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What Can be Done to Improve Youth Football?

Recently, a huge amount of attention has been spent on the subject of safer tackling in football. I am fortunate to be part of this national debate, as last month I participated in an...

Study: CrossFit Training Poses Injury Risk, Benefits Similar to Other Programs

A study published in the November edition of the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research revealed some interesting conclusions with regard to CrossFit training, most of which is not...

Stay Away From Gimmicks Like Whole Body Vibration Machines

Over the past several years, the gimmicky gadget known as the Whole Body Vibration platform has come on the scene.  This expensive piece of equipment has been advertised as offering people a revolutionary way...

The Ab Circle Pro Gets a "Do Not Buy" Recommendation

The infomercial for the Ab Circle Pro, a piece of home abdominal “exercise equipment,” should be inducted into the “Shameless Infomercial Hall of Fame". The worst element of the fitness business is on display in...

The NFL's Heads Up Tackling Program Still Won't Work

So, I have coached an entire season of youth football, watched well over a hundred hours of youth and high school football film, watched countless other hours of live football, and watched hundreds of...

Why You Should Add A Protein Drink Into Your Daily Routine

Life is hectic.  Whether you’re a student, a parent, a working stiff or a member of any other demographic sometimes life gets in the way of healthy eating habits.  As a result too often...

Joggers Make Me Sad

Spring has sprung and with the start of good weather comes the stampede of "Painful Joggers," pounding the pavement and pounding their joints into submission. Joggers make me sad. Well meaning, hard working folks who have...

Lifting Weights Has Caused More Damage to Major League Baseball Than Steroids

Despite the hype and hyperbole surrounding Human Growth Hormone, steroids, and other Performance Enhancing Drugs, the weight room - and other conditioning methods - has caused more damage to baseball players than damage from...

Jillian Michaels' Extreme Maximum Fat Burner Dietary Supplement

It’s bad enough that Jillian Michaels enjoys humiliating the contestants on “The Biggest Loser,” but now Michaels looks to spread her sphere of humiliation by pimping her Extreme Maximum Fat Burner supplement. The supplement industry...

Ridiculous Exercises: Seated Chest and Shoulder Press

There are a lot of ridiculous things going on in gyms out there, things I feel compelled to speak out about, and against. This week's rant will focus on the ridiculousness that is the...