Think You Don’t Need to Deload? Ehh, Think Again.

Although boring, a deload (aka a recovery phase) if done properly, can be pretty beneficial for athletes. And I’ll tell you why.   What’s a deload? A deload is a period of time where training intensities and volume are reduced, giving the athlete not complete cessation of training, but an adequate rest period. Thus, we … Continue reading Think You Don’t Need to Deload? Ehh, Think Again.

The DOs and DONTs of High Intensity Interval Training

High intensity training became popular in 2010s, and for good reason. Intense sessions take little time, make ya sweat (so you feel like you are doing some major work), and can bring about many benefits. But is HIT training helping or hurting your goals? I posted a bit about this earlier on in the week … Continue reading The DOs and DONTs of High Intensity Interval Training

Myths Debunked: Should Kids Lift Weights? Is it safe? Does it Stunt Growth?

For years, resistance training has gotten a bad rep in the youth population. And for the most part, these misconceptions are irrational. Put your daughter in (the highly dynamic an explosive sport of) gymnastics and no one bats an eye, but give her a tiny dumbbell and everyone flips out [Oh, and just for fun, … Continue reading Myths Debunked: Should Kids Lift Weights? Is it safe? Does it Stunt Growth?

Golgi Tendon Organs and What You Should Know About Them (Especially for Max Lifts)

Golgi Tendon Organs (GTOs) are proprioceptors that are located within the tendons of muscle. Specifically, they are the point where the skeletal muscle fibers insert into the tendons of a skeletal muscle.   Cool, so what do they do? GTOs monitor the tension or force within a tendon. If the tension or force becomes excessive, it … Continue reading Golgi Tendon Organs and What You Should Know About Them (Especially for Max Lifts)

The Role of Exercise Order: 5 Reasons to Train Large Muscle Groups First

The order of your training session will strongly impact your results. Read that again. It’s true. Your hormones, muscle size, energy levels and performance will alllllll change depending on which exercises you perform first. And depending on your goals, you may want to highly consider training your large muscle groups (glutes, quads, hams, chest, back) … Continue reading The Role of Exercise Order: 5 Reasons to Train Large Muscle Groups First

Eccentric Training: Is Slower, Better?

Eccentric training, which is also known as negative resistance, is a popular training style among athletes, powerlifters, bodybuilders and general fitness enthusiasts. And for good reason. And to answer the question, isss it better? Well, that depends on your goals. Eccentric training can effectively impact strength and muscle size – sometimes the increase is even … Continue reading Eccentric Training: Is Slower, Better?

The Relationship Between Planks and Performance: Is There One?

Note: Research and writing was intended for an educational project. By request, I have agreed to share. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited.       Positives to Planks:   Starting with the good. We know that core stability is … Continue reading The Relationship Between Planks and Performance: Is There One?