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Grab Your Balls!

A New Perspective on Activation By Jim Smith, CSCS, RKC Over the last 3 years I have made a huge change in the programming for my athletes.  The warm-up that was once a formality has now become the center for the entire program. Why? Because it is that important! When I started focusing on the […]

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Knee Pain Basics Part 3

Coaching Your Way to Healthy Knees! In this final installment of our knee pain basics series, we’re going to cover specific things you can do in your training sessions to maximize your knee health. If you’ve been living under a rock the past two weeks and missed the first two installments, be sure to check […]

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Knee Pain Basics Part 2

Programming and Training Thoughts to Reduce Knee Pain In Part I of our series, we discussed my core philosophy behind knee pain, and how to address it from a theoretical standpoint.  In case you missed it, check it out via the link below: Knee Pain Basics, Part I In our second edition, we’re going to […]

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Knee Pain Basics Part 1

How To Get (And Keep!) Your Knees Healthy for a Lifetime Today we’re going to cover the basics of knee pain – whether you’re an end-user, a trainer/coach, or somewhere in between, I hope this piece gives you an understanding of my core philosophy behind long-term knee health. Rule #1 – Do No Harm! Are […]

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Understanding Your Abs

There’s been tons of talk lately about the abs, and even more specifically, the rectus abdominis (RA).  After all, everyone wants that lean, sexy six-pack before summer hits, right? Here’s the problem:  We’re still caught up in outdated training methods, and not focused on what science has brought to light over the past 5-10 years.  […]

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Re-Building the Reverse Hyper

As everyone knows, I’m a huge fan of powerlifting.  It has provided a great link between my athletic career and my love of strength training.  More importantly, I feel like the sport has molded me into the person I am today. One of the most influential people for me when I was starting out was […]

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Distance Running – Is It Healthy?

(Note from MR: This week and next I’m going to rehash some of my most popular newsletters to-date.  If you aren’t already a subscriber, be sure to fill out the form on the right-hand side and get tons of free stuff!) A few days ago, I reviewed a NY Times article which espoused the benefits […]

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Joint Mobility AND Stability

By now, everyone should be familiar with Coach Boyle’s Joint-by-Joint approach to training. In fact, I thought it was so great I tried to take it a step further in my Mobility-Stability Continuum article. (Just watch out for the NSFW pictures – I don’t get much say in what T-muscle promotes in that regard!) But […]

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Knee Stability After Knee Surgery

The other day, Bill and I were having a discussion at IFAST about training clients after knee surgery. If you read a lot of the research out there, it leads us to believe the following: 1 – If you’ve had an ACL tear, even with surgery and rehab, you could be at increased risk for […]

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Case Study: Lateral Epicondylitis

I’m going to start a new feature section for the blog that I think you’re really going to enjoy. I know many of you are interested in what we are doing that gets results.  As such, I’m going to start writing up case studies of clients in our gym that had great success with our […]

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REAL Mini Marathon Training

Today, I’m pissed off. How can I be pissed, you ask?  I’m two days out from vacation.  I shouldn’t have a care in the world! Today, all I wanted to do was write my Random Friday blog post, as I had about 8-10 great points to throw in there. But NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Today, I’m going to […]

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Avoiding Knee Pain in the Gym

After training clients and athletes of all shapes and sizes over the years, it’s no wonder why so many of them end up with knee pain. Many are left with the impression that they have genetically “bad knees.”  Others simply assume that they will no longer be able to do the extracurricular activities that they […]

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Olympic Lifting for Average Bros, Part I

The winner of our “Rock the Vote” blog post, we’re going to discuss the best ways to integrate Olympic lifts into your training program.  What I’m actually going to do is spread this out over numerous blog posts, as it’s a pretty expansive topic. DISCLAIMER:  I’m not a world-class Olympic lifting coach.  I’ve spent a […]

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Weak Torso Society

One of the consistent themes I see at IFAST when working with new clients is torso/core weakness. (Really from this point forward, I’m going to use the term “trunk” versus “core.”  It’s much more all-encompassing, and doesn’t have the negative connotations associated with the words “core training.”) It’s pretty sad when you’re getting young, healthy […]

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Q&A: Stretching Modalities

Do you still feel static stretching is the best type of stretching over passive, dynamic, AIS, etc? The question of stretching methods comes up often; so I figured this was something that would be well received within a blog post. I think one of the issues that we see is that people get too focused […]

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