6 Simple Principles To Guide Your Strength Training

Essential Movement Patterns

Among smart folks, there are different definitions and concepts surrounding strength training. The topic can quickly become very complicated and overwhelming. Here, I aim to keep things as simple as possible and give you the basic principles that should guide your training through beginner and intermediate phases. Regardless of what program you choose, it should … Read More

Strength Standards: Are You Strong Enough?

I’ve always been a fan of standards when it comes to training. I love them as a motivational tool. They give you a goal, something to shoot for. It almost adds a bit of a competitive element to training and I consider that a bit of a psychological advantage. In this article, I’m going to … Read More

5 Posture Cues To Perfect Your Exercise Form

Front Foot Posture

Here’s the deal, great exercise form just isn’t that complicated to understand. Ask the majority of trainers and they’ll tell you they are seeing the same issues over and over again. And they are using the same cues, to try to clean things up. The reality is, great exercise form is just the ability to maintain good posture throughout … Read More

How to Train For Any Fitness Goal

Fitness Goal Focus Chart

All fitness goals usually fall into 2 categories. Aesthetic and/or performance. You can definitely get more specific than this, but these are the starting point. For example, If you want to lose fat or gain muscle, these would be aesthetic goals. If you want to get stronger or more athletic, these would be performance based goals. … Read More

How to Test Your Movement Quality

Squat Movement Test

I was 19 and ready to commit to getting stronger. I had lifted before, but really I was just moseying around the gym bullshitting. This time I was going to do things differently. I did my research and decided to do Starting Strength. Over the next 6 months, I got significantly stronger. Slowly, I started experiencing pain … Read More

How to Perform a Core Stability Test On Yourself

The Core X

I use to do countless amounts of mobility work. I thought it was the ticket to success. But I could never get it to stick. I wasn’t getting lasting results because I was putting a premium on mobility work but practically ignoring stability work. Odds are you might be making a similar mistake. That’s not … Read More

How To Test Your Mobility

Hip Self Mobility Test

Mobility has blown up. 5 years ago, the word was barely uttered in the fitness world. Now, it’s everywhere. Years back, I was consumed with it. I thought it was the missing link in fitness. I thought everyone should be doing loads of mobility work. I eventually eased up on this concept. I realized mobility … Read More

How to Master Exercise Progression and Regression

Split Squat Load Position Exercise Progression

I used to associate exercise progression with volume and load. Want to progress? Add more sets, weight, and reps. I didn’t understand mobility and stability. I didn’t understand symmetry. I didn’t understand movement. I thought “ I’ll just start back squatting and then add 5 pounds each week”. I’m not saying this doesn’t make sense. … Read More