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23 May Why I Started Training With Kettlebells (And Maybe You Should Too)

I’ve had some interesting conversations with friends and athletes recently about the importance of strength training. The conversations have basically been like this.

Hey Scott, I want to work on strength, what do I need to do? Tell me what really works?”

For example, I was just talking with my friend Adam. Adam is a Jujitsu athlete and he was looking for a strength solution to compliment his jujitsu training. He wanted to address the “strength gap” that he said he wasn’t getting with his current training and was feeling a little lost about what to do. I couldn’t help but think... No matter who you are or what your goals are, strength will make you better. Of course, there are many variables and factors that will depend on the type and level of strength you need. We’ll have to turf that conversation for later though. While most people are beginning to understand the importance of strength in optimizing health and maximizing performance, there are still many who haven’t quite figured out or discovered the importance of foundational strength or what that means. What is foundational strength?
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10 Mar The 3 Best Books I Read Last Year

I've done this every year for the last 7 years (this year's post is going out a bit later than usual). I reflect on the best books I that read at the end of the year and then come up with my "best of" list. In keeping tradition, I wanted to share my list of "best books" from last year (2018). There's something different about this year's list compared to the past, so let me tell you about that first. In the past, I've always listed my top 5 books. This year I have just 3 books to share with you. Why just 3 books this year? The reason is simple.
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14 Dec Trouble With Overhead Motion? A Look At Anatomical Variation In The Shoulder

Trouble with overhead motion? Is the overhead press uncomfortable or painful for you? There may be a legitimate reason why.

I've come to believe that the overhead press is one of the most important and valuable exercises for the human body. It’s not only outstanding for total shoulder strength and health, but for our entire body. Some people may not agree with my view on this and would say it’s not a necessary movement. I would disagree that, but that's another story.

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09 Dec How To Be Stronger And More Durable In Just 7 Days

Here’s a bold statement.

I know a simple, deceptive training plan that can get you stronger in just 7 days.

I know what you’re probably thinking.

Yeah right.

I can sense the skepticism and doubt because that's exactly what I'd be thinking, too.

Here's what I can tell you.

The approach I'll share with you right now will hold true for the majority of people who read this.

Not everybody, but most.

So, let me explain to you how you can very likely be stronger in just 7 days.

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16 Nov The Barbell Doesn’t Care About You

The barbell doesn't care about you. Never did, never will. It's just a piece of iron. The big, bad brother to the kettlebell and dumbbell. You can load the bar to your absolute limit, which is one of the things that makes it like nothing else. You can do things with it that you can't do with other strength, performance or muscle building tools. Arguably, it's the single greatest tool to improve your overall strength and health.
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06 Nov The Essential Guide To Farmers Walks And Loaded Carries

Loaded carries develop unrelenting strength.

The concept is simple, you pick up something heavy and go for walk.

How deceiving they are.

In addition, they’re also outstanding for conditioning, grip strength, and core strength. And, we all know that grip strength and core strength greatly contributes to full body strength. In other words, grip and core strength make us stronger, in general.

Carries also build mental toughness, strength endurance or work capacity, muscular hypertrophy, and a host of other unexplained benefits, some of which I’ll cover here.

If there’s an exercise that could probably be used in any training session, it’s the loaded carry.

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06 Jul 5 Important Life Lessons From Our European Vacation

Fresh off a European vacation, I'm always learning valuable lessons in health and strength. We're back from Santorini, Greece and other locations I'll tell you about in just a minute. My wife and I have been wanting to do a big trip like this for a decade now, maybe more. We always said, “Someday, we’ll take a big trip to Italy and Greece.” You could say that Italy and Greece were our “dream” destinations because my family is from Italy and my wife’s family is from Greece. I've been fascinated by these countries and have always wanted to travel to them. About a year ago, we decided that someday was going to be sooner rather than later. We pulled the trigger, putting our thoughts into action.
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