Heart Rate Monitoring for Lifters

Tuesday, 07/10/2018

Heart rate monitors have been around for a while. The first wireless EKG heart rate monitor was actually invented in 1977 by Polar Electro as a training aid for the Finnish National Cross Country Ski team. Since then heart rate training and activity trackers have exploded and it is now one of...
Soft Tissue Work For Heavy Bench Pressers

Tuesday, 07/03/2018

If you've lifted for a while, you'll undoubtedly experience some elbow pain. This is especially true if you're a heavy or frequent bench presser. Using a barbell on the forearms is a great way to mitigate soft tissue or overuse injuries.  Check out the below video for...
Terrible Two Push Up Challenge

Tuesday, 06/26/2018

Looking for a great finisher to end chest day? If so give the “Terrible Two” two minute pushup challenge a shot!  If you’re crunched for time, want to test your muscular endurance, or would just like a little pain at the end of your workout, this is the challenge for you.   This is a...
How to Make Foam Rolling More Convenient

Tuesday, 06/19/2018

Complaint: Foam rolling hurts Solution #1: Use the Correct Roller For Your Body and Level of Experience One of the most common complaints and detractors from foam rolling is that it hurts in the beginning. This is undoubtedly true, but there are ways to make foam rolling feel a lot more...
Yoga Moves For Strong Lifters

Tuesday, 06/12/2018

Supplement Your Lifting with Yoga Lifting is more fun than stretching. But sooner or later, you're going to need to stretch. At some point, mobility becomes an issue for every serious lifter.  Whether it's tight hips, an immobile thoracic spine, or frozen ankles, you'll come across restrictions...
Muscle (Yourself) Up

Tuesday, 05/29/2018

The bar muscle-up is a great display of relative upper body strength. This complex movement combines two movement patterns into one exercise: You explosively pull yourself up and over the bar (vertical pull pattern), then... Push yourself on top of the bar (horizontal press pattern). With...
Fire Up Your CNS Before Lifting

Tuesday, 05/15/2018

Use the Force. This is a great way to begin any lifting workout. The idea behind "rate of force development" is to do an exercise that's explosive in nature and that utilizes all of the body's major muscle groups. Doing an explosive exercise prior to lifting fires up your central nervous system...
Mastering The Strict Pull Up

Monday, 05/07/2018

We've all been guilty of cheating a pull-up. Some people kip, some do half reps, and others do that "swing" that looks suspiciously similar to a kip. If you want to test your true relative upper-body strength, master a strict pull-up.   This is a little more complicated than it first appears....
Learning The Handstand

Tuesday, 04/17/2018

The handstand is a lot of fun, and it can have some serious benefits for your core and shoulders. The  following tips will assist you with your handstand. Note: If you don't have healthy, mobile shoulders and a strong core you should not attempt a handstand.    Building from the Ground...
Pistol Squat Progressions

Tuesday, 04/10/2018

In order to do a successful pistol squat, you have to have a solid combination of mobility, strength, and balance. If you're looking to add this new exercise to your current routine, use the following strategies to perform this movement without getting injured.   Are You Ready to Pistol...