Bob Youngs and the Restless
Bob Youngs and the Restless
I became acquainted with Bob Youngs well over a decade ago when the internet and lifting forums were still in their infancy. Like many aspiring lifters, Bob served as my guide when I was somewhat lost in the dark, weightlifting wilderness.
The Pace of Your Stroke: Using Tempo for Gains in Size and Strength
The Pace of Your Stroke: Using Tempo for Gains in Size and Strength
I’ve dealt with several injuries over the last few years and it has caused me to do more research on how to get jacked (more research than I ever wanted to do in my life). However, it’s allowing me to get bigger and stronger, while still rehabbing injuries. The secret to this success has been speed.
Smith’s Got Your Back: Warm-ups for Squat Injury Prevention
Smith’s Got Your Back: Warm-ups for Squat Injury Prevention
Squat injuries happen more frequently without a proper warm-up. Dr. Ryan Smith discusses a few simple movements he uses that can save you from painful complications.
 A Breath of Fresh Air: The Renaissance of Basic Progressive Resistance Programs
A Breath of Fresh Air: The Renaissance of Basic Progressive Resistance ...
Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1 program and Joe DeFranco’s Westside for Skinny Bastards (WSFSB) have become wildly successful, and I couldn’t be happier to see this.
Correcting and/or Preventing Muscular Imbalances
Correcting and/or Preventing Muscular Imbalances
Many articles extol the need for balancing the muscles. Much of this is warranted. The problem lies in how to do this and when it should be done. In some cases, it’s necessary to look at what actually constitutes an imbalance.
 Correcting Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction, Part 1
Correcting Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction, Part 1
The sacroiliac joints (SI) are a common source of lower back problems for a wide range of people including housewives, professional athletes, and elite lifters. The SI joints don’t discriminate.
The Hip Flexor Solution
The Hip Flexor Solution
Due to a recent influx of hip flexor questions, I decided to put together a few thoughts on the issue.
 Alleviating Ailing Ankles
Alleviating Ailing Ankles
Anyone who has worked with field and court sport athletes has undoubtedly dealt with his fair share of athletes with ankle injuries.
Injury Prevention Strategies for Female Basketball Players
Injury Prevention Strategies for Female Basketball Players
Injuries are a major setback for any competitive athlete. It can be physically taxing to recover and mentally stressful and draining to be sitting on the bench and going through rehabilitation.
Hardcore or Dumbass?
Hardcore or Dumbass?
For those of you who read my log, you know I’ve been struggling with a nagging groin/hip injury. For those of you who don’t, you’re missing out. I’m a pretty funny guy. I probably have the best sense of humor ever! No joke.
Monitoring Training Status: The Finger Tap Test
Monitoring Training Status: The Finger Tap Test
Monitoring training status is something very vital when training athletes.
 The Top Five Movements for Shoulder Health
The Top Five Movements for Shoulder Health
Recently, I received an email from an average, middle-aged man who, after years of training, was unable to pick up his three-year-old son over his head due to shoulder pain. His goal was very simple.
Pointing Out Gluteal Atrophy
Pointing Out Gluteal Atrophy
Whenever I’m approached by an avid exerciser or athlete who complains of knee or lower back pain, the first thing I do is check out his or her backside…literally. Not to sound like a sexual implication, but observing the glutes actually helps me understand a client’s description of knee and lower back pain.
Top Six Recovery Methods for Athletes
Top Six Recovery Methods for Athletes
I’ll start off by putting it simply—you must train hard and recover hard! Here are some healthy ways to recover your body and restore your muscles!
Active Release Techniques for Strength Athletes
Active Release Techniques for Strength Athletes
At some point or another, just about every bodybuilder and athlete on the planet is bound to get injured. Luckily, for most of us, these injuries are usually minor and don’t result in anything more than a slight inconvenience for a few days.
A Strength Coach’s Guide to Dealing with Pain: Part 2, Knee Pain
A Strength Coach’s Guide to Dealing with Pain: Part 2, Knee Pain
In part 1 of this series, I introduced some ways in which a strength and conditioning coach can deal with an athlete’s shoulder pain.
The Truth about Impingement: Part 2
The Truth about Impingement: Part 2
In Part 1 of this series, I went into some detail on why I really didn’t like the catch all term “impingement.” In Part 2, I’m going to talk about the different kinds of impingement—external and internal.
The Truth about Impingement, Part 1
The Truth about Impingement, Part 1
Roughly 10–15 times per week, I get emails from folks who claim that they have shoulder “impingement.” Honestly, I roll my eyes the second that I read these emails.
Does Your Serratus Feel Neglected?
Does Your Serratus Feel Neglected?
The serratus (anterior and posterior) is one of the most overlooked and undertrained areas of an athlete’s body, especially in powerlifters. These muscles aid in the lockout of the bench press and stabilize the shoulder blade and shoulder girdle. By neglecting this area, you can suffer during the last half to one inch of your bench lockout.
How I Tore My Pec
How I Tore My Pec
The following is a recollection of an incident that I suffered close to 12 years ago. It changed my approach to personal exercise and ultimately helped me carve my career in the fitness field.
A Strength Coaches Guide to Dealing with Pain, Part 1: Shoulder Pain
A Strength Coaches Guide to Dealing with Pain, Part 1: Shoulder Pain
As a strength coach, I work with many athletes who suffer from chronic joint pain. When I hear them complain about shoulder and knee pain, my first reaction is to blow them off and tell them to go stretch. However, after suffering from the same types of nagging pains myself, I know that their pain is very real.
Oblique Strains and Rotational Power
Oblique Strains and Rotational Power
Earlier this season, Josh Hamilton put on an amazing show with 28 homeruns in the first round of the major league baseball (MLB) Homerun Derby.
Muscle Relaxation Techniques
Muscle Relaxation Techniques
The ability to reduce tension and relax muscles affects strength, speed, coordination, and in turn, sports performance.
Are Your Lateral Rotators Strong?
Are Your Lateral Rotators Strong?
The rotator cuff muscles of the shoulder play a very important role in the prevention of shoulder injury and in the execution of overhead throwing and hitting actions.
 Preventing Hamstring Injuries: Part I
Preventing Hamstring Injuries: Part I
Last summer, I worked with a college running back who was contemplating quitting football because of chronic hamstring injuries.
Solving Anterior Knee Pain
Solving Anterior Knee Pain
Pain in the front of the knee is becoming an epidemic among serious lifters and fitness enthusiasts alike.
The Validity of Massage, Hydrotherapy, and Hyperbaric Oxygenation as Recovery Accelerants
The Validity of Massage, Hydrotherapy, and Hyperbaric Oxygenation as Rec...
Popular sporting literature such as health and fitness magazines, internet training, and sport sites as well as articles written by athletes, coaches, and physical therapists have endorsed the use of techniques such as massage, hydrotherapy, and hyperbaric oxygenation as ways of speeding up the recovery process and thus improving athletic performance.
Are You Setting Yourself Up for Injury?
Are You Setting Yourself Up for Injury?
Lifting weights is easy, but preventing injuries when lifting weights is not always as simple. Because of this, it is not uncommon to find many injuries in weight training. To help prevent injuries and make your workouts more productive, here are seven key factors that you should take into account when weight training.
Shoulder Injury Prevention: Causes and Solutions
Shoulder Injury Prevention: Causes and Solutions
Chronic shoulder pain is nothing new to lifters or overhead athletes. It can range from something you just live with and work around to debilitating and career ending.
Sports Medicine and Sports Performance
Sports Medicine and Sports Performance
I was introduced to the chiropractic and active release technique (A.R.T.) in 1997 when I first arrived in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Michael Leahy, DC, who is the founder of A.R.T., was my first provider. Yeah, I know, that’s pretty lucky!
Pilates Magic
Pilates Magic
Here’s a question for worshippers of Pilates: don’t you think that Pilates is a form of weight training (added resistance training)?
The Importance of Strength Training for Middle Age and Older Adults
The Importance of Strength Training for Middle Age and Older Adults
Do you hope to maintain your quality of life as you age? Is it important for you to be able to perform daily tasks, enjoy recreational activities, and care for yourself? You probably want to stay fit, trim, strong, and mobile for as long as possible. You don’t have to accept frailty as you age!
Healing the Hips
Healing the Hips
Ask any powerlifter what his most important joint is, and he’ll promptly answer “the hips.” The hips provide strength and stability in all three lifts. If you’re weak at the hips, you’re not going to do much on the platform. The same goes for all other athletes. The posterior chain is crucial for athletic success.
New Scars
New Scars
This the first week I’ve been to my gym since the meet. It hasn’t been the greatest month of my life—or year for that matter—but other people got it much worse so I ain’t bitchin’ too much.
Active Release Therapy
Active Release Therapy
Tired of banging your head against the wall trying to fix old injuries that have been preventing your total from going up? What should you do when the foam roller, specific sport stretching, equiblock, and massages are no longer helping? Well, guess what? Here’s your golden ticket to PRville…
Static Postural Assessments
Static Postural Assessments
After college, I strength trained at a chiropractic rehabilitation facility for a few years. While there, I picked up a few helpful tips that I still use today when initiating static postural assessments for my athletes.
Defending the Deadlift: An Interview with Coach and Powerlifter, Eric Cressey
Defending the Deadlift: An Interview with Coach and Powerlifter, Eric Cr...
If you needed an expert on Russian writer, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, you might contact Daniel Mahoney, a professor at Assumption College. For an expert on squatting, there’s Fred “Dr. Squat” Hatfield of the International Sports Sciences Association.
The Evolution of Rehabilitation and Why RICE Sucks
The Evolution of Rehabilitation and Why RICE Sucks
The rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) regimen sucks, at least the standard “R” and “I” portions. I will tell you why and give you an alternative.
No Pain, No Gain?
No Pain, No Gain?
Over the last decade of training, I’ve had many people throw several different training “myths” out at me. Whether it was “lifting stunts your growth” or “eating too much protein shuts down your kidneys” or “too much strength will hurt your martial arts,” I’ve heard them all. Two myths I hear most often are regarding soreness and training.
Guard Your Thoughts
Guard Your Thoughts
November 13, 2005 is a day that I will never forget. I was competing at the IPA nationals in York, Pennsylvania, and on my opening squat attempt, I lost my balance.
When Surgery Is Not an Option
When Surgery Is Not an Option
To all my fellow lower back pain sufferers who have subjected themselves to needless surgeries, cortisone shots, and therapies that flat out don’t work, here is my story.
The Female Knee, the Athletic Knee
The Female Knee, the Athletic Knee
“Girls are stronger. Boys are stinky”
And You Thought You had it Tough
And You Thought You had it Tough
“Well, I stand up next to a mountain I chop it down with the edge of my hand.” –Jimi
Young Throwing Athletes: The Specifics of Shoulder Care & Longevity
Young Throwing Athletes: The Specifics of Shoulder Care & Longevity
I feel it is the responsibility of any trainer or coach working with young throwing athletes to have a solid working knowledge of the shoulder.
Shoulder Rehab 101
Shoulder Rehab 101
I am going to attempt to provide the reader a generic blue print for individuals suffering from an acute shoulder problem to a chronic condition.
ACL Injuries & Young Female Athletes
ACL Injuries & Young Female Athletes
There has been an epidemic of sorts in the past few years regarding ACL injuries and young female athletes.
A Career Liability - ACL Injuries in Females
A Career Liability - ACL Injuries in Females
Female athletes are more prone to anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries than males. Depending on the study, comparing male and female athletes, females are said to be anywhere from 4 to 6 times more likely to tear their ACL.
Some Nerve
Some Nerve
The nervous system of athletes in speed and power sports can be enhanced by various means such as coordination exercises, structural work, and traditional power lifting methods.
John Bott's Squat Rehabilitation Program
John Bott's Squat Rehabilitation Program
On June 17, 2000 while competing in the IPA York Barbell Strength Spectacular I completely ruptured my right patella tendon while setting up with my opening squat attempt of 780 pounds.
Restoration, Part 2
Restoration, Part 2
Last month I addressed the restorative measures of ice, massage, and rest to aid recovery. These methods are designed to not only increase workout performance and reduce injury, but help you feel better when you’re not training. Other useful methods include stretching, diet, supplementation, stimulants, and contrast methods.
Restoration Methods
Restoration Methods
Now that you have moved your total training volume higher and your training frequency is higher, you may be wondering, “How do I recover from the increased workload?”

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