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A Kettlebell Coaching Session

Yesterday I did a one-on-one kettlebell training session with a client. And before I get any crap about 1-on-1’s, I’ll be writing a business post about that in the very near future. So try hold your sarcasm back for another week or two 🙂 Today’s post – while not uber exciting – while hopefully give […]

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The Three Step Training Process

Effective coaching of clients and athletes isn’t a rigid, cookie-cutter process. When you get down to the heart of it, high-quality coaching and training can be boiled down to three key components: Assessment Program Design, and Coaching Let’s begin by looking at the individual components, and then how their interplay manifests itself into a holistic […]

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Improving Your Bench Press Arch

Let’s be honest – everyone likes to bench press. And one of the easiest things you can do to increase your poundages (and look like more of a bad-ass) is to improve your bench press arch. Whether your goal is to compete in a powerlifting meet, or to simply move more weight than the other […]

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Blocked 90-90 Split-Squats

Sorry I’ve been out of the loop for the past week. At midnight last Wednesday night, my wife went into labor and later than evening we celebrated the birth of our baby girl, Kendall Ann Robertson! Needless to say it’s been a crazy couple of days, but hopefully we’ll get back in the swing of […]

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What I Learned at IFAST

The following is a guest blog by former intern (and now current IFAST team member) Zach Moore. I can honestly say that Zach is a special guy. He trained at our gym for close to a year while finishing up a Masters in Economics, and when he asked if we would consider taking him on […]

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Q&A Conventional Deadlift

Hey Mike, I need some work on my deadlift. After reviewing this video I definitely see a few things I need to work on. Would you care to take a look and let me know the biggest things you see that need work? Or feel free to pick it apart completely. I can handle it […]

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My Thoughts on Youth Training

As many of you already know, a huge section of our clientele at IFAST is young athletes. With kids as young as 11, up to those finishing off their high school career, I can say without reservation the most enjoyable part of my day as a coach is working with these kids. Let me tell […]

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The Coaching Progression

The other day I was working with a new(ish) client, and I was cuing her to get into proper position.  Upon completion of the set, she turned to look at me and said: “How come you never told me that before?” And my response was simple: Because you weren’t ready for that before!

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My Top 10 Fitness Books

We all have “those” books. You know the ones – they always lay next to your bed, either with dog-ears or post-it notes to mark the most important passages. These are the books that have helped mold you as a coach or trainer. Today, I thought it might be helpful to give you all some […]

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Are you following the right program?

Today, I’ve got a hypothetical question I want to ask you. Are you following the right program? And before you blindly answer “Yes” or “Of Course,” really step back and think about that for a moment.

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The 90-90 Split-Squat

Half-kneeling and split-stance exercises are beneficial for numerous athletes and trainees.  Whether your goal is to soothe knee and lower back pain, or to improve your performance on big lifts like squats and deadlifts, half-kneeling and split-stance exercises can be a fantastic addition to your program.

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Coaching Cues Comment Contest

As you guys can tell, things have been a bit slow around here.  Sorry about that – things have been a little bit more hectic than usual lately 🙂 To get things cranked back up, I figured I’d run a little contest.  Here’s what I’d like for you guys to do.

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5 Ways to Keep Your Clients (Or Yourself!) Motivated

When it comes to coaching and training, I’m definitely not a “Rah-Rah,” in your face kind of guy. But that doesn’t mean it’s not my job, on some level, to keep my clients motivated. Below are five easy tips you can use to keep your clients, or yourself, motivated towards achieving their goals in the […]

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Simple Squat Fixes

As many of you already know, my good friend and fellow strength coach is getting ready to release his new product, Show and Go next week. I know that Eric has spent the better part of two years pulling this thing together.  Writing the program, developing the video content, it all takes a ton of […]

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A Killer Chin-up Variation

In today’s edition of Exercise of the Week, we’re going to cover a sweet variation on an old-school strength exercise.

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