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Episode 007: 5 Ways to Get More From Your Conditioning Part 1 featuring Alex Tanskey

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In episode seven Alex Tanskey and Jonathan discuss five ways you can get more from your conditioning. In part one we discuss:

  • Why the word “craic” may not transfer very well from Ireland to the US
  • The book “Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Robert Sapolsky and what we can take away from his work in the area of stress and the human body.
  • Exercise as a stress reliever and when it may also be a stress amplifier
  • The difference between the aerobic, alactic and anaerobic/glcolytic energy systems
  • Why the aerobic system is king
  • Resting heart rate  (RHR) and its importance
  • Why you need to monitor your heart rate during conditioning
  • How heart rate and stress levels are inter related
  • The benefits of conditioning at low, moderate and high intensities

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Articles:

  1. Top 10 Takeaways from “Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers”
  2. 3 Ways to Get More From Your Conditioning

 

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Episode 006: Optimizing Your Strength and Exercise Goals featuring Alex Tanskey

 

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In episode six of “The Pillars of Health” Jonathan is joined by strength coach Alex Tanskey to discuss the best ways to optimize your strength and exercise goals. The guys discuss how training age can play a role in your progress in the gym, the difference between a novice and an advanced lifter and why you should know the difference. The discussion also delves into what type of training program works best for different people based on their training age, the benefits of sub maximal training, the dangers of continuously maxing out as well as how often do you really need to switch exercises in your training program? Best of all, the guys go over their all time favorite T-Pain song, a conversation you do not want to miss!

Article: “Novice or Advanced? The Answer Might Surprise You” by Alex Tanskey

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Interview with Strength Coach Alex Tanskey

When Alex Tanskey isn’t wearing quality Christmas sweaters or deadlifting over 500lbs he occasionally likes to do an interview. I sat down with Alex to listen to what he had to say about saying goodbye to long time clients before his move from Boston to North Carolina, the keys to training for life, the difference between a workout and training as well as why you need to laugh at yourself.

Warning! This interview contains knowledge bombs and a few good laughs! You should probably go ahead and listen. See audio player below.

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Episode 002: Exercise and Setting Goals featuring Alex Tanskey and Chris Mullins

In episode two of “The Pillars of Health” Jonathan sits down with Alex Tanskey and Chris Mullins to discuss how correct management of exercise can lead to a routine of sustainability, consistency and what Alex likes to call “training for life”. Setting goals can be a daunting task when it comes to exercise, the guys discuss the best ways to set goals and the steps you can take to get yourself closer to the summit of your goals.  Find us on Patreon, Instagram, Stitcher and Google Play under “The Pillars of Health”. The official music of the podcast is supplied by DJ Rugged One, the track is called “Rock Central 2.0 Beat”. Hope you guys enjoy!

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Articles of the Week:

Chris: “How to Recover when Stress Builds Up” by James Clear

Alex: “The Surprising Truth about Sugar” by Brian St. Pierre & Krista Scott-Dixon

Jonathan: “Half of Americans are Spending their Entire Pay Checks” by Anna Bahney

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Episode 001: Stress Management featuring Alex Tanskey and Chris Mullins

In the first episode of “The Pillars of Health” Jonathan is joined by his colleagues from the Training Room, Alex Tanskey and Chris Mullins to discuss stress and how to go about managing it. Over the course of the podcast the guys go into what factors cause stress in our lives, how to combat stress through different modalities of training and also how to measure stress. Hope you guys enjoy!

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Programming

The “Big Guy Pull Up Plan”

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When my collegiate soccer career began I was around 195lbs and getting pushed off the ball by American players that were stronger and built like brick houses. After my freshman year in college I decided the weight room needed to get to know me and vice versa. Nowadays I stay around the 225lb mark. Whenever I see lighter guys repping out pull ups like its nothing I think of Chad Johnson and channel my inner Ochocinco with a “child please”. Continue reading

Coaching, Strength

Improve Your Deadlift Set Up

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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