Energy Leaks and Developing Baseline Strength

Some fitness pros prefer to call weaknesses in our kinetic chain as “weak links.”  I prefer to call them “energy leaks” which occur through deficiencies in movement quality, tissue quality, structural integrity or programming, not just muscles. Energy leaks tend to evolve. At best, such leaks hold us back from optimal movement and performance. At worse, they create more energy leaks that lead …

The Biggest Training Mistake Every Lifter Makes

Recently on Twitter the President threw a temper tantrum my good friend Tony Gentilcore commented that “easy lifting” is oftentimes the best kind of lifting there is for creating change. Easy" lifting is oftentimes GREAT strength training. Quit it with the (excessive) sets to failure and forced reps. Not missing reps matters — Tony Gentilcore (@tonygentilcore1) March 12, 2017 Clients that …

Swapping Road Races for Powerlifting

For years, I dedicated 90% of my workouts to cardio. I ran 2-6 miles as early as 5:30am several times a week, and finished the day with an evening spin class. Even on days I focused on strength training, I still ended the workout with a run on the treadmill. Unlike most cardio bunnies, my aggressive cardio sessions were driven …

A Tale of Two Deadlifts: Be Good Enough, Not Perfect

Will all victims of perfectionism please stand up? Yes, I’m looking at you. As a recovering perfectionist, I can tell you that perfectionism is not a positive quality. It shrinks us, blocks us, and it makes us weak. Whatever our grade school teachers said about being a ‘perfect little girl’ (or boy) has unfortunately left us trapped in this endless …