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November 6, 2019

Before you get all freaked out and your spine starts to disassemble itself at the mere thought of picking up a heavy barbell, there’s something you should understand:

There are countless deadlift variations.

It can be done with a barbell, yes. But also dumbbells, kettlebells, a trap bar, light weight, heavy weight, weight held in front, weight held on the sides, from a deficit, from a rack, conventional stance, sumo stance, with resistance bands, b...

July 9, 2019

Your time in the gym is never wasted. Any activity is better than none.

Still, there are certain things that would make your workout more productive, and they aren’t as common as they should be.

I can think of at least 10 specific examples…

#1 - Free Weights

For the average gym goer who just wants to get in shape or lose some weight, free weights should be priority #1.

Yet most of the popular gyms out there have way more machines than free weights.

I c...

June 19, 2019

You don’t have to experience excessive soreness to get results from your workouts.

That doesn’t mean you’ll never get sore (as you’ll learn from my example in a moment), but I’m going to show you some ways to minimize it.

Make It Stop

It’s entirely coincidental, but my calf muscles are currently so sore I look like our toddler when I go up and down the stairs of our house.

We went for a family hike a couple days ago. It was only 3 miles, so the plan...

April 29, 2019

In our culture we have a tendency to think if something is good, more of it will be even better. But we all know it’s not really true.

Too much water can kill you. Too much sun causes cancer. And too much exercise… well, that can be bad in many ways.

Here are 10 examples:

1. More Strict

When you haven’t gotten sustained results from exercise, the answer is rarely to double down and get more strict.

If you couldn’t manage 4 workouts a week at 30 minute...

February 11, 2019

Let’s be honest, if getting in shape didn’t require working out, we’d all be as ripped as a pair of jeans in the 80’s.

But it does, and we’re not.

So how do you take your stagnant relationship with your workout routine and light a fiery passion that would make a romance novelist blush?

I have 7 highly suggestive, um… suggestions.

1. Set the Mood

If your workout is giving you the eye and you feel good about it — let that set the mood for how you exerci...

January 14, 2019

Plenty of people work out.

Few get results.

Maybe working out is part of the problem.

Welcome to Earth

Picture yourself as an alien from another planet (we’ll say Uranus, just for shits and giggles).

You land on Earth at a gas station and ask to borrow a car. The owner of the car immediately hands you the keys so you don’t zap him to smithereens with your ray-gun, and says, “You’ll have to fill it with gas first.”

Now there’s a problem.

You know nothing...

May 8, 2018

There are countless videos and articles listing exercises you shouldn’t do. The claim is that they cause injury, or they’re ineffective… or both.

In my opinion, there are only 5 exercises you should avoid.

Before I list them, you need to understand why there are differing opinions on certain exercises, and what this means for you personally.

Mmmm… Cookies

Any movement can hurt you if it’s done improperly. (When I was a teenager I threw out my back gr...

January 17, 2018

Based on a true story…

You walk into the gym. From your first step in, every eye turns to you.

You’re a newbie and they can smell it on you. Someone mumbles, “You’re not from around here, are you?”

You fumble your way over to a machine. You don’t really know how it works, but you’re pretty sure you’re sitting in it backwards.

You go to push the weight and it doesn’t budge. But you push so hard you accidentally let out an audible fart.

The scent linger...

January 4, 2018

You know you should workout. But you’re just not that type of person – the “fit type” who exudes satisfaction and confidence in the gym.

Why even start a program when you know you’ll get tired of it and want to quit?

If that’s how you feel, I offer you these 4 steps:

1. Remember The 90% Rule

You don’t have to follow your program 100% to the letter 100% of the time to notice a change. 

There is basically no difference in progress between doing 90% or 1...

November 15, 2017

Everything. Hurts.

Maybe you just started exercising again. Maybe yesterday was leg day. Or maybe you just did crossfit for the first and last time.

Regardless, you’re sore. But you want to workout again. Should you do it?

Before I answer, we have to explore the reason for your pain.

Good Reasons

Being sore doesn’t necessarily indicate an effective workout. So don’t assume it’s automatically a good thing.

That said, here are a couple times when being s...

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