Posts categorized in:

Programming

Training the Aging Athlete

(Photo credit: A. Blight; Lifter: David Ricks) I have a confession to make. I, my friends, am an aging athlete. Most days I don’t feel old. In fact, in a lot of ways I feel every bit as good as I did 10-15 years ago. Other than the very rare hangover that lasts for 2-3 […]

Continue Reading

The Get Swole Upper Body Workout

A few months back, two of the guys at IFAST came into my office with almost identical issues they needed to work around and address. Their low backs were beat-up, so big lifts like squats and deads were out (at least for the short-term). On the other hand, being young, testosterone-laden men (with spring quickly […]

Continue Reading

Big Lifts and Core Training

Yo Mike! Coach Poliquin (and others) have noted that you only need squats, deadlifts, overhead presses, etc. to build core strength. What do you think? This is an age-old question, and hopefully I can do it justice in one post. Let me begin by saying I have the utmost respect for Coach Poliquin and everything […]

Continue Reading

Lats: Friend or Foe?

The lats are an often revered muscle group. Most guys are all about getting that “V-taper” and looking jacked. For women, there’s something incredibly empowering about being about to move their own bodyweight. As such, we have tons of women coming into IFAST who have a goal to do a chin-up. But are the lats […]

Continue Reading

Do You NEED Corrective Exercises?

Note from MR: Dean Somerset is a guy I truly respect. Not only is he a great writer, but he knows corrective exercise as well as anyone I know. Dean is getting ready to launch his Post Rehab Essentials 2.0, and I thought you’d like to hear his thoughts on corrective exercise in this short […]

Continue Reading

Adding Corrective Exercise to Your Large Group Personal Training Program

Note from MR: Steve Long and Jared Woolever are two guys I have mentored for years in the fitness industry. Not only are they great guys, but they are doing amazing things for people who work in large group settings. If you work in a large group setting, or have considered doing it in the […]

Continue Reading

3 S’s for Stronger Knees

8 years ago, I suffered a knee injury that caused me to radically changed the way I look at my body. When you’re young and healthy, you may take what you have for granted. But if you’ve ever had an issue with any joint in your body, you quickly realize how important it is to […]

Continue Reading

Sexy Shoulder Function

(Photo courtesy of A. Blight) I get at least 8-10 e-mails per month that go something like this: “I jacked up my shoulders – what exercises can I do to keep training while working to fix the underlying issue?” The end goal for guys and gals like this is simple: Get back to hard and […]

Continue Reading

The Case for Big Quads

Quads get a bad rap. Trust me, I get it – the posterior chain can and should be a major player. A strong posterior chain can help you run faster, jump higher and deadlift more weight. But the quads aren’t the red-headed step-child they’re made out to be. In fact, regardless of your goal in […]

Continue Reading

Filling in Your Knowledge Gaps

We all have knowledge gaps. Those little areas of our knowledge base that just aren’t quite up to snuff. Or perhaps, just not up to our standard. I like to think of it as a wheel, and your specific areas of knowledge are like the spokes that prop that wheel up. If you’re balanced and […]

Continue Reading

Obliterating Your Weak Links

Today’s guest blog comes from Lee Boyce. Lee is a guy I have a lot of respect for, and he’s put out some great content over the years via numerous online and offline training publications.  I hope you enjoy it! – MR ——— One reason why I like Mike Robertson is because he keeps his […]

Continue Reading

Punch the Clock Workouts

This weird thing is happening, and I’m not totally sure what to do about it. No matter what I do, no matter I’m getting older. And the weird thing is, as I get older, I have more responsibility. And the worst part is with more responsibility and things going on, sometimes my “life” gets in […]

Continue Reading

4 Ways to Write Training Programs Faster

Back in the day when IFAST first opened, Bill and I were the first, last and only line of defense. We assessed every client personally. Wrote all their programs. And obviously, did all the coaching to boot. It was strange – I would be exhausted phyiscally at the end of the day (working from 5:45 […]

Continue Reading

5 Keys to Successful Strength Training

Staying true to my theme from Monday’s post, today I want to talk about the long-term development of young athletes. Last night for part of my continuing education time, I was brushing up on som materials by the Russian powerlifting coach Boris Sheiko. If you don’t know anything about Sheiko – Google the man. He’s […]

Continue Reading

Bootcamp in a Box is HERE!

If you run a bootcamp (or want to run one in the future), you need to check out Bootcamp in a Box ASAP. Bootcamp in a Box This 200-page manual and DVD set include: 6-months of done-for-your bootcamp programming, Progressions and regressions for every major exercise category, and Coaching tips, tricks and cues to make […]

Continue Reading