All Posts by John Parker

Testosterone

As a functional health practitioner, I’ve seen a huge decline in men’s testosterone over my career. This could be due to environmental factors, high stress, toxic chemical exposure, sedentary lifestyles, or piss-poor nutrition. Ultimately, the health of our hormones dictates our motivation, physical and mental performance, and graceful aging.

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Hanging Leg Raise

The Hanging Leg Raise (HLR) is one of the most difficult abdominal exercises. It requires tremendous lower abdominal strength mixed with hamstring flexibility and grip strength. Most people that I see attempt the HLR cheat the movement by only firing their #hipflexors while pulling their torso up with their #lats.

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Hip Mobility Sequence

Hip Mobility Sequence. When I started #climbing 1.5 years ago, I knew that improving my #hipmobility would be a worthy investment. As part of my warmup, I perform this sequence for 1-2 rounds as a safeguard for my hip and knee health.As a note, this sequence incorporates #ballisticstretching, #dynamicstretching, and #staticstretching. I’ve always had poor internal rotation of my hips from years […]

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Minutiae

It’s too easy to get caught up in the minutiae of making a living. If you’re lucky enough to have an occupation that you’re truly passionate about, that helps the common good, and serves a greater purpose, then you’re one of the select few. For many of us, work is about making money, and in […]

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Slow and Steady

Slow and Steady. The more I learn about human physiology, the more inclined I am to tell my clients that slow and steady wins the race. In American Culture, we are committed to high productivity to our chagrin. Although our work ethic reflects in our incredible achievements, the body can only take so much. I […]

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Cannabis

Cannabis My job as an educator is to share my experiences with my students. I strive to analyze the costs and benefits of supplementation and lifestyle interventions to better myself and those around me. I have long been a fan of cannabis. Using #THC has brought my creativity and problem solving to new heights. #CBD has helped me ward […]

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Recovery – Persian Meel

During weeks like this, I still move, just not intensely. Although I believe in “days off,” I think that movement should still be prioritized. This could mean engaging in your normal training, but with less volume and intensity overall. Some of these days should be about light cardiovascular work, mobility work and stretching, or general movement.

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Back Squat Warm Up

Back Squat Warm Up. After years of coaching the #back squat, I believe it’s the most bang-for-your-buck movement for #lowerbody #strength and #power. But I see a common mistake with trainee’s back squat mechanics. They focus only on using the legs to lift the weight. They should focus on pushing away from the earth while simultaneously extending their back into the bar. Powerlifters know […]

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Rotation

Rotation Humans move in 3 dimensions. Movement is the product of our muscle, skeletal, and neural tissue interacting with one another to create fluidity in motion. In the gym setting, we #strengthtrain to promote cohesion among these tissues. Exercises like the #deadlift, #squat, #press, and #pull create complex movement patters that challenge our bodies to get stronger. Although these exercises are […]

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