When we start training for the Tactical Strength Challenge (TSC), it’s likely that there are increases in overall volume of training – sessions take longer, weight gets heavier, reps go up, etc. This is especially true for those first-time competitors or those just starting to explore the world of kettlebell training. With this increase, we often forget what else has to increase – our recovery.
How nice would it be if the time we had to spend in the gym equaled the number of exercise variations? Trick question. It really wouldn’t be super great. Who wants to spend hours and hours in the gym? Personally, I’d rather be spending time outside, enjoying a craft beer with friends, cooking a new … Continue reading Aim for an Effective AND Efficient Workout
If you do the same things you’ve always done, you will never change and grow and make progress to become different than you’ve been. As humans, we like comfort. We like routine and knowing what to expect. More than that, we like comfort physically. We avoid temperatures that are too hot or too cold, walking … Continue reading Progress Intelligently
It’s no secret that barbell movements have a host of benefits. From increasing strength to hypertrophy, they are a staple in many programs. But what if you don’t have access to a barbell? What if you don't feel comfortable quite yet with it? Or what if you simply want to mix it up?
In the gym, we lift perfectly shaped dumbbells, walk on treadmills, sit on machines designed to target a single muscle group, and pedal bikes that we don’t balance as we ride. But how often do we encounter these in our everyday life? If your day looks anything like mine, chances are grocery bags are never … Continue reading Working Out for Life
Time for some Tuesday, trainer tough love. Every once in a while, I have a few topics that come up – either common misconceptions, ideas and exercises people get wrong, whatever they may be. We’re going to tackle these on Tuesdays with bonus articles. They might be what you want to hear. They might be … Continue reading You Can’t Tone Your Muscles
In the research, this mind-muscle connection is referred to as “attentional focus”. This is the practice of directing our attention to the muscle or group of muscles we wish to activate during a particular exercise. For example, during a cable-pull through, we want to target the posterior chain. This primarily includes the glutes and hamstrings, … Continue reading Mind-Muscle Connection: Fact or Fiction?
In an effort to encourage moving more throughout the day, many companies and individuals are moving to standing desks or adjustable sit-stand desks However, be aware that moving from seated to standing while maintaining improper posture is simply allowing the problem to continue in a different position. Standing is often seen as the fix. However, if … Continue reading Straighten Up Your Posture