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Build That Back with the Dumbbell Row

The DB row is one of those exercises that many assume is easy, simply because everyone does it. But if you walk into most commercial gyms, it’s really evident that most people DO NOT know how to do this exercise correctly! If you want a quick tutorial on how to get the most out of […]

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Casey Zavaleta on Building a Strong and Healthy Female Body

Casey Zavaleta is a functional strength coach at All Day Fit, a personal training gym based out of Toronto, Canada. Prior to her time there, Casey also worked for Toronto FC of the MLS, and got a double-major in neuroscience and dance from Indiana University. I originally crossed paths with Casey a few years back […]

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Build Your Abs AND Upper Body with the Single-Arm Dumbbell Bench Press

When it comes to training, I’m all about maximizing bang for my buck. After all, why do multiple exercises when ONE exercise can give you a ton of benefit? In this case, the single-arm dumbbell bench press is an awesome choice, because it not only strengthens the upper body, but builds a strong and stable […]

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5 Ways to Build Relationships and Rapport Faster as a Trainer or Coach

In today’s training space, there’s a lot of lip service and cliché talk about “soft skills,” “culture” and “rapport.” Am I devaluing those things in any way, shape or form? Absolutely not! In fact I believe they’re critical to maximizing your success as a trainer or coach. But here’s the thing… …with lots of so […]

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Loosen Up Stiff Shoulders with the Kettlebell Arm Bar

As I discussed a few weeks back in my face pull video, a lot of clients and athletes struggle with shoulder mobility issues. As such, we need to constantly be widening our training toolbox if we want to help those people move and feel better! The kettlebell arm bar is yet another exercise that you […]

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Matthew Ibrahim on Slow Cooking and Communication in Training

Matthew Ibrahim is the Co-Owner, Director of Strength & Conditioning and Internship Coordinator at TD Athletes Edge in Salem, MA. He has been an invited guest speaker nationally in over 10 U.S. states, which was highlighted by his presentations at Google Headquarters, Stanford University, Equinox and Lululemon, in addition to guest speaking internationally in Milan, […]

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Build Total Body Power with the Kettlebell Swing

Many people would assume that if you’re dealing with a lower body injury, that you can’t train lower body power. And that’s simply not the case! If we go way back to 2012, my good friend BJ Gaddour was talking about how he loved the kettlebell swing for developing lower body strength and power. BJ […]

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10 Keys to Building Better Basketball Players

Growing up, I was absolutely obsessed with basketball. It wasn’t uncommon for me to spend 4, 6, and sometimes upwards of 8 hours a day working on my game. And while I loved playing the game, I might love coaching basketball players even more. In this show, I cover 10 ways we can help make […]

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Face Pulls for Healthy Shoulders

When it comes to training, nothing can slow your roll faster than a set of beat up shoulders. And while your standard pressing and pulling exercises might be able to help, one of my favorite shoulder friendly exercises is the face pull. In this short video I’ll explain not only why I like the face […]

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Dr. Stuart McGill on Building the Athletic Spine

Dr. Stuart McGill is often considered to be the world’s foremost expert on spinal biomechanics. His patient list ranges from the general population to some of the world’s most elites athletes, and his work has produced over 240 peer reviewed journal papers and 4 books. In this show, Dr. McGill and I talk about a […]

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Bulletproof Your Hammies with the Nordic Hamstring Curl

One of the worst injuries in sports (or LIFE!) is pulling a hammy. So we all know we should do SOMETHING to prevent them. But what? The Nordic Hamstring is an awesome exercise for bulletproofing your hammies, but too often, I see it coached and performed incorrectly. Here’s how we do it at IFAST – […]

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Tony Gentilcore on Training, Entrepreneurship, and 90’s Hip-Hop

Tony Gentilcore was one of the co-founders of Cressey Sports Performance and worked there as a coach from 2007-2015. He now runs his own studio in Boston called CORE where he trains athletes and general population clients from all walks of life. In this show, Tony and I talk about how he programs for the […]

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Build Those Glutes with the Offset Split-Squat

Back in the day, I was a little too linear in my thinking. As a powerlifter, I thought if you wanted to get strong or build a muscle, you needed to do it in the sagittal plane. So if someone wanted to build their glutes they should do it with glute bridges, pull throughs and […]

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9 Tips for Having More Success with Gen Pop Clients

You’ve asked for it, so I’m about to deliver! I’ve had a lot of people ask lately for a show that’s solely geared towards gen pop training. And while I don’t train that population as much these days as I have in the past, I’m hoping that doesn’t discount the 18-19 years of work that […]

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Build Stability, Mobility and Strength with the Half-Kneeling Shoulder Press

A while back, I was really struggling with my home workouts. I love trying to sneak stuff in on my off-days, but the days of the home gym are long gone. Unfortunately, all my equipment has ended up at the various training spaces we work out of, so now I’m down to two kettlebells and […]

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