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Athletic Abs

Athletic Abs   If you’re hitting the gym, chances are you want to look like you lift. That’s why six-pack abs are so coveted. But if you’re reading this blog, you also want to perform at your peak. Developing your entire core is essential to performing well on the playing field and out in the…
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Why I Don’t Use Recipes Or Meal Plans

I don’t use recipes or meal plans. Here’s why.   As a strength and nutrition coach, I often get requests for “healthy recipes” from friends, family, training clients, and random strangers who find out what I do for a living. But you know what? I don’t do recipes. At least, I very rarely use them…
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Lessons Learned from 12 Weeks with a Nutrition Coach

In the battle to get strong and lean, knowing is one thing; taking action on what you know is an entirely different beast.   As a strength and nutrition coach, I have a lot of knowledge of it takes to get leaner, stronger, and to build muscle in the gym. I just wasn’t doing it.…
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Fix Your Form: Deadlift Edition

There’s nothing quite so satisfying as picking up a crazy-heavy barbell off the floor, amiright? The deadlift is an incredible full-body exercise that improves grip strength, challenges every muscle in your posterior chain, enhances athleticism, and builds a bigger booty. Learning to properly hip hinge and working up to heavy* deadlifting can do wonders for…
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Complexes: The Simple Way To Get In & Out Of The Gym – Stat

It’s New Year resolution season, and that means throngs of people are flooding the gym to reverse their holiday weight gain. The crowds can make it challenging to get an effective workout in a busy gym! If you feel overwhelmed by the crowds and just want to get in, get sweaty, and get out –…
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Train Your Core Without Crunches

At a holiday party, a family member approached me about her back pain. “I’m really frustrated, I can’t even go for a walk without triggering pain in my lower back,” she confessed. “I know it’s because my abs are weak, but crunches only make it worse. How can I train my core without doing any…
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Fix Your Form: Squat Edition

The squat is an amazing exercise. Anyone who says it’s bad for you doesn’t know squat (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun). In seriousness, squatting isn’t bad for your hips, knees, back, or anything else you’ve been told. But squatting with bad form can lead to injury. Use the coaching tips in this article to stay…
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How To Smash Through Strength Plateaus

Have you hit a frustrating training plateau?   You hit the gym diligently, day after day, week after week, and put in the work… but you just can’t PR your lifts. You’re frustrated as heck and ready to give in, right? Don’t. They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing, over and…
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A Better Warm-Up To Improve Your Workouts & Prevent Injury

Your warm up sucks. Here’s what to do about it. The old stand-by of doing “5 minutes on the treadmill and some random stretches” before you lift is as outdated as the high school gym teacher who taught you it was the right way to warm up. Worse, this weak excuse for a warm up could…
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Upper Body Training for Skiers and Snowboarders

Ski and snowboard season is fast approaching. Now is the time for skiers and snowboarders to “get in shape” for the slopes so you can crush it from first chair to last. To most, this means cardio and legs, right? While that’s not a bad idea – you’ll certainly need strong legs and lungs this…
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