Podcasts

Episode 035: Understanding the Knees featuring Chris Mullins

Chris Mullins is a Boston based strength and conditioning coach. Chris joins Jon on the podcast to discuss the knees and everything that goes with this awesome joint. The guys go over the following talking points:

  • What makes up the knee
  • Joint mechanics
  • Compensatory mechanics
  • The influence of the pelvis on the knee
  • The influence of the foot on the knee
  • How to assess troublesome knees
  • Distributing load effectively

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Podcasts

Episode 034: Lessons & Experiences from China featuring Dan McGinley

Dan McGinley is a strength and conditioning coach at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning in Woburn, Massachusetts. Dan recently spent eighteen months living and working in China with some top level Chinese athletes. Dan immersed himself in the culture and the language in order to improve his transition from life in the USA to life in China. Some of the topics covered in episode thirty four include:

  • Dan’s preferred training shoe for the gym
  • Arriving in China and initial thoughts
  • Adapting to life in a foreign country
  • How life differs in China compared to the US
  • Communicating effectively in a foreign country
  • The major social differences
  • The athlete experience and how it differs in China to the USA
  • Biggest lessons learned abroad
  • Funniest story from the trip
  • How Dan manages the four pillars of health

 

Show Notes

Book: “Sleep Smarter” by Shawn Stevenson

Application: Insight Timer for meditation

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Podcasts

Episode 025: Understanding the Deadlift featuring Alex Tanskey

Deadlifts, what are they good for? We address that question as well as many others on this episode of the pillars of health. Alex Tanskey joins Jon to discuss deadlifts, what they are exactly, why you should learn proper technique and the benefits of including them in your training program. Other talking points include:

 

  • What exactly is a hip hinge?
  • What is the point of a deadlift?
  • Why should I include deadlifts in my training?
  • Why the deadlift needs a time investment
  • Perfecting your deadlift before the kettlebell swing
  • 2 tips to improve your deadlift

Show Notes

Article: “Two Quick Ways to Transform Your Deadlift” by Alex Tanskey

Video Link: “How to Hip Hinge”

 

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Coaching, Strength

Improve Your Deadlift Set Up

Tanksey Deadlift
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

Skills, Strength

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

Miscellanous

Tweets in Review

 

Goblet-Squat

This week I cam across a great flow chart on the Toe Touch, exercises for desk jockeys, adding Rotation into a program to deal with SI Joint Pain and a knowledge bomb from Kyle Holland. Continue reading

Diet, Personal Training, Prehab, Self Improvement, Strength, Technique

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

 

Fat Loss, Strength

Conditioning Without Running

Picture courtesy of T-Nation

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.

Strength, Technique

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“.