Tag: Strength

The 4 Pillars of Health: Live Your Best Life

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When I’m asked, “Whats the best thing to do for ________ “. The last word of that question usually falls into one of four categories. These four categories are what I like to call the “Pillars of Health”. People come to the Training Room in order to improve themselves and that doesn’t stop at learning how to correctly go about strength training. As coaches it is our responsibility to educate everyone we come in contact with on the 4 Pillars of Health and how working to improve each one can lead to living your best life. Here’s to feeling good all the time! (obligatory Seinfeld reference)

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Coaches Series – Part 5 – Kyle Holland

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This week the “Coaches Series” welcomes strength coach Kyle Holland of EXOS. Kyle is a wealth of information and experience in the strength and conditioning field. I was lucky enough to work alongside him at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning where I learned a lot from him and I still continue to learn from him to this day. Knowledge bombs are dropped daily on his twitter account and if you don’t follow him already, you need to. Enjoy this weeks interview and I hope you gain some new knowledge from it to take forward into your coaching.

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Coaches Series – Part 2 – Joe Young

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In this weeks installment of the coaches series we talk to Physical Therapist & Strength Coach Joe Young of “Young Performance”. I met Joe while at Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning and we have developed our bromance ever since then. Joe is super intelligent, a great coach and also one of the nicest guys you’ll ever come across. We are both Uber connoisseurs thanks to a recent trip to Indianaplois for a conditioning seminar. Here’s what he had to say on who has had the biggest influence on his coaching career, business ownership, internships, continuing education as well as his funniest coaching memory to date. Continue reading “Coaches Series – Part 2 – Joe Young”

The Week in Review……

There are some weeks that there are so many books, articles, videos, sporting events and or possibly anything else that catch my eye. This is simply a weekly synopsis of what I came across.

1. Joel Jamieson’s “Ultimate MMA Conditioning”

A must read for all strength and conditioning coaches. Joel breaks down how he gets his fighters in prime condition for their next fight. A great insight into the tailored approach of conditioning he uses. He also dispels the idea that aerobic conditioning is of no use to anyone except long distance runners. You can purchase “Ultimate MMA Conditioning” here.

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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

 

Label Language Explained

By Jonathan Carroll

Ever wonder is there a difference between 100% Organic and Organic on your groceries? Well there is. Take a look at this helpful “Label Language” to distinguish between different claims made on produce in supermarkets all over the world. Know exactly what you’re getting. Check the article out here on Prevention.com

 

5 Mistakes You Should Avoid as a Trainer and Coach

An excellent insight into some of the most common mistakes committed by trainers early on in their careers. Recently published by Tony Gentilcore (@tonygentilcore1 ) on his own website, the article (5 Mistakes I made as a Trainer and Coach that You Should Avoid) outlines some pitfalls we have all fallen into and if you say you haven’t then you’re a liar.

 

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.