Category: Strength

Improve Your Deadlift Set Up

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Alex Tanskey pulling 545lbs

The hip hinge is a skill everyone needs to learn and master. From deadlifts to kettle bell swings, the hinge is a go to movement in the gym and our everyday lives. Down through the years while working with general population and athletes sprinkled in for good measure, I have seen people struggle to find their start position for a hip hinge movement, most notably the deadlift. Here is a set up protocol that will instantaneously tap into your optimal hip hinge position. Continue reading “Improve Your Deadlift Set Up”

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5 Skills You Need to Master

 

Heidi Kettlebell

Our philosophy at The Training Room is one of self empowerment. We aim to provide our clients with the knowledge and tools to lead a strong, healthy and active lifestyle. Training at the TR is a process that combines movement education with practical skill acquisition. We believe that everyone who walks through our doors should fundamentally understand what they are doing and why they are doing it. Continue reading “5 Skills You Need to Master”

5 Ways to Develop Power

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Whether its walking up a flight of stairs or jumping for a rebound in a pick up basketball game, we all need power to some degree. Seeing as I’m reading “Can You Go” by Dan John at the moment I thought this quote was appropriate, “Every time we use a technological advancement we pay a biological price”. Continue reading “5 Ways to Develop Power”

Articles of the Week

 

Over the course of the week there is a lot of reading  to catch up on. The inter web provides some great new ideas and also opens the way for discussion on many different hot topics. One that caught my eye was the discussion over knees out in the squat. Both Tony Gentilcore and Bret Contreras weighed in this week on the topic. Theres also a host of other great articles listed below.

 

My Take on The “Knees Out” Debate – Tony Gentilcore 

A Better Way to Cue “Knees Out” – Bret Contreras

How to Build Mass as a Tall Lifter – Lee Boyce 

The ReActive Warm Up – Eric Johnson and Ryan Johnson

The 10 Best Unilateral Exercises – Bret Contreras 

The Benefits of the Trap bar Deadlift – Mike Boyle (Video)

Wheat Threatens All Humans – David Perlmutter

Dementia Should be Fought With Diet – Nick Collins

 

Is Fitness an Issue for Liverpool FC?

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By Jonathan Carroll

Are the current Liverpool squad lacking a physical edge? In every game this season Brendan Rodgers’ men have fallen off the pace quite drastically in the second half of each game. Jonathan Carroll examines what may be behind the apparent lack of match prepardness.

Continue reading “Is Fitness an Issue for Liverpool FC?”

Conditioning Without Running

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Mark Rippetoe recently posted an interesting article on the misconception that you can only become conditioned through running miles. In his article “Conditioning is a Sham” Mark goes into detail on how strength is relative to certain lines of work and also that novice trainees need to plan their conditioning sparingly.

5 Reasons To Use Speed Deadlifts in Your Program

Almost everyone who works-out has at some point tried to incorporate deadlifts into their training program. A forgotten aspect of deadlifts is that they can be used to develop power and explosiveness in a similar way to Olympic lifts by using sub maximal weight. In a recent article Eric Cressey details “5 Reasons To Use Speed Deadlifts in Your Program“.

Improve Your Bench Press

 

Recently I came across this excellent post by Tony Gentilcore on how to improve your bench press in an article titled “Tips For A Bad Ass Bench Press“. Go ahead and have a read and then go straight to the gym and start benching and don’t stop until the next Twilight movie comes out, so probably a week.