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?

Monday Musts: “Pull the Slack Out”, Self Love Reminder, Pocket Food Scale and Compression Socks.

Ok it’s been a minute, but we back with a juiiicy Monday Musts for yall. So buckle up. Must do: "Pull the Slack Out" of the Bar.When you deadlift, it’s important to create tension throughout the body before you start to pull. Arms straight, bar pulled up and slack pulled out of the bar. How … Continue reading Monday Musts: “Pull the Slack Out”, Self Love Reminder, Pocket Food Scale and Compression Socks.

Sleep Deprivation: How It’s Crippling Your Fitness Goals

You hear it all the time:   “Want to lose weight? Go to bed at a decent time every night.”  “Want to get stronger? Sleep more.” “Want a better meet? Get enough sleep.” “Maxing out tomorrow, so be sure to go to bed early.”   Ok, but why? I find that often, my clients either … Continue reading Sleep Deprivation: How It’s Crippling Your Fitness Goals

Does your neck position really matter in your lifts?

Short answer: Yes. Yes it does. So it’s never really a good cue when people say to "look up" in a squat. And we've all seen the cranked head position to "help" get out of the hole. I get it, you don't want eyes down (something I’m still working on), but you don't want your … Continue reading Does your neck position really matter in your lifts?