Training (39)

McGill on T-Nation

Just wanted to put out a quick post to link to an interview by Chad Waterbury with the one and only Dr. Stu McGill on T-Nation. It’s worth the read for the section on flexed spine deadlifts alone. If you follow my blog, you’ve seen my previous article where I discuss how I struggled during […]

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Foam rollers or massage therapist?

There’s been a lot of interest in massage lately since the release of the new study from the research group I’m working with (1). Seems the study is resonating well within the physiotherapy and massage communities, and to a lesser extent on the strength-oriented side of the blogosphere. I’ve summarized the results previously, and also […]

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Massage, mitochondria, inflammation

I’ve received some good questions after the release of our recent study on the interaction of exercise and massage (1), but the question most relevant to this site is whether or not we would anticipate a similar result if we used strength training instead of endurance exercise. Definitely a good question, and to address it […]

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The lats & scapula debate

I thought I’d write a quick post to clear up some of the confusion that exists regarding the potential direct interaction between latissimus dorsi and the scapula. I recently read an article on t-nation and while the author never claimed that the lats attached to or directly moved the scapula, some confusion was definitely generated […]

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5 tips to make 2012 your strongest

As 2011 winds down, many people start looking to the next year and planning the changes they’ll make to their lives. While I don’t know what your resolutions are for the new year, if I could have any impact on 2012 it would be to get as many people as possible to do the following […]

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Keep it safe in the weight room

After writing my previous post on the infamous crossfit video, and how we need to learn to take calculated risks in the gym, I was inspired by a post written by Joel Runyon over on the ‘Blog of Impossible Things’. In it, he retells a training story of Bruce Lee’s and ties it into everyday […]

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Deadlifts, rounded backs, weak hips

If your goals are to either get bigger or stronger, you’re probably familiar with the deadlift. Heralded as the one true measure of strength, perhaps nothing is harder in the gym than trying to break a seemingly immovable amount of weight from it’s comfortable resting place firmly on the ground. In recent years there has […]

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Blow your nose with a barbell

With cold and flu season upon us, I received a reader question about whether or not to train when you’ve come down with a cold. I decided that the 140 characters twitter allowed wouldn’t cut it, so I’ve written a summary of the interaction of intense exercise and the immune system, and a list of […]

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4 ways to make life harder in the gym

Modern life is all about convenience – finding ways to make things quicker and easier, under the guise of fitting everything into our ever-so-‘busy’ schedules. Anyone surprised that as we’ve ‘optimized’ everything so we don’t need to work as hard or move as much, we’ve found ourselves facing ever-expanding waistlines and an obesity epidemic? So […]

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A closer look at the cambered bar

The days of gyms with only seven foot olympic bars and maybe that curvy curl bar are slowly coming to an end. Sure there are some big-box gyms where you’d be hard pressed to find a squat rack, let alone anything resembling a seven foot bar, and have to crawl through row after row of […]

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