Monthly Archives: November 2014

Workout Guide to the Month of December

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Now that Thanksgiving is over, the craziest month of the year is upon us. December is a time for holiday shopping, parties, and eating a ton of food. I have a very small family and have a minimum of 4 Christmas parties this year. I can only imagine what that means for people with larger […]

Side Plank Mistakes

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Side planks are one of the most valuable core exercises. They are one of the best for training lateral core stability, a quality that many people are lacking in (especially on their right side). Side planks can also be modified to help people suffering from back pain. When I hurt my back about a year […]

Move Fast to Be Fast

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There are very few individuals in our society who really understand sports and athletics. All of the issues with today’s athletes, from physical to emotional, never used to happen. If I could go back in time and become a physical therapist specializing in patellofemoral pain. The amount of middle/high school age girls that come in […]

The Most Important Qualities for Athletes to Train

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Information in the fitness industry can be overwhelming at times. It seems that there are a lot of things that athletes need and sorting through them is difficult. At different times of the year, athletes can train for strength, power, endurance, hypertrophy, speed, conditioning, etc. The real question is how to pick and prioritize the […]

Grip and Forearm Strength for Hockey Players

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Hockey players are always going to perform their pet exercises that they think they should be doing. Typically, these are body building exercises like calf raises, shrugs, and bicep curls. At the end of the workout, I don’t really care if they want to stand in front of the mirror and look at themselves curling […]

Rethinking Sets and Reps for Core Training

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Stuart McGill is one of my favorite people in the fitness/training/strength and conditioning field to learn from. The guy pretty much knows everything there is to know about the back from injury mechanisms to how to train out of pain. The amount of spines (not human) that he had crushed in his lab is astounding […]

Training Athletes around Injuries

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Athletes get hurt all of the time, especially when they are in season. My job usually consists of getting a training effect for them without making the injury worse. When this is the case, there are a couple of steps that we need to go through to determine the right course of action. I am […]

Strong Glutes Improve Running Performance

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There has long been a disconnect between runners and strength training.  Simply, runners would rather run than lift weights.  The reason being: they do not see the value of training for strength. Everyone has their different reasons but at the end of the day strength training is not prioritized.  The unfortunate side of this scenario […]

10 Rules of Nutrition

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Nutrition does not have to be as complicated a topic as most will make it out to be. Textbooks will ask you to count everything and do these complicated math equations just to have an inaccurate measurement. I took four nutrition classes in college and none of them could have been passed without a graphing […]

Groin Strength for Hockey Players

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I have been doing the free blog for about a year and a half now. At first, I was not sure what to expect out of it because I had never done any real writing on the internet before.  It was very slow going, and still is. I always need to remind myself that I […]