Category Archives: Physical Conditioning

Strength Training and Running

You may wonder if strength training is appropriate when you participate in another sport. For example, does strength training have a place in your training program if you are currently training for a half marathon? Strength is the most general … Continue reading

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Key Concept: Increase Tonnage Lifted

Increase tonnage lifted.  This is a simple but crucial concept I believe doesn’t receive the attention it deserves.   While exercising, rather than get caught up in how much you’re sweating, how high your heart rate is, or how much … Continue reading

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Why Women Should Lift

These days my exercise program focuses on barbell lifts, accessory work and a few sessions dedicated to lower intensity cardio every week. I’m a barbell addict and spend more time than I’d like to admit reading about strength training and … Continue reading

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Recovery – Are You Stealing Your Own Gains?

As a weightlifter, your goal is to get stronger. You may have different reasons for doing so, but you have learned that improving your ability to produce force while increasing your muscle mass is what you need to do. Getting … Continue reading

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Lessons from George Hackenschmidt

I’m a big fan of the so called “Old time strong men.” Men from the late 1800s to early 1900s who developed incredible strength — before the advent of steroids which pervades both amateur and professional sports today — through … Continue reading

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Developing Physical Abilities

The following is the introduction to Part 2 “Developing Physical Abilities” from Science of Sports Training by Thomas Kurz. I couldn’t have said it better, so I won’t even try. We are all athletes. Enjoy! -Nuey There are two sides … Continue reading

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Flat Back Does Not Mean Vertical Spine

When executing the barbell back squat, beginners typically misinterpret the “flat back” cue and try squatting with their back/torso perpendicular to the ground. Ain’t gonna work.  This flawed and unfortunately common approach not only keeps them  from lifting as heavy … Continue reading

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An Argument for Free Weights

Working out with free weights stimulates both your prime mover and stabilizer muscles. That is, you need strength in your arms and legs and chest/back (i.e., prime movers) in order to move the weight, but you also need strength in … Continue reading

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A Few Fitness Tips

Whether your goal is to lose body fat and tone up, or build strength and gain muscle… getting the body and fitness/health you want can be hard. Here are a few tips to help you: Start small. Build off the … Continue reading

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How the Barbell Back Squat Strengthens Your Core.

The saying, “Squat is King” is true for several reasons. One of which is it’s a great abdominal and lower back exercise. When the squat is performed correctly, the core muscles (i.e., abdominal, obliques, and erectors) are strengthened and developed … Continue reading

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