There's a lot of great exercises for the abs and, in my opinion, none of them have anything to do with sit ups or crunches.
The key to abdominal strength and development is about training the whole body to stabilize at a high level.
What I mean is stabilizing in functional movements, not training to actively flex our trunk (as with sit ups and crunches).
One the best ways to develop abdominal strength is with basic barbell lifts.
Joe DeSena, the founder of Spartan Race, is the week's podcast guest.
In this week's show, we take on the topics of mental strength and ultimate conditioning.
You'll also hear about Joe's new book, Spartan Up.
It was great to speak to Joe and hear about how he created Spartan Race and how this has grown into such a global brand.
Joe's been an entrepreneur since the age of 8 and he has an impressive background in business and as an endurance athlete, which you'll hear about in this great interview.
This is a "rapid fire" and content rich interview session.
Exercise technique, exercise selection, and optimal nutrition are all critical components in our training success.
To get the results we want, we've got to do the the right things.
Of course, we have to know what it is we want.
Assuming we do, there is something that's so important to our success, yet it's not discussed nearly enough, in my opinion.
Jason Seib, author of Paleo Coach, is this week's podcast guest.
He's a fellow podcaster as he co-hosts The Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness Podcast with Sarah Fragoso.
Jason has a "no nonsense" approach to strength training and nutrition, as you'll hear about in this week's show.
He's an extremely passionate guy and he's got a ton great insight to share with us in this episode.
There's an exercise I have new respect for.
A seemingly simple exercise that actually provides many benefits.
The problem is many of us undervalue the exercise, shrug it off, or just flat out hate it.
I'm here to make a strong case for the burpee.
The burpee has incredible value in strength and conditioning when performed properly and when programmed correctly.
If you and I were sitting down talking right now, this is what I'd tell you about how to get results.
These are the 3 things you need to get exactly what you want.
Sorry, but it does require effort and a bit of thinking.
No BS, no fluff, just the honest truth.
Dr. Jim Afremow is a leading sports psychologist and author of a great new book titled, The Champion's Mind, How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive.
In this week's podcast session, I spoke to Dr. Afremow to discuss his concepts on developing a championship mindset for peak performance.
Here's some of what you'll learn in this episode: