Why Kipping Is Not Optimal For Strength Training

Kipping is Not optimal pull-ups

You have to stand before you can walk. You have to squat before you can stand. And you should be able to both squat and stand before you can jump and land, correct? If you cannot even stand on your feet, how will you survive the force of landing on them? The added force of your bodyweight and gravity combined with a fast descent would be much more … [Read more...]

“Crutches” in the Weightroom – AKA Supports

Crutches in the Weight Room

WHAT IS A CRUTCH? I use the word "crutch" to define any object that does one of the following:  •Gives support to a body part during training or movements. •Provides a false sense of security during training or movements. •Or simply allows you to delude yourself into thinking you have achieved something that you really haven't. You see it all … [Read more...]

5 Things I Have Learned About Goal Setting

5 things I have learned about goal setting

Designed by: Brandon Groce Lessons I've Learned About Goal Setting From Life, Teachers, And Experience. Most of us have goals or something we want to achieve. It could be to lose an amount of body fat, to hold a handstand, to squat double your bodyweight, or even something like learning a new language. My personal goals were to accomplish a … [Read more...]

What Are You Training For?

What are you training for

Design by: Brandon Groce Mainstream media has taught us that we should work out to attain an aesthetic goal or just to maintain a certain level of healthiness.  This is the first thing on our minds when we think of working out.  Athletes have clearer goals as far as their training goes because it must support what they do.  However, for the … [Read more...]

Cardio – Why You Shouldn’t Run Long Distance

Cardio - Why you shouldn't Run long distance

"Cardio." Everyone's favorite - or least favorite - word. The word brings to mind long duration runs on a treadmill or completing a 5K. Maybe to you it means 400 meter sprints or how long you can last in your jiujitsu match. There are a lot of misconceptions about cardio though. So let's try to clear them up. What Are We Running From? To many … [Read more...]

What Make a Good Workout Good?

Feel the Burn What Makes and Effective Workout

What Makes a Good Workout? A lot of sweat.  A massive burn.  Feeling so tired that you can barely walk out of the gym.  Maybe even vomiting.  These are all signs of a good workout, right? Not necessarily. Go to most gyms, fitness classes, or your average trainer, and it seems like the the burn during an exercise or how tired the workout makes … [Read more...]

3 Reasons Why Free Weights Are More Effective Than Machines

3 Reasons Why Free Weights

3 Reasons Why Free Weights Are More Effective Than Machines It pains me dearly when I walk into a gym, notice kettle bells of every color and weight, bosu and swiss balls of every size and shape, and whatever new contraption the fitness industry has come out with, but only one or two squat racks.  Or even worse.  None.  Just Smith Machines. Why … [Read more...]