Strength and conditioning coaches and fitness trainers love to talk about progressions. Let’s face it, there are numerous progressions for just about any exercise or activity you can think of. What’s the next progression for the exercises you’re currently using or doing? Are your progressions practical and context-specific or are they progressions for the sake… Continue reading Exercise Progression and Athlete Mastery
Accountability. It’s used so often and in so many arenas that it’s practically a cliche. In business, in school and in sports and training, everyone likes to talk about accountability. For coaches, whether in youth sports or fitness and strength and conditioning, it seems universally accepted that accountability is key. In these arenas, “holding athletes… Continue reading Podcast: Accountability or Unnecessary Confrontation for Youth Athletes?
Today, I’m sharing the first of my “Essential Laws of Strength, Fitness and Performance.” These didn’t happen by accident. These Essential Laws were developed through observation and analysis, careful review of my work and that of others and trial and error. Law #1 may be the most important one to remember. Join me as I… Continue reading Podcast: Essential Laws of Strength, Fitness and Performance #1 – More is Not Better, Better is Better!
What factors impact hip activation and knee stability? How are these altered in clients who are post-rehab for ACL tears? What should we look for as signs that an activity should be changed or adjusted to ensure that the desired training effect occurs? As it relates to glute/hip activation in relation to knee stability during… Continue reading DB Step-ups, Hip Activation and Knee Stability
Intuitive exercise. Reflexive exercise. As Strength & Fitness Coaches, we’ve all heard these terms before. Intuitive exercise allows the body to “load into dysfunction” in order to permit the neuro-muscular system a chance to discover functional pathways, or strategies, to complete the task, with correction of the postural or movement pattern dysfunction becoming part of… Continue reading What is Intuitive and Reflexive Exercise?
So grateful, blessed and honored to have been a part of the best Elite Fitness & Performance Summit yet! Thank you to Nick, Ryan and the team at FR Nation for having me as a presenter. It was great to see so many people I love, honor & respect. This really was like a big… Continue reading Thank You EFPS 2018!
Today’s Happy Hour guest is Laura Honzu, Owner and Head Coach at Ubuntu Athletics in Hinckley, Ohio. Laura is entering her 4th year in her 2,000 SF training facility. Her clients include adults, youth athletes and teams, including one local high school boys ice hockey team which competes nationally year in and year out. Laura… Continue reading Love is a Superpower – Laura Honzu
A number of studies have shown that grip strength is an indicator of overall muscle strength. Studies have also shown that those with weaker grip strengths can expect worse health and wellness outcomes than those with stronger grips. Poorer cardiovascular health, metabolic diseases, disability and even early death apparently all await the weak of grip,… Continue reading Grip Strength and Healthy Kids
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
Chronic stress can lead to increased inflammation in a variety of tissues in the body. Chronic stress includes relationship stress, money stress and work- or school-related stress. Working out too much, too long or without adequate rest or regeneration is also chronic stress. In the modern era of “more is better,” we often substitute a… Continue reading Stress, Exercise Fatigue & Your Suffering Brain