Use a Descending Repetition Scheme to Build Strength

There is a lot of science – and exponentially more opinions out there – as to the best set/reps scheme to use in order to build strength. And as I’ve said, I’ve used them all both in my workouts and in the workouts of my clients and sports teams. Recently I’ve done a lot of […]

Weight Training is Beneficial for Breast Cancer Survivors

A study published in the latest edition of the New England Journal of Medicine weight training can help minimize the effects of lymphedema, a build up of fluids that causes painful swelling in the arms and/or hands. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania found that regular weight training exercises actually helped minimize this painful swelling […]

Sledgehammer Training for Lacrosse

Sledgehammer training is a great non-traditional method that can improve functional strength for lacrosse. Regardless of the phase of training, sledgehammer training is a low-tech, inexpensive, highly effective sport-specific method of training for lacrosse.  The demands placed on the body – specifically true core strength – by shooting and passing motions make sledgehammer training an […]

The Amazing Benefits Of Kettlebell Workouts

One of the latest phenomenon’s taking the exercise world by storm is the kettlebell.  A kettlebell is an iron weight that looks like a bowling ball or a cannonball with a built in handle.  Kettlebell exercises provide many key workout benefits and are proving to be more than just a passing fad.  Since kettlebells work […]

Does Your Personal Trainer Have You Squat in the Smith Machine?

Personal trainers who have clients squat in the Smith machine are lazy, ignorant or an unflattering combination of both. The squat is the king of exercises and I have written about the importance of working with a personal trainer who knows how to teach this exercise.  There is a reliable progression trainers must follow and […]

Health and Fitness Advice Training Journal: 20 Repetition Set of Squats, Part 4

The final workout of our 20-repetition set of squats was the toughest one yet and since Jill did the best job. The 20-repetition set of squats has been the one of the toughest workouts that I’ve included in my routine over the past 10 years.  The workout is as brutal as it is simple; one […]

The Health and Fitness Advice Training Journal, 20 Repetition Set of Squats Part 2

The flu bug has messed up my plans to present Jills’ progress with the 20-rep squats workout, so this week you’re stuck with me. One set of 20-repetition squats – if done properly – is one of the most difficult workouts that you can do.  Personal trainers and gym rats who squat properly should take […]

Complex Training

Complex Training is an effective and efficient method of training that is appropriate for people of all ages and ability levels. Personal trainers, competitive athletes and weekend warriors can benefit from Complex Training. The term “complex” connotes the stringing together of a series of compound movements into one multi-repetition set, or “training complex.”  The theory […]

Kettlebell Snatch and One Legged Box Jumps Superset

The Kettlebell snatch, one-legged box jump high-intensity superset will improve explosiveness and overall conditioning. I’m a big fan of high-intensity/low-volume workouts, as this kind of workout is way more efficient and effective than low-intensity/high-volume workouts.  It’s also a lot more athletic and fun. Whether you are a personal trainer or strength coach looking to add […]

Sledgehammer Training With a Weighted Vest

A weighted vest is a simple but effective way to increase the difficulty of your workouts.  Wear a weighted vest during a sledgehammer training session and feel the difference 20-pounds can make. A weighted vest is a great way to make a standard workout more difficult, combine sledgehammer training with a weighted vest and you’ll […]