Managing intensity

Whether you are just beginning to strength train or are a seasoned veteran, there are variables you must manage: frequency, volume and intensity. The one-rep max Frequency refers to how…

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Ask yourself why

What’s your “why”? What drives you to want to change? To move better? To work out? To get healthy? After three decades as a kinesiologist and strength and conditioning coach,…

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Your holiday survival guide

Holiday festivities, epic meals, family parties and social gatherings… Our yearend celebrations can make skipped workouts, overeating and weight gain feel inevitable. They don’t have to be. Routines will change…

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Hamstrung by hamstrings

Dealing with injuries is a harsh reality for almost any athlete. No matter how careful you are, injuries happen. How you care for an injury determines whether the issue is…

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The pliable athlete

Building strength, speed and endurance are key to many sports. However muscle pliability is what you want for better movement. Confusing terms Don’t confuse flexibility with pliability. There is a…

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Trail running tips and technique

Highway driving is different from off-roading. The same holds true for running on a paved surface and trail running. Working a wide range of muscles The terrain is irregular and…

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Every breath you take

Those of you who train with me may tire of my repetition of the word “breathe”. However, nothing is more essential to our well-being than breathing. We do it on…

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Snow fit

As the temperatures begin climb this month, the hint of spring is in the air. However, we continue to have ample opportunity to enjoy our winter playground. Changing conditions Snow…

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Embrace your sisu

Sisu is an ancient Finnish concept that embodies courage, resilience, determination, perseverance and inner strength. It is an action-oriented mindset. Sisu allows you to take on a challenge seemingly beyond…

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Fitness is not a fad

Thirty years ago, I was a freshly certified strength and conditioning coach. Pumped and primed, I landed my first job in the fitness industry. The weight room at the YMCA…

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