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…

A little girl hanging onto ropes for her exercise.

YOUR KIDS ARE WATCHING, WATCH YOUR ACTIONS

Playing in the gym YOUR HABITS DICTATE YOUR KIDS HABITS  First thing I want to say here is, I am no expert about kids or behavior. I am a dad and a personal trainer who wants what is best for my kids, and other parents and their kids. I have some thoughts and I have…

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…

squats

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…

squats Featured

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…

foot

HOW DYSFUNCTION IN YOUR FEET CAN CREATE DYSFUNCTION IN THE BODY 

Your feet matter more than you realize. I will not go heavy with the anatomy but here are some numbers for you about the feet. There are 28 bones, 33 joints, 112 ligaments, 13 extrinsic muscles (superficial/surface) and 21 intrinsic muscles (deep muscles).  The foot has a rigid structure for weight bearing and it has…