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Serum Testosterone: The New “How Much Do You Bench?”

Note from MR: After running my recent podcast with Dr. Ben House, it seems as though a ton of you are interested in what he has to say. And why not? I think there’s a ton of merit in being proactive about your health and well-being, versus the typical model where we only react once […]

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My Top 5 Fitness Apps

Ever since Al Gore invented the internet, technology has seen explosive growth. And in recent years, one of the biggest areas of growth in our world comes in the form of “fitness apps.” Whether it’s interval timers, apps to help improve sleep and recovery, or guided meditations, there are literally thousands fitness apps out there. […]

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Strategic Deconditioning for Athletes

Strategic Deconditioning

This is a guest post by Travis Hansen This particular training concept or technique was originally brought to light by Bryan Haycock. 1 I read a statement from Christian Thibadeau and I think he references its definition very well. Paraphrasing of course, Strategic Deconditioning is the improvement of our muscle cells “trainability” or responsiveness to […]

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The Basics of Recovery

Note from MR: Even though this is “Strength Month” here at RTS, we also know that it’s not just what you do in the gym, but what you do outside of it that’s important. As such, Sol Orwell and his crew at Examine.com are really doing good things with regards to supplementation and recovery, so […]

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20 Ways to Decrease Stress and Anxiety

If you’ve followed my blog, writing or speaking for any extended period of time, you’ve probably seen a fundamental shift in my focus. And it’s not so much even whether I’m talking corrective exercise vs. performance training. This goes a lot deeper than that. When I first got into the industry, my sole goal in […]

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6 Tips for Better Recovery

One aspect of training that I feel never gets enough exposure is the concept of improving recovery. Far too often, we’re focused on simply doing more. More reps. More sets. More exercises. More, more, more! But as we all know, this can often lead to frustration, burnout and injury. While it’s easy to  focus on […]

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Stress: The Real Epidemic

The following is a guest blog from my good friend Dan Brown. Enjoy! – MR ————— I was doing some research on energy systems and was looking at differences between animals and humans (yawn). With a few clicks of the mouse the next thing you know I was watching a gazelle being devoured by a […]

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Q&A: Is Static Stretching Good?

Mike – I have a question I was hoping you could possibly answer on your blog. I’ve been reading a lot lately about stretching and the various methods that can be used. While I’m still a big believer in static stretches I have slowly been becoming more familiar with stretches by Kelly Starrett and Pavel […]

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BioForce HRV Available NOW

Everyone, just a quick heads up that Joel Jamieson’s BioForce HRV is now available! He’s only got 250 units to sell, so if you’re interested, please check this out ASAP: Joel Jamieson’s BioForce HRV And for the record, I can’t wait to get my grubby little paws on mine! Stay strong MR

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Training Without Sleep

The following is a guest blog from my good friend and DC-based personal trainer, Josef Brandenburg. Enjoy! – MR “What am I supposed to do with my workouts when I can’t sleep?” We get this question from members sometimes. There is a very good practical answer, however, first, there is a very important mindset shift […]

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12 Ways to Improve Recovery

Last week I submitted my next piece for T-Nation . The jist of it was simple: It’s not how often or how hard you can train. The real question is, how well can you recover between sessions? While many are focused on training harder or more frequently, they’re only looking at half the equation. If […]

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Top 10 Posts of 2010

With the year winding down, I thought today might be an appropriate time to do a year-end Top 10 post. This is really helpful for two reasons: It helps me understand what you guys want and enjoy reading the most, and It’s typically strong content that many of you may have never even seen before!

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Sleep 101

Is sleep the final piece of your training puzzle? Several months ago, I posted a blog called “The 3 Pillars of Training.” For those of you who aren’t interested in reading the entire post, let me summarize: The 3 key components of seeing progress, regardless of your goals, are training, nutrition and recovery. Obviously, more […]

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The Deep Front Line

(Note from MR: Patrick Ward is someone that I haven’t met, but I’ve followed for quite some time online.  He’s a pragmatic and rational coach/therapist, and that’s why I knew he’d deliver a great piece of content to the site.  Enjoy!) ———- Thomas Myers, a former student of Ida Rolf (the founder of Rolfing), has […]

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Practical flexibility applications

I’ve received a lot of questions regarding my stretching lately, especially after my 531 post, so I figured this would be a good opportunity to describe what I have going on and how I’m addressing it. In the Indy Seminar Series DVD’s, Bill outlines how to determine if a muscle is stiff or short.  In […]

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