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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…

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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…

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TIPS FOR YOUR SQUAT FORM

      In the last blog I talked about how squatting is important for your health. Today I want to help you be better with your squat form. Squatting involves multiple joints and muscles to complete the task. You want to make sure that you are moving with good form, having improper form can lead…

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SQUATS ARE ESSENTIAL FOR YOUR HEALTH 

The ability to squat is a fundamental human movement that you have been capable of doing since you were toddler. It is much more than just an exercise, it is a skill that is necessary to perform certain activities. Losing the skill to squat will make life harder as you age.  So what is a…

Consistency: The Most Important Part of any Plan

Motivation is a great way to get started with your fitness journey, but it is unsustainable to rely on it. When you rely on motivation alone, what will happen is inconsistency of your plan. You can have the greatest plan for yourself, whether it is nutrition or exercise, but if you are inconsistent with that…

What are the Benefits of Strength Training, and Why Everyone Needs It 

What is strength? Before we talk about all the benefits of strength training we should talk about what strength is. First, I want to say that it is not your 1 rep max on a lift. Strength is much more than just lifting weights. A great well known coach, Pavel, defines strength as the ability…

What is Unilateral Training and Why it’s Important

Unilateral training is when you are training using one limb or one side of the body compared to lifting weights with both limbs at same time called bilateral. Example of a bilateral exercise would be a squat, lifting with both legs, and a unilateral exercise would be a rear foot elevated split squat. Mike Boyle,…

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What is Mobility and Why Everyone Should Train It

Mobility training is easily confused with flexibility, but there's a difference, and I would say mobility should be more focused. So, let's define what mobility is and how it is different from flexibility. Mobility can be best described as the active range of motion and flexibility is the passive range of motion. Mobility of a…

HOW TO BUILD MUSCLE

So your goal is to build muscle? The first step is you need to start resistance training. Resistance training is the only form of exercise that builds muscles. Another term for muscle growth that you might have heard of is hypertrophy. If your goal is to build muscle, then you will benefit from being in…