Creatine Supplementation: Can it Improve Performance?

Short answer: Yes.   (read on)   Creatine is one of the most widely used supplements among athletes, and for good reason. Personally, I don’t believe in wasting money on supplements (no magic pills or quick fixes here, hard work and consistency trumps all), but creatine consumption is something I always include in my daily … Continue reading Creatine Supplementation: Can it Improve Performance?

Warm ups, Cool Downs, and Stretching Basics

There’s a lot of info out there about stretching and how to warm up for performance. Stretch before? Stretch after? How? How long? Believe it or not, how you stretch can either hurt or help your performance. So before you start copying what someone else does in the gym, let’s clear confusion and go over … Continue reading Warm ups, Cool Downs, and Stretching Basics

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