Movement Monday: Diversifying Your Movement Portfolio

  We're going to talk about movement.  Before we get to that, let's talk about identity.  In a past life, I completely identified as a powerlifter.  Three years ago, I was wholly interested in my squat, bench press, and deadlift.  That was it. Today, I'm far more interested in the lines that I choose going …

New on Men’s Health: When Heavier is Easier

Lifting weights isn't hard.  It requires physical energy, but it isn't hard.  What's hard is making it a habit, and learning to lift in the first place.  How we learn to lift can often determine our level of comfort, or discomfort, in the gym. I often teach the introductory "Ninja Baptism" classes at Mark Fisher …

Should You Do High Rep Deadlifts?

1, 2, 3, 5, 20, 30, 40, 50.  These are all numbers that I like for the number of reps in a set of deadlifts. Recently, I've developed somewhat of a double standard when it comes to deadlifting.  I like traditional low rep sets in the single digits, and I'm starting to like high rep …

Hiatus: Finding Balance In Your Continuing Education

I took a hiatus from writing last week.  Each morning was spent in pajamas, accompanied by a cup of coffee, mostly in silence; and I read.  Books, articles, blogs, and everything in between.  My focus was on filling up on the best information that I could find.  I was drawing back the bowstring. For the better …

Training With Integrity Is Training Hard

I believe that I work at one of the best fitness facilities in the world.  I also train at a commercial gym. It's in vogue in strength and conditioning to lambast the uneducated or ineffective, and I do it in good humor.  Training at a commercial gym that has a meatheady atmosphere can definitely keep …