Overcoming Plateaus: The Lightened Method

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The LIGHTENED METHOD is one of many ways to overcome barriers. Has one of your lifts hit a plateau? Maybe the demands you’re placing on your system aren’t great enough. The LIGHTENED METHOD enables a lifter to increase demand, alter acceleration rates, and most importantly: crush that plateau! Strength comes…

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Training Logs: Log Your PR’s!

LOG YOUR PR’S! How do you know you’re improving if you don’t know where you’ve been? Every Personal Record-maximal or not-that’s important to you or your goal(s) should get logged. My log includes data like PR’s, dates, loads, volume, goals, and more. I always pay extra attention to the goal-specific…

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Crawling, Spinal Stability, and Core Strength

What does “CORE STRENGTH” really mean? To me, CORE STRENGTH means SPINAL STABILITY. Here’s Elisha Celeste putting on a brilliant display of this quality. Our spine has 3 sections: the cervical vertebrae (think neck), thoracic (think upper back), and lumbar (low back). CORE STRENGTH is important because it means we’ve…

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Strongman and Odd Object Training

Ever shake someone’s hand and it’s obvious how strong they are? Usually it’s a callused, rugged hand-unaware it’s squeezing every drop of blood out of yours. And those hands often belong to an individual making a living as a mechanic, metalworker, or from another type of manual labor. Some of…

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Physio Challenges: Do more, learn more, and perform better

Sometimes, it’s the small things that make the biggest difference. The human organism is great with adaptation. If it feels like you’ve adapted to that training program of yours or if you’re in need of a new challenge-it may be time to add in what I call “Physio Challenges.” Physio…

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Don’t Balance, Stabilize!

The words balance and stability are freely thrown around in the training industry. Yet, they have two very different meanings and produce very different results. One of these qualities trains people to look like sloppy cooked spaghetti during their workouts. The other teaches individuals how to use their bodies in…

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Training: Trust the Process

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Training is an ongoing process that never ends, it just evolves. The optimal training program can yield new levels of performance or nothing at all. Embrace the journey to surpass your goals. We all want to know how we’re progressing. Common general progress questions that come up include: Am I…

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Post-Workout Recipe: Rainbow Berry Smoothie

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Want to lose fat?  Gain muscle?  Perform optimally?  Nail down your nutrition.  A critical component of that is post-workout nutrition.  Post-workout nutrition includes what’s taken in towards the end of and immediately after workouts. Exercise is essentially controlled acute inflammation:  We increase body temperature, blood flow, break down tissues, and…

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Warming Up: Why It’s Important & How To Do It

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Do you want to prevent injuries? Perform better? Warm up! Benefits: The appropriate warm up enables individuals to utilize their full functional potential. This means peak work capacity, increased coordination/neuromuscular control, and numerous other benefits… Allows muscles to handle large loads without causing injury Tissue warming increases mobility and allows…

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