Toys that dont suck…..and knees over toes

Just because 9 out of every 10 fitness gadgets are ICPMA (International Crap Product Makers Association) of approved that doesn't mean they all are. Here are some me likes a lot. Blast Straps: They best investment ever... These make bodyweight movements much more scalable. They can be adjusted to add difficulty or even stability on literally hundreds of movements and variations. Yes, you can use a TRX or rings or whatever, but I have these and use them almost every workout. Bands: Cant do a pull-up? ....The assisted pull up machine isn't the answer, it doesn't teach you how to control your body through the range of not … [Read more...]

Toys that suck big time…models that don’t

Most fitness toys/ gadgets/ things in this world are completely worthless. Some of them are so bad I'm convinced that if you purchase one you are entered into a highly secretive international database so the ICPPMA (International Crap Product Makers Association) can target you as the primary audience and consumer of all things shit and shit related. Here are some of my favorite dumbass ideas: Shake Weight: Ab electrode- burn your stomach- things: Years ago at Towson I was sitting outside eating lunch when I heard a girl walking by say to her group of friends. "That ab thing burned my stomach. It … [Read more...]

Friday….I hate (yes HATE) Crossfit Football and other stuff.

  First off it's Friday and that's a good thing. Second, I can't stand the term "sport specific" but what I can't stand more is a complete lack of regard for appropriate training methodologies when training an athlete for specific competition. Which is why I can't stand Crossfit Football. Quite frankly Crossfit Football, as a training system with the specific goal of training an American football athlete, is a joke. Why, you ask? Football is played by position. With each position having varying bioenergetic demands. For example: the typical play last 4-6 seconds. A lineman is engaged in what is basically a close quarters fight  the entire time, … [Read more...]

Micellaneous Monday (on Tuesday)

  Walking on the treadmill is ok, but kinda sucks. Walking on the treadmill HOLDING ON is stupid. Just plain stupid and if do this  you are also stupid. Seriously, why would you hold on? what benefit does that give you? ....except..... it makes it EASIER and DEFEATS the purpose. Have half a brain and slow the damn thing down. I guess this is like a drug people need help to get off of because here's an article about,"How to quit Holding on to the Treadmill"...a whole article. I can summarize in two words... LET GO! Mike Boyle (the goofy looking guy below) is really smart. He's been around forever and is always very insightful when it comes … [Read more...]

Blog Neglect, Stupid people and Flu Vaccines…

It's already Thursday and I haven't written jack all week...hopefully I get something done tomorrow too, but lets not get ahead of ourselves. Why you should hire me: "Supervised Strength Training Is More Effective, Swedish Study Finds" Basically, hire an expert and you'll get 50% more out of your training. Keep in mind this was done in Sweden, where they use that crazy thing called "science" to formulate programs and the experts actually are trained in the field and kept up to date on advancements. You know, in most other countries  you must have a degree based in sport science to train people, not … [Read more...]

Fun time Friday….

Welcome to Friday   Dumbbell swings- Much like brussel sprouts, everyone hates them, but they work. Here's a big I told you so Proof . Maybe the best "conditioning"/ fat loss tool out there...and probably the simplest (and most brutal).   Grip work- I just sat and thought long and hard, ok maybe not hard, about grip strength and how important it is. Basically, if you can grip something harder you protect yourself from injury because the rotator cuff muscles fire in synchronization stabilizing the shoulder. Gripping harder also activates the upper back musculature on moves like rows and deadlifts protecting the lower back, plus gripping the weight makes you stronger … [Read more...]

Now Read This…. If you want your kid to be a bad athlete when they actually might get payed to play have them specialize in a sport early. Without a doubt the dumbest thing you can do, except maybe this. Love me some Bosu goodness. Their genetics play the biggest role in making a living at professional sports, not how much of your bank account was wasted on "sport specific" training for a 9 year old. Wrote about it here too Here is what we should do LTAD Rhetorical question of the day: Why do people (most of which have never actually played anything beyond highschool) comment on your favorite sports … [Read more...]

Micellaneous Monday

Everyone who has a blog does "Miscellaneous Monday" so as not to be original I thought, "Hell, why not". Tate Forcier- Not jumping on the bandwagon.....yet. Maybe once he learns to throw more than 2 passes a game from the pocket I can buy in. I mean, it's great he can do so many things with his feet but there is no way he can be under so much pressure, EVERY PLAY, that he has to pull the Fran Tarkenton. Thats Fran by the way....He's in the Hall of Fame and stuff. Looks like 16-0isnt happening for the Ravens this year...But they're still waaayyy better than the Redskins (who break my heart). Seriously at this point I long for the days of Gus Frerotte .... I'm … [Read more...]