All About the Bench Press: Tips and More

As my most favorite lift, this informational post is LONG overdue. The bench press is one of those lifts that seems fairly simple in terms of set up and execution, however, when it comes to staying safe while attempting to add more pounds on the bar you may quickly realize how important whole-body technique is … Continue reading All About the Bench Press: Tips and More

Shoulder Impingement and Rotator Cuff Injuries: An Overview

Shoulder impingement is a common problem among athletes, especially those involved in heavy resistance training. As such, today’s topic will focus primarily on shoulder impingement and acute (key word here: acute) partial rotator cuff (RC) tears for younger individuals involved in regular athletic activity.  Shoulder pain, a common injury that affects millions, is the second … Continue reading Shoulder Impingement and Rotator Cuff Injuries: An Overview

Using Mental Imagery for Improved Performance

Imagery is a cognitive skill where you create an experience in your mind. For competitive lifters specifically, you can stimulate reality by mentally rehearsing a meet. Rehearsing successful execution of a meet, skill by skill, can increase an athlete’s confidence by providing the subconscious mind with powerful, positive memories. Here, athletes can experience meet preparedness … Continue reading Using Mental Imagery for Improved Performance

Low Bar vs High Bar Squats: Which is Right for You?

It’s no surprise that different techniques can change the resistance torque pattern during exercises and in turn, change the stress among different muscle groups. Let’s take one of the most commonly asked about exercises, low bar vs high bar squats.   During a low bar squat, the bar is placed low on the upper back … Continue reading Low Bar vs High Bar Squats: Which is Right for You?

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?