Training With Pain

I’m pretty beat up.  I have a history of back/neck issues, shoulder surgery and I recently partially tore my tricep. Fun stuff.  Anyway, if you have been an athlete or weight-lifter for long enough, you understand that injuries are a part of this.  How can you prevent this from impeding progress in the gym? First,… Read more »

Interview With The King of Aesthetics – Frank Zane

Interview with the King of Aesthetics – Frank Zane As I drove up a long, winding hill in beautiful La Mesa, California, I couldn’t help but be a bit nervous.  I was about to interview and train with one of my idols, Frank Zane. Zane and Arnold were the two physiques that first got me… Read more »

Tips and Myths For Women Who Lift, Part 2

                In Part 1 of this series (Read Here), I discussed some mistakes I see women make with their programs, how much cardio to perform and what’s happening if you’re getting “bulky.”  This time around I want to delve a little deeper into nutrition, talk about how detrimental the scale can be and give… Read more »

Tips and Myths For Women Who Lift: Part 1

Tips and Myths For Women Who Lift: Part 1

Tips and Myths For Women Who Lift: Part 1 Wait a second, why is some guy writing an article on how women should train? Well, I work with a ton of women clients, both online and in-person. I’ve coached young female athletes to those prepping for Bikini or Figure competitions. I also deal with a lot… Read more »

What is Progression?

What is Progression?

What is progression? Far too often I see coaches or trainers blindly add more weight, prescribe crazy exercises they found on youtube, or follow a random template they took from the internet. Put simply, they throw shit at the wall to see what sticks. Progression is built upon knowing what goal you want to accomplish… Read more »

What Is Progression?

What Is Progression?

What is progression? Far too often I see coaches or trainers blindly add more weight, prescribe crazy exercises they found on youtube, or follow a random template they took from the internet. Put simply, they throw shit at the wall to see what sticks. Progression is built upon knowing what goal you want to accomplish… Read more »

I’ve Got 99 Problems but My Shoulder Ain’t One

 I’ve Got 99 Problems but My Shoulder Ain’t One Everyone wants big cannonball shoulders, but not all of us are blessed with the perfect genetics to achieve this feat. So, you pick up a muscle and fitness magazine and you see a shoulder routine that a pro “uses.” Four sets of barbell presses, four sets… Read more »

Training: Shoulder Article on Elitefts

Training: Shoulder Article on Elitefts

Check out my latest article for http://www.elitefts.net where I discuss overhead pressing, shoulder injuries + warm up, and give you some new shoulder exercises to try. I even put videos so lazy people don’t have to read as much. http://articles.elitefts.com/training-articles/ive-got-99-problems-but-my-shoulder-aint-one/

Training: Two New Exercises To Try

Training: Two New Exercises To Try

Kettlebell Mix Curl, The kettlebell is used mainly because it increases the lever arm both in the initial hammer curl and even more so during the eccentric portion of the lift. The lift should be done with total control.   Concentric Sled Pull Throughs, great work for glutes, hams, low back, hips.  

The Incredibly Long and Mildly Informative Guide to Whether or Not Olympic Lifts Should Anchor Your Training Program

The Incredibly Long and Mildly Informative Guide to Whether or Not Olympic Lifts Should Anchor Your Training Program

Written by: Anthony Mychal   Do they make you run faster? Jump higher? Do they increase your athleticism? The Olympic lifts got their “street cred” after a phantom study (phantom because I’m not sure anyone knows if it really happened) during the 1968 Olympic games in Mexico. Some research dudes lined up athletes of all sports… Read more »