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:
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
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
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
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.
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“.