22 May The “Gap” In Physical Therapy (Why Most Physical Therapists Don’t Understand Strength And What We Can Do About It)

I was recently talking to a top strength coach.

He was telling me about his experience at a strength seminar where he was doing a presentation for a group of physical therapists.

What he told me was that he was shocked to discover that the group of physical therapist’s had very little knowledge of barbell training - and strength training in general, for that matter.

As a former physical therapist, I was quick to point out that there was indeed an “educational gap” in the training for physical therapists (PT’s) and that I wasn’t surprised at all by his comments.

I do think the tide is changing in today’s world.

For me personally, I was a “lifter” long before I was a PT (I’ll talk more about that in a minute).

The Gap

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01 Feb A Call To Strength

I don't usually write articles that are "rah-rah" or inspirational. While I definitely want to inspire you, that's typically not my bag to write the "rah-rah" type stuff.  My thing is more about teaching ideas, concepts, or methods that you can walk away with and apply. Well, this article is a little different. With the release of my recent book The Edge of Strength I outlined my entire approach to training and optimizing human potential through decades of experiences. I've made mistakes, but I've also learned a lot and continue to learn every day. It was the legendary George Hackenschmidt who simply stated that “a man cannot derive real enjoyment from life unless he possesses a powerful and healthy physical constitution." I believe this to be true and this is why I wrote my book.
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15 Mar How To Do The Zercher Squat – The Best Squat You’re Not Doing

The barbell zercher squat has to be the best squat that most people never do. I've never gone into a gym or training facility and observed someone performing a zercher. And, rarely do a I hear about someone incorporating zerchers into their program, yet it's such an effective and valuable squat variation that makes it almost impossible to squat improperly.
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22 Feb The Kettlebell Snatch and Aerobic Capacity (New Science)

Kettlebell Crossfit WorkoutDoes the kettlebell snatch really improve aerobic capacity? The answer may seem obvious to those who’ve expereinced the power of the full body explosive exercise, but now we have new science to support the claim. If you know anything about the kettlebell snatch, I'm sure your guess would be as good as mine in that it would improve cardiovascular fitness with the right training protocol. But, would you guess a signfiicant improvement in just a few short weeks with minimalist snatch based program? There's a brand new study that looked at the kettlebell snatch in 17 female collegiate soccer players and it's a very interesting study on the continued benefits to support the latest science in the area of kettlebell training.
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03 Feb Does Strength Training Ruin Our Joints?

If you're like me, you care about your joints. The last thing any of us would want is to have joint pain or any joint issues that limits us in any way. I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the effects of heavy strength training on our joint health. Does heavy training ruin our joints? This is a big deal if you think about the consequences of wearing down the joint surfaces and what that can mean for us in terms of pain, loss of mobility, and functional decline. This topic was prompted by a great podcast interview I had with Chad Waterbury. First, let me review some science. Then I'll share common sense and personal experience about this question so we can logically approach strength training for the long term.
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12 Jan Best Strength and Conditioning Tool Under $100 (That’s Not a Kettlebell)

There are many great tools we have to hack body fat, improve cardiovascular conditioning, and build qualities of strength. A kettlebell is obviously one of them. But, there's one tool in particular I'm a huge fan of because it builds high levels of conditioning - fast. This awesome tool is also low cost and doesn't take any space to store away.
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22 Dec 6 Killer Squat Progressions: A Practical Guide For Advancing The Squat

BBSquatIs there anything more debated in fitness than the squat? Is there anything more fundamental in fitness that the squat? The squat and it's variations are regarded as one of the most effective , if not the most effective exercise, to build total body strength and enhance functional and athletic performance. When I started training years ago, the squat was always one of my favorites and still is.
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