HOW TO TRAIN YOUR CORE BETTER: PART 4 ANTI-LATERAL FLEXION

Welcome back to the discussion of your core and how to train them. This is the final installment of the core series, and if you are new and have not read the previous articles, you can check them out here: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.  This article will talk about anti-lateral flexion, what…

A personal trainer demonstrating a Palloff Press, a anti-rotational core exercise.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR CORE BETTER: PART 3 ANTI-ROTATION

    Welcome back to Part 3 on how you can train your core better.  With today's article, I will talk about how you can get started with anti-rotation core exercises.  The last two articles were about anti-extension, in the supine and prone position. If you have not read those yet, go and read them here:…

A person doing a banded deadbug exercise for core stability.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR CORE BETTER: PART 2

Here I am continuing with the discussion of your core workouts. If you have not read it yet, go and read part 1 on how to train your core better.   In the last article, I go into what the core is and how to train it in different planes of motion. I go into detail…

guy performing a core exercise with an ab roller

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR CORE BETTER: PART 1

How do you train your core?  Are you only focused on your abs that you can see?  If you train your core and only focus on the abs, you are missing an opportunity to build stability with your torso.  The lack of stability in your core will be your limiting factor for strength training, athletic…

split stance, split squats, progressions

HOW TO DO A SPLIT SQUAT WITH PROGRESSIONS 

Everyday we are in a split stance at some point. For most people it’s just walking around, or they go for a run. That alone should tell you that we need to incorporate split stance squats into your routine. Split stance squats are more functional, meaning it will carry over to real world activities, in…

power development

WHAT IS POWER DEVELOPMENT AND WHY EVERYONE NEEDS IT

Power development is not just for the athletes, everybody in some capacity displays power. To keep it simple, power is strength and speed, or to put in a physics equation, Force x Velocity. It is the ability to recruit a lot of motor units into movement, and being able to do it quickly. A great…

Rest day, off day, Recovery day

WHY YOUR RECOVERY IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS TRAINING 

Recovery matters more than you think when it comes to your training.  The topic about recovery isn't talked about as much, because it's not a sexy topic. For real, it’s not as exciting as getting that new PR on a lift. Though it’s not exciting, it's probably one of the most important aspects of your…

squat safety bar

WHAT IS A SQUAT SAFETY BAR

What is a squat safety bar (SSB)? Very simply, it is a bar that has two handles sticking out in the front and surrounded with padding for the upper back/ neck region and shoulders. The bar is also cambered, meaning the bar on the ends is lower than the middle. This helps move the center…

trapbar deadlift

BARBELL VS. TRAPBAR DEADLIFT

Do you have to use a barbell when deadlift? The quick answer is no, and you will probably be better off using a trapbar for your deadlifts. The trapbar, also known as hex bar, is a hexagonal shaped barbell, and you are inside this hexagon to perform an exercise like the deadlift. The barbell has…

A personal trainer showing how to do a trapbar deadlift.

WHY YOU SHOULD LEARN TO HIP HINGE

Hinging at the hip in another movement pattern that is essential to your health. Like the squat, it is a movement that we learned as little kids and overtime we lose the skill due to lack of practice and movement. The hip hinge is a movement in the hip while maintaining a neutral spine. This…