Unilateral Training: Which Side First?

When you perform unilateral (one side at a time) training, the conventional thinking is that you should start with the weaker side while you're fresh and then do the stronger side afterward. Many times that strategy works well, but there's another camp that believes it's best to start with your stronger side to potentiate the nervous system, allowing you to get more out of ...

Posted Nov 15, 2016

The Hanging Bat Crunch

If basic abdominal crunches are too easy for you, here's a version that you will likely find challenging. It's called the hanging bat crunch, and it will literally turn your world upside down! Below is a demonstration from my 60-year old client, John. Pay particular attention to how he gets up to the chin-up bar and then down afterward. Believe it or not, that's the hardest ...

Posted Nov 10, 2016

Should You Train When You're Sick?

Often the knee-jerk reaction when you’re feeling sick is to avoid physical activity and to rest instead. However, exercise may be beneficial in some cases. To determine whether you should train or not, use the neck rule: When sickness occurs, training is permitted if symptoms are felt above the neck (e.g., runny nose, stuffiness, sneezing, sore throat, and/or ...

Posted Nov 3, 2016

The Most Important Variable for Muscle Hypertrophy

Several variables are important for muscle hypertrophy (growth), including how much weight you lift (intensity), how many total reps you perform (volume), and how often you lift (frequency), but there may be one variable that trumps them all… Assuming that the intensity, volume, and fequency are sufficient, the most important variable for muscle hypertrophy is the ...

Posted Nov 1, 2016

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