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Intermittent Fasting and Cortisol

Intermittent Fasting and Cortisol

Intermittent Fasting and Cortisol This “article” started as a response to a Facebook thread I was tagged in yesterday where people were warning the original poster about exercising in the morning on an empty stomach due to it raising cortisol. So let’s examine this very quickly. Exercise also raises cortisol, so should we not exercise?… Read more »

How Low Should You Squat?

How Low Should You Squat?

How Low Should You Squat? So how low should you squat? The short, simple answer is: Whichever is the safest, most effective way for you to reach your desired goal. The article could literally end here, but in case you are looking for a little more depth… Here’s your checklist to finding your depth: Why am… Read more »

My 5 Most Popular Articles

My 5 Most Popular Articles

My 5 Most Popular Articles I’m approaching five years on my website and I’ve been admittedly inconsistent with posting due to some new projects in the works. Over the last five years I have written hundreds of different articles – from training to nutrition. Based on visits, I compiled my 5 most popular articles these… Read more »

Intermittent Fasting Cliff Notes

  Intermittent Fasting Cliff Notes Well, it’s 2017 and even though we have access to more information than ever before, there is still an abundance of outdated, hilariously wrong, agenda-pushing nutrition advice. I would consider myself pretty well-versed on the current and previous scientific literature regarding exercise and nutrition. I’m lucky enough to enjoy it,… Read more »

Recovery Circuit

I trained with a decent amount of volume and intensity this week so I used a bodyweight recovery circuit today. I’m still rehabbing my torn labrum and it has felt great recently but I’m continuing to add extra stability work (hence banded push ups, bird dogs). 5 rounds OHS x 15 Band push-ups x 10… Read more »

Contralateral Rear Foot Elevated Split Squat (RFESS)

Contralateral Rear Foot Elevated Split Squat (RFESS)

Contralateral Rear Foot Elevated Split Squat (RFESS) One of my favorite split squat variations is the contralateral rear foot elevated split squat. The position of the dumbbell requires even more stabilization from the external obliques and hip complex, so it doubles as a great way to train single leg strength and stability. With more hamstring,… Read more »

The Best Way to Bulk

The Best Way to Bulk

The Best Way to Bulk                When I wrote, Death to the Bulk and Cut Diet, I received a ton of feedback – both positive and negative. For one, I was attacking a bodybuilding staple which always ruffles feathers.  At the same time, I was bringing logic, science and results to an ineffective antiquated practice… Read more »

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5 Ab Exercises You Need to Try

5 Ab Exercises You Need to Try The more I write, the more I realize that people just want pictures and videos. I love the science behind training but most people could care less. They want some new ideas, exercises or motivation to help them succeed. Below, I’ve compiled 5 relatively unique ab exercises that… Read more »

power speed drills

Power Speed Drills

Typically done by Track and Field athletes, Power Speed drills are low intensive plyometric exercises that I use in the programming of all athletes. Unfortunately, most athletes and coaches just blow through these drills and pay no attention to form or WHY they are being placed in the program. When used properly, these drills are highly… Read more »

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Roll-out with Isometric Hold

Roll-out with Isometric Hold The traditional barbell roll-out is a great anti-extension exercise for the abdominal/lumbar region. This exercise can also be done with your elbows on a yoga ball or using an ab wheel. You should only perform this exercise if you have been taught how to create proper abdominal stiffness under tension. If you… Read more »