The spinal erectors are often overlooked when it comes to building the physique AND deadlift. Try these 10 to add slabs of meat back there.
John Meadows’ expertise on shoulder training filled a void in the atmosphere of bodybuilding information. I’ve incorporated rear delt work with all of my clients, and I’ve learned a few things along the way.
Intensity is much talked about in bodybuilding, but what is it? Is it taking sets to failure? Lots of volume? Dropsets? Supersetting?
This strategy is a synthesis of various methods and tactics I’ve learned over the years from John Meadows, Swede Burns, Charles Staley, and a few others.
Use this principle to analyze your training program, your technique, your diet, your recovery, and your time.
I’ve studied and experimented with Vince Gironda’s methods my entire training career. He has had a major impact on me as a trainer and lifter.
You can use five sets for strength building, you can use it for hypertrophy, you can use it for power, and you can change it to suit whatever particular goal you have.
How do you train a woman in her 30s or 40s with zero background in lifting? Isolate, then integrate.
The customer is the ultimate determinant of your product and what it’s about. It doesn’t matter how you perceive your product — it matters how they do.
I am not an in-the-lab scientist; per my own training practice, I care about what I can apply, not what I can argue about.
Having recently read Michael Speidel’s “5 Lessons from 13 Years in Leadership”, I reframed it to personal training.
Some lessons are learned only through experience and accepting reality. If I could tell my 15-year-old self anything about training, it would be this.
Personal training is a field that allows for creativity in how you do things with exercise, but at its core, it is still working with people. You need them to like you.
Three years ago I wrote about habits of trying to be successful. Since then, these practices have evolved into something better: rituals.
Is mobility even a real thing, or a substitution for people that don’t actually train, compete, or play in an actual defined activity?
The healthier you can keep your spine, the longer you can train heavy and grow muscle. Here are my top-10, spine-friendly exercises.
The goal was to create a training model that would maximize hypertrophy in minimal time and that would be “low tech, high effect” in its design.
My viewpoint runs counter to much of the current climate, which is dominated by the short-term perspective of a “hypertrophy phase.”
After so many years and so many clients, I’ve begun to realize that everyone’s training needs are the same.
What must competitors put themselves through to attain championship notoriety? Being confined to a wheelchair? Torn relationships? Shortened lifespan?
An overload of information may tempt you to abandon your plan when something new comes along. Pick a program, one program, and stay committed.
You will find no forward momentum by doing nothing. Without work, passion and purpose won’t take you anywhere.
Personal training is like any other craft, it takes time and perseverance through many mistakes to master. I recently reflected on my climb as a professional.
For most things in life, you start with nothing. Get comfortable with this.
Before making the assumption that all women have wide hips and should therefore squat wide and deadlift sumo, consider these other factors that will inform good technique.
Men and women have different needs. Pay attention to these eleven factors when programming for your female clients.
To be a successful trainer, it takes more than showing up and looking the part. It takes more than you think.
When you test your clients, are you using the assessment to improve a fitness quality or simply to make yourself appear knowledgeable?
Trends dominate the personal training industry. Rely on self-education to determine the difference between what sounds good and what IS good.
The bench press is typically the weakest lift for women. It’s no mystery why—they require a targeted approach.
Perfect circumstances are created, not found. How are you living out your words?
If you don’t know your audience, you can’t communicate your message. If your audience doesn’t have your knowledge, you can’t assume they’ll understand.
Take your eating seriously by following these ten tactics to pack on pounds in a short time.
You’ve been searching for it. A lot of people promise it. Here’s the real deal.
When you’re occupied with trying to show how good you think you are, how will you have time to develop your skills?
Belief in yourself is only useful if you take the time to build your abilities. Here’s the formula to turn bravado into skilled-mastery.
Are you using your busy schedule as an excuse for your wasted potential?
Stop thinking of your traps and start thinking of your clavicles.
Your treatment of others is the foundation of every relationship in your life. Are you building yours up or breaking them down?
Would you rather engage in gratitude and abundance, or anger and vileness towards people you’ll never actually meet? Which is more meaningful?
How you spend your time on this earth determines what you define as meaningful. Does your lifestyle reflect your vision?
Underneath every hot body is a person’s reality—what are you willing to give up for that appearance? Is it worth it?
One percent can make all the difference in achieving your goals.
Could abandoning your diet be the secret to a leaner physique?
How to understand and breakdown the complexities of your food intake for better weight management.
Get those stubborn muscles flexing with this neuromuscular innervation protocol.
The common thread through all of this? Everyone is always in the “right”, the other party or persons is always in the “wrong”.