Monthly Archives: December 2014

Looking Up is Making your Squats Worse

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Looking up is a cue that tons of young lifters learn in their dungeons, high school weight rooms usually tucked in a windowless part of the school. This is where athletes are capable of getting really, really strong. There have been many 400 pound squatters and 300 pound benchers (I also love the proportion) come […]

Lower Body Training without Loading the Spine

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Back pain is a major issue for most people. It has been reported that close to 80% of the population will experience low back pain in their lives. One of the best ways to manage and reduce back pain is through movement. The only problem is that most people do not move properly. Everyday life […]

Workout Finishers for the Holidays and Beyond

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Happy Holidays everyone. This is the time of year for lots of eating, drinking, and not working out. Time becomes limited and the first thing to go is the gym. At least running around from store to store, fighting off the crowds has to have some kind of metabolic effect right? This time of year […]

Should Hockey Players Squat?

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I got a strange-ish comment a couple weeks ago at work. The hockey guys were asking me what was on plan for the day and I told them that we were squatting. Usually, this comes with the moans and groans because they do not like to squat. One person made an interesting comment, however. He […]

The Most Important Speed Quality

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Over the last few days I have been reading up on some of Cal Dietz’s work on Triphasic Training. I am still waiting to buy the book titled with the same phrase but that’s a post Christmas shopping task. I must say that I feel like a complete idiot when reading some of the books […]

Alternatives for Those Who Can’t Squat

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Squatting is one of the best exercises for developing lower body strength. There is often a squat variation for everyone that can get the job done. That being said, sometimes there are people that cannot squat due to injury. A lot of times it is the low back/pelvic area that causes this kind of limitation. […]

Maintaining Strength In-Season

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Most high schools have just entered their winter sports season. Last week was the first week of tryouts and scrimmages are approaching for most of these athletes. A lot of athletes tend to make a huge mistake of preparing extremely hard for their season and then ceasing all training right once practices start. This is […]

What’s the Rush?

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“Lose 20 lbs in 2 weeks” “Gain 20 lbs of muscle in 20 days” “Add 12547 lbs to your bench by next week” The fitness industry is polluted by claims and quotes like the ones above. They create the idea that dramatic change is simple, quick, and easy. It might be simple, but it is […]

How Important is Body Fat Percentage for Athletes?

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Not too long ago there was an episode of Behind the B, which goes behind the scenes for the Boston Bruins. At one point, the strength coach for the Bruins was discussing percent body fat. Some of the percentages for the Bruins were astronomically low. In order to play at the NHL level, it is […]

Training Needs for Hockey Players

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Training athletes usually is a process that starts by identifying their weak points and then training to reverse that idea. It becomes an art once we have to blend training weaknesses with strengths in order to produce a better athlete. Hockey is a sport unlike any other. The strengths of these athletes are usually in […]