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
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, 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?
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.
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
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?
Often overlooked, the goblet squat can be instrumental when working around an injury, during a rehab plan, for those just starting to squat, or even for seasoned lifters looking to reinforce some basics. After my injury, and before my sports PT even let me put weight on my back again, I was ONLY allowed to … Continue reading Why I Goblet Squat (A Lot)