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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Foundation

Foundation. Our lives are full of options – so much so that we get paralyzed in our analysis of how to successfully circumnavigate our health building. Although variety is the “spice of life,” a foundation built on consistency is our rock. When we lay a regulated framework for our daily habits, our health can blossom. […]

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Heavy Indian Club Swinging

Athletes improvise. Having stepped away from #trackandfield during college, I remained fervent in my training. My goal has always been to grow in my strength and power, but I never wanted these attributes to become mindless pursuits. . Athletes training for sport have a neuroplastic advantage: they move, they improvise, they integrate. . I think […]

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The Paradox of Choice

The Paradox of Choice How do we separate what matters from mere distraction? #PavelTsatsouline says, “We in the West are continually dazzled by the latest innovation, seduced by shortcuts, lured by sleek and glossy exercise machines and razzle-dazzle nutritional supplements… Human nature given an opportunity prefers choice to monotony, variety over sameness, but perhaps our affluence […]

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Hammer and Nails

As the old saying goes: “If the only tool you have is a hammer, you approach every problem as if it were a nail.” I hold this statement with great meaning in regard to our #health. We approach #healthbuilding through #exercise, #nutrition, #lifestyle, #sleep, and #stressreduction. But in the hurry of the present moment, we […]

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Balance

Balance I’ve always found the word “balance” to be nebulous. Finding equilibrium in #diet, #exercise, #work, and #play, is less of a give and take, and more a sustained effort to know thyself. In combatting #adrenalfatigue, my plan of action has been simple: use both subjective and objective measurements to know what type of #movement my body needs for that day. With #nutrition, […]

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The Workout Ends When Your Body is Recovered

The Workout Ends When Your Body is Recovered Simple right? Easy to practice? Yes. Done Correctly? No. Historically I have been guilty of pushing myself too hard without allowing adequate recovery. In my early 20’s, senior trainers would often tell me that I would have to reexamine my body’s needs and current desire to “go […]

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