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The Grip Test: Can You Hold Your Own

The Grip Test: Can You Hold Your Own

Grip strength is not only fundamental to daily function, but it looks to be be a clear indicator of cardiovascular health and mortality. Grip strength keeps popping up in fitness-related headlines. Why? Because it is so fundamental to daily function and it has been...
Muscle Science: Bigger Isn’t Stronger

Muscle Science: Bigger Isn’t Stronger

It’s inconclusive how much of a role the growth of muscle plays in the growth of strength. Sixty years after “The problem of muscle hypertrophy: a review”1 scientists at the University of Missouri decided to revisit the topic4.   Their...
The Bottoms-Up Press: Engage the Best of You

The Bottoms-Up Press: Engage the Best of You

If your training does not include the bottoms-up kettlebell press, your overhead strength and stability are not what they could be. “Wait, the bottoms-up press is more than just a nifty trick?”   That’s right! Most athletes have attempted a...
The 4-Week Christmas Strength Challenge

The 4-Week Christmas Strength Challenge

You have 4 weeks before gut busting holiday meals and some time away from the gym. Make it work. This strength cycle should help you prioritize overall squat, pull and press strength. The final week will be a test week of sorts, some lifts you will be allowed to max,...
All Diets Fail. Why Bother?

All Diets Fail. Why Bother?

Don’t believe the naysayers who will tell you everything is beyond your control. From the same newspaper (and author, Gina Kolata) who told you exercise has no impact on bone health comes a new claim: obesity is the result of environment and genetics, your...
Functional Training: Get Real!

Functional Training: Get Real!

Whether a movement can be called functional depends on the needs of the individual. Functional this, functional that… The word has overrun my social media feeds, and is the subject of countless articles across reputable and not so reputable websites. To be 100%...