After 20 years in the Strength, Fitness & Performance Training field, there is still something that irks me beyond description. You’ve seen it. We all have. Hundreds, maybe thousands of times. It happens in big box, “McFitness” health clubs. It happens in “boxes.” It happens in boot camps and “transformation centers.” It even happens in… Continue reading Essential Law 1: Better is Better
Thinking about 30 minutes on the treadmill to get in some “cardio?” Think again. Why engage in 30 wasted minutes of a hip-flexion-heavy, boring activity that won’t actually make you stronger or better? Screw that… Pick up some heavy stuff and carry it around! Loaded Carries, my friend. Do some cardio your body will thank… Continue reading Kill Your Treadmill!