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03 Jan Can You Be Great?

This is a bold and different kind of post, unlike anything I've ever written. But the message is important and it's the perfect time of year to write this. It's not meant to motivate or inspire, but to aspire (you'll see what I mean). This isn't motivational fluff, it's a shift in mindset.

Don't worry, I've got plenty of NEW "how to" articles, lifting tips, and training advice coming here soon (and a bunch of other cool new stuff too).

This is a new year and each of us has a clean slate right now. We're all excited about our training as the year begins, right?

But, what happens in a month from now? 2 months from now?

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27 Dec The 5 Best Fitness Books Of The Year (2016 Edition)

As we begin, let me tell you this. The list here should be titled the 5 best and most unconventional fitness books of the year. These aren't the typical "mainstream" fitness books and if you've read anything before from this website, you know that's not how I roll. Now that I said that, here's my 5th year of publishing the 5 best fitness books of the year. (If you missed last year's article, see the bottom of this post). What I can say about this year's list is that the books here can improve your life - or help you improve those you work with. These are performance books to enhance sport - or life. Coming up with this list was tough. It always is. It was tough because I read some great books this year, but the truth is I can't read everything out there, so there's probably some great books that I just didn't get to (yet). I still have a stack of books that were released in 2016 that haven't been read. Who can benefit from this list? Anybody really, but this is written specifically for coaches, trainers, lifters, the serious fitness enthusiast, and or the rehab professional. It's for people who simply want the edge in lifting, in sport, and in life.
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19 Dec How To Deload (A Simple Guide To Deloading)

One question I'm asked a lot about is deloading. For me personally, deloading is one of the key contributing factors to my own training longevity. What I'll answer here are the key questions: what exactly is it, why you should use it, and how to keep it simple. THE SCENARIO Let's assume you've been training hard over the last several weeks. As a matter of fact, let's say you're just finishing a 6 week training cycle of a 5 x 5 program. What do you do after you complete the program? Well, the answer may depend on what's next or what your goals are, but in most cases after completing a structured program like this, a period of reduced volume and intensity is a pretty smart idea. That leads to the "deload."
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12 Dec Book Review: Back Mechanic

Not too long ago I was talking with a buddy about his low back pain. We were discussing the back issues he's been experiencing. As I was talking with him to understand a little more about his situation, I recommended a book that I had recently read titled "Back Mechanic" by Dr. Stuart McGill. Interestingly enough, I had seen my friend a few months later and asked him if he had picked up the book on my recommendation to take control of his low back pain (LBP). He didn't get the book and I thought that was extremely unfortunate because I knew how much the book could have helped him. That leads me to this book review, which is now long overdue.
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12 Dec 2 Important Questions – Weightlifting Advice From Greg Everett

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to chat with top weightlifting coach and multi-book author, Greg Everett. Greg is the mastermind behind Catalyst Athletics and I'm a huge fan of his work - and his books. I had 2 important training questions for Greg. Of course, these questions are specific to weightlifting, but I think his answers could be extrapolated to other areas of strength and performance training, as well. Here are the questions.
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13 Oct Mobility or Stability? Making Sense Of An Ongoing Debate.

Mobility, mobility, mobility. We hear about it all the time and we all need more mobility, right? Mobility is very important and I'm even working on a new program right now to improve mobility (although it actually addresses much more than that). But what about stability and how important is stability in strength and performance training? Is mobility more important or is it stability that really matters most? First, let's get a clear definition of each. Both mobility and stability have to do with our joints and this is important to understand.
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12 Oct The 8 Pillars Of High Performance

I don't know about you, but when I think about training I think about being a high performer over a long period of time. Take a minute to think about what I just said - being a high performer over a long period. Isn't that the real goal of what we should be training for? For me, this is a radical shift in thinking over the years when I look at my training. A high performer is anyone that performs at high level in everyday life. It's anyone that operates closer to their physical potential on a consistent basis. What does it take to be successful in your training? What does it take to get the absolute best results from a program or training regimen? I've thought a lot about these questions and have also been fortunate to have had countless discussions with world-class authorities and experts all over the world in the fitness industry. To be highly successful in health, fitness, and athletics, I think it comes down to the 8 Pillars of High Performance. What's important to know is that when you have all of these pillars working for you - you can become unstoppable.
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26 May Straight Bar Vs. Hex Bar Deadlifts – Is One Better Than The Other?

There's a brand new study comparing muscle activation and power with the straight bar versus the hex bar deadlift. Is one style or variation better than the other? This study definitely sheds some light on that question. And it’s also a really interesting and exciting study, so let's take a look. The new study comes from the May 2016 issue of the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. The title of the study is An Examination of Muscle Activation and Power Characteristics While Performing The Deadlift Exercise With Straight and Hexagonal Barbells.
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