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Doing things the right way

I think I spend about half of my career answering questions with two basic responses. “It depends” is brilliant, as most people don’t realize that strength training has hundreds of exercises, dozens of tools and nearly an infinite number of ways of combining everything together. The needs of an NFL lineman and a 70 year….  

The Anterior Chain

Years ago, we used to talk about back training in the gym as doing the Olympic lifts or the powerlifts. One day, someone cracked out a textbook and decided to call this kind of work “Posterior Chain.” And, that is fine. I still have strong opinions that pulling 600 pounds off the floor is a….  

Programming 101…and My Birthday! (Welcome to what 60 looks like!)

  It’s a rare day that the question of programming comes up. I would love to just say “Push, Pull, Hinge, Squat, Loaded Carry and Groundwork for reasonable reps and load,” but that doesn’t truly answer the key issues.   The first issue is simply: “What is your goal?” If you want fat loss you….  

Glutes…

If you live an active lifestyle, you begin to take a few things for granted. Vacations seem to bring out the big issues. I have a few warning signs: if I find that I cover up more at the pool or beach, if suitcases need to be roller bags if I am more than fifty….  

Lacking Weights

Sometimes lacking something leads to new insights. I began lifting weights in 1965 and I have had the best facilities one can imagine. I have also trained in rougher situations.   World class gyms that cater to sports performance often get pushed out of business by the box gyms. Like Thom Plummer says, “If all….  

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