12 Core Exercises to Make you Harder to Kill and Easier to Look At

“Core” training is always a popular topic in the fitness field, but it’s usually as misunderstood as Bill Cosby after a root canal (or in general). Popular fitness divas, whose names must not be said, like to show you the best new crunch variation to hit your “Abz” or your “Luv Handles” and try to pawn it off as core training. Not to burst your bubble, but these aren’t real core exercises.

Two Smart (and good-looking) Guys Talking Movement

Last Winter I got the pleasure of being interviewed by Brandon LaVack of LaVack Fitness.Brandon is a very valuable colleague of mine and the go-to guy for anything running. In the convo, we cover:

  • The key to utilizing continuing ed classes
  • Creating a movement curriculum
  • Moral and professional boundaries of a trainer
  • Square pegs and round holes

Why I Give, "Toes up" Squatting and Deadlifting a Thumbs Down

It’s not unusual to hear some coaches or trainers cue their clients to lift their toes when squatting. I actually used to use it fairly frequently if I had someone who couldn’t get their weight back. That is until I started looking a little more closely at what was going on with this cue.

A Trainer's Guide to Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) is a pretty unnerving condition (you'll get that joke later) that festers our community. It can be the result of trauma, poor posture, overuse or even deformity and should only be diagnosed by a qualified professional. With that being said, it's not uncommon for a trainer or coach to end up with clients who have TOS

Priming Your Programming

Programming is the poetry of the Strength & Conditioning world, except way more awesome and less awkward to talk about in public. Some programs flow smoothly, creating synergy in the movements, while others seem to be as random and mundane as a lazy haiku. Anyone who has spent enough time around heavy things has probably experienced both scenarios and chances are, you've seen the differences in effectiveness as well.