Monday, 15 August 2016

7 Habits of Highly Lean People

Why is it that so many people find fat loss so elusive? One reason is that the diet industry doesn’t exactly have a reputation for honesty, clarity and simplicity. Another reason is that too many people are looking for the quick-fix, easy solution to a complex issue. Many wise people have told us that success leave clues. Instead of falling for the latest diet fad or quick-fix miracle promise, why not stop and look at what lean people do? Here are 7 important habits that lean people practice – consistently. 

Monday, 8 August 2016

You, Your Body Type, Your Habits and Your Results

If you want to reach your training goals, you have to understand your body type. This determines what you need to do to get the results you want. To illustrate this, I could use stories of athletes, clients and my own training. However, this time I’m going to use a story from my non-training life. Sometimes these non-training stories that provide a unique perspective and clarity that help us to see vital training lessons we may often miss. Understand these lessons, and you will better understand how to get the results you want.

Monday, 1 August 2016

The Bottom Line on Squat Depth

“Squats are the king of all exercises!” While classic muscle magazine cliché may be a bit of a stretch, squats can be a great exercise. However, to get the most out of them, you have to do them right. A big part of squat form is your depth. How low should you go? If you start asking around, you will get a different answer depending on who you ask. Powerlifter: “Thighs parallel!” Olympic-Style Weightlifter: “To the bottom.” Sport coach: “Half or quarter squats because that is as low as we go in our sport”. My answer: “It depends.” (Helpful, I know, but hang in there – I’ll elaborate). To make things more confusing, some of the latest research seems to contradict what we previously thought about squat depth. It’s time we get to the bottom of this issue of squat depth (I’m so proud of myself for that pun).

Monday, 25 July 2016

4 Diet Traps You Must Avoid to Lose Fat

Losing fat is hard work. It can be even harder in today’s diet world. With so much conflicting information, it is easy to get caught up in a diet trap. If you are serious about losing fat and keeping it off, here are 4 diet traps you can’t afford to get caught in.

Monday, 18 July 2016

5 Keys to Personalizing a Muscle Building Program

Muscle building is simple – right? Lift big, eat big and boom – you’re big. If it was that simple, then why do so many people find muscle building so elusive? Sure there are many people who train like a Pussy and eat like a bird and then complain they are not getting bigger. However, there are also tons of people who seem to be doing everything right and yet fail to gain muscle. Why? Because while the basic principles of training apply to everyone, so does the law of individuality. There are 5 specific aspects of muscle building that need to be personalized for you. If not, all your hard work can be in vain.

Monday, 11 July 2016

How to Fix Hip Shift in the Squat

Great exercises like the squat offer fantastic benefits - if they are done right. If you want to take full advantage of all the squat has to offer, you need to get your form nailed down. While there are major problems such as the heel shooting off the ground or your tail tucking, there is a subtler problem you also need to watch for – lateral hip shift. Left undetected, this movement flaw can increase low back and knee stress, create muscular strength and mobility imbalances and ingrain faulty movement patterns. This technique flaw is a symptom of an underlying problem. If you can identify what this problem is and fix it you are on your way to safer, more effective squatting. And that is just what I’ll show you how to do.

Monday, 4 July 2016

Jump Training vs. Weight Training: The Best Way to Increase Your Speed & Vertical Jump

Want to run faster and jump higher? Who doesn’t? As an athlete, you know full well that increasing your explosive power and vertical jump will help you dominate your competition. So what’s the best way to do this? Do you need some special jump training program, or should you just get to the weight room and get stronger? Is one better than the other, or is a combination of the two the secret to big hops. Let’s look at what the latest research has to say about this.