Make the Lat Pulldown Machine Useful

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For the most part I'm not a big fan of weight machines, but lat pulldowns are pretty good. Especially with the neutral grip bar.... http://youtu.be/JzSzsCGGGeI Thats my online client Nate Dog...doing lat pulldown, nothing special here, just needed a good video and he does a good job. [Tweet "Usually weight machines are nothing but $3-7 thousand dollar coat hangers"]. Fun Fact: Almost every weight machine was produced to replicate a barbell movement. Yeah, I know body builders … [Read more...]

Rogue Power Bar Vs.Texas Power Bar

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If you're gonna try and get and or be strong in a garage gym.... You're Gonna Need a Good Bar.... Bells and whistles are nice, but a rack, bench, weights and a good bar are the most essential pieces of equipment. All you need is a rack, barbell, platform and some weights.- Jim Wendler If you have those you can kick more ass than all of the Planet Fitness's combined.. From Dustin Thomas's Super Awesome Blog For Cool People I know, that's a VERY low hurdle to jump over.... So when I … [Read more...]

Training The Overweight/ Obese Client

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"I Thought You Only Trained Athletes?" I wish....but not really Athletes can do ANYTHING and they're fun to train because of that. You show them once and they have it down, better than me, stronger than me.. But here's the fact: "Until you're at the top, you better train all types of people, not just the fun ones"- Mike Boyle If I only trained athletes, I'd be eating Ramen noodles in a cardboard box every night. The vast majority of my clients are regular people who want to be more … [Read more...]

Learning the Hip Hinge, When You’ve Got no Hips

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Chances Are, You Suck At This You're probably either doing the stiff knees: got it from Sparkbmxtraining  or the rounded low back This is from CliftonParkchiro or both.... See Wha' Had Happen Wazz You're all like the Tin Man. [Tweet "You can't move from the hip, hell you don't even know what a hip is..."] We gotta change that, cause without some hips you're gonna (probably) get some big time fugazi awesome feelings in your lower back. Now this is what hinging the hip looks like: … [Read more...]

What Moving your Couch and Exercise Have in Common and it’s NOT Back Pain

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Or, Spend $10 at Lowes and Up Your Game. As far as I know Valerie Waters is a VERY good trainer, and she is without doubt VERY successful. She should get ALL credit for thinking up using furniture sliders as exercise equipment. I'm sure someone did it before her, but she popularized it. So, in this age of the internet guru "inventing" exercises and programs and that jackassery, I'm just trying to give credit where it's due. Thanks Val. To the Point: Once you have some training/ … [Read more...]

There Actually ARE Uses for the Stability Ball

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The Right Tool For the Right Job The Stability ball, just like Kettlebells, Sliders, the TRX etc. is just another tool in the toolbox. [Tweet "That means there is a time and a place for unstable surface training in a program."] Here's a quick reference guide: Never the time and the place... Sometimes the time and the place. The time and the place, a lot of the time that doesn't mean MOST... First things first, When is NEVER the time? Almost All Lower Body … [Read more...]

Know where you come from..and RIP Larry Scott

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"You can't know where you're going unless you know where you've been." Will Smith in Hitch Unfortunately, this is too often the case when it comes to Physical Culture in Merica' these days. Everyone has or is THE Thing of the Minute. The new and improved version. It's ground breaking, different, more efficient. And usually, it's more of the same and none of the above. P90X? They used to call that body-weight circuit training. Muscle Confusion? Wasn't that Weider Principle … [Read more...]

What the F* is the “Open Side”, the Value of Offset Loading

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Common Email From An Online Client: "Roy, what the hell is the "open side". followed up with "Why do we do this?" Welp, Here's the Answer(s) The "Open Side"/ Offset Loading Explained:  When we load traditionally, the weight in both hands, it's easier to balance the load. Because the load is spread across a greater "surface area" in that the entire shoulder girdle and core is activated about equally. The weight is more evenly distributed across the hips. Basically, the pull on … [Read more...]