Category Archives: Physical Conditioning

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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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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Why I LOVE Being Strong

I’m kinda old fashioned and an idealist… I appreciate the effort, learning, and self-discipline required to accomplish important non-trivial goals. The tougher the challenge, the more satisfying the victory. That’s just me. When it comes to the physical and mental … Continue reading

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Dinosaur Training Summary

Here’s a nice summary on training from Brooks Kubik.  His books and website are a great source of information on old school strongman training; highly recommended. Train three days per week for about one hour per workout. Do basic exercises. … Continue reading

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Lose Belly Fat

“What ab exercises should I do to get rid of belly fat and tighten my stomach?”  I hear this all the time and just want to set the record straight. You don’t do stomach/abdominal exercises in order to shrink your … Continue reading

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