Monday, 20 March 2017

23 Combo Exercises to Switch Up a Bored Client’s Routine

Need to spice up your training? Do you want to burn some fat or have a fun way to get some conditioning before the weather gets nice? If so, combination exercises may be just what you need. Combination exercises are done by picking two exercises and alternating back and forth between the two doing one rep at a time. The trick is pairing exercises that work well together. Recently, I teamed up with my friend and colleague Shane McLean (aka The Balance Guy) to write an article for the The PTDC (Personal Trainer Development Center) on combination exercises. This is your complete guide on combination exercises with instructions on how and when to use them as well as 23 examples (with videos) of combination exercises. Check out the full article and a link to download a PDF version HERE

Also, here is a video of me coaching a front/squat with L-sit chin-up combination.

Monday, 27 February 2017

The Truth About the Bench Press

What is the most popular exercise in the gym? The answer (if we are taking about guys) is, of course the bench press. In today’s gyms the bench press is the measure of manliness, the standard of studliness and the obsession of guys trying to build big, massive pecs. The exercise is so popular that Mondays are officially known as “International Chest Day” as men all over the world folk to the bench press stations to pump up their pecs. Conversations about lifting almost always include the famous question, “What do ya bench?” But, is the bench press really worthy of such fame and attention? Will it really pack slabs of muscle on your chest? Will it really build you a big, strong upper body or will it lead to a lifetime of cranky shoulders and a lack of gains? Let’s put opinion and bias aside. Its time you learned the truth about the bench press.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Smarter Ways to Read: 7 Reading Habits That Can Boost Your Career

As I youngster, I knew I needed to read to learn about training and accelerate my career. I quickly found that while I didn't always like reading in school, training about training was fun and interesting. In those days, determining what to read was straight-forward. I just went to the local library or bookstore and picked one of the 4 books they had on strength training. However, fast-forward 20 years and we are know drowning in a sea information overload! How do you keep up with all the information out there? How do you decide what options are work your limited reading time? While I enjoy reading more than ever, I have had to figure out a way to read smarter and effectively filter information. Check out the latest article I wrote for the PTDC: Smarter Ways to Read: 7 Reading Habits That Can Boost Your Career. 

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Goal Setting 2.0 – You’re Not Done Yet!

Every new year brings new goals and those famous New Year’s Resolutions. While you have likely already set some goals for 2017, I have important news for you – you are not done yet! You are missing out on the next level of goal setting. This is the level that will help you to actually stick with your goals and effective guide you on your journey to these goals. Are you ready?

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Best of the Blog 2016

Well, that wraps up another year! To finish up 2016, here is a list of the 10 most popular posts on my blog over this last year. Whether you missed one or want a quick refresher read, here you go!

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

The Refresh & Rejuvenate Program

Ever wonder why they call Christmas time the holidays? For many people this is a very busy time of year. Also after a year of hard training, it may be time to take a break. If your body is honestly asking for a break, I've got just the program for you!

Monday, 12 December 2016

The Gravity Factor: 10 Common Ways to People Settle for Inferior Results

While life is full of uncertainties, there are certain guarantees such as death and taxes (I know, such an encouraging start to this post). There are also laws that always apply as the law of thermodynamics and today’s topic – the law of gravity. While it may sound simple, you would be amazed at how many times people set foot in the gym and try lifting free weights while failing to realize how gravity works and what that means for effective, results-producing strength training. Are you one of them?