Slow-Wave Sleep, Aging, and Growth Hormone

Slow-Wave Sleep, Aging, and Growth Hormone While weight training lured me into the profession, my curiosity spilled over into other pockets in health, performance, anti-aging, and longevity. As technology advances and science evolves, it’s a race to keep up with all of the latest research and ideas. Here’s some interesting reading on slow-wave sleep and… Read more »

Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men

Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men People tend to fear what they don’t understand. Our propaganda machine, aka the media, often determines how people perceive things – from politics to drugs. Thirty years ago marijuana was the devil’s lettuce and now we are on the precipice of legalization. Hormones, mainly for men, fell victim to sensationalism… Read more »

Deloading – Why, When, and How (With Examples)

Deloading – Why, When, and How The dreaded “deload” – every serious trainees’ least favorite week. The psychological struggle of purposely using less weight and performing less work. Fuck that, right? This violates almost every instinct of a competitive person, but it serves a valuable purpose… If you do not properly balance your stress /… Read more »

Mixed Bike Workout

Mixed Bike Workout Even though I think most exercise bikes are really fucking uncomfortable, I do use them often in my programming. From rehabilitation to performance-enhancement, you can adjust the resistance, tempo, intervals and even range of motion to suit your needs. So while it’s a literal pain in the ass, I can’t deny the… Read more »

GPP Sample Workout + New Circuit

GPP Sample Workout + New Circuit No matter your skill level, your GPP or General Physical Preparation must be developed and revisited (maintained) in order to maximize the training process. If you want to learn more about GPP you can read my article HERE. The workout below is a sample GPP session. While the exercises are… Read more »

Analyzing the Recent Intermittent Fasting Study (TREAT Trial)

“A downside to fasting”, Intermittent fasting doesn’t work…”, “A potential downfall to fasting”. These headlines dominated health and nutrition channels this week. As with most all “news” or headline worthy content these days, their thoughtfulness typically ends at the title. The study, “Effects of Time-Restricted Eating on Weight Loss and Other Metabolic Parameters in Women… Read more »

Comparing Carbohydrate Sources

Comparing Carbohydrate Sources It seems like no matter how much time passes or research amasses, carbohydrates stay at the forefront of the diet battleground. The average person still falsely accuses carbohydrates of single-handedly “making them fat”, while the over-indulgence of carbohydrates in the American diet is a real problem. Let’s try to meet in the… Read more »

5 Exercises to Improve Acceleration

Exercises to Improve Acceleration Acceleration is inherent in every sport we play. Field and team sport athletes spend almost all of their time in the acceleration zone (0-30m), and often their first few steps are what separates them from the competition. If a basketball player can create separation within the first 1-2 steps, he’ll have… Read more »

Analyzing Sprint Mechanics with Field Sport Athletes

Analyzing Sprint Mechanics with Field Sport Athletes If you’re a strength and conditioning coach who still thinks your job is solely in the weight room, well, just find a new profession already. That’s probably the easiest part of our job, unless you consistently fuck it up by over-analyzing and fad-hopping. I spend a good deal… Read more »

Basic Body Recomposition Plan (With Training + Nutrition Samples)

Basic Body Recomposition Plan Your program doesn’t need to be sexy. Get stronger, be efficient, recover, eat sensibly. Here’s a sample: Exercise Weight training 3x per week. Cardio will be done mainly low intensity (aerobic) – 2-3x per week. Day 1 Barbell Floor Press 4 sets of 5 @ 70% (final set AMRAP) Barbell or… Read more »

building a better back

Building a Better Back – 5 Unique Back Training Exercises

Building a Better Back – 5 Unique Back Training Exercises There is nothing that completes a strong, powerful physique more than a well developed back. It is essential in almost all of the major lifts (bench, deadlift, squat) and the wider your back is – the smaller your waist looks. That’s usually a win. Not to… Read more »

Speed Workouts on the Bike

For some reason I choose to live in the tundra that is Upstate New York, so I’ve had to find ways to train speed without having outdoor access or turf long enough for speed work. This past year I purchased two Woodway Curve Treadmills so that we can perform max velocity sprint work and tempo… Read more »