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High School Athletes Need More Strength and Less Skill

I’ve just completed my 4th year as an athletic trainer at a pretty large high school and my eyes have been opened to the sports specialization problem among high school athletes. I work as an athletic trainer at a school with over 2,000 students and 600-700 of them are student …

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The Overhead Shrug

The trapezius, or traps as known in bro culture, can separate the men from the boys and help girls make a tank top look really good. When most people think of training the traps, and specifically the upper traps, they think of the tradition barbell shrug. But there is more …

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An Open Letter To My Daughters

Becoming a parent makes you much more aware of the world around not just you, but those you love. I see a lot of things that make me cringe about my girls growing up in this world, and especially when it comes to the fitness world. Here is a letter …

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How to Fix Your Tight Hip Flexors

In my practice as an athletic trainer, probably over 60 percent of the complaints I hear from athletes is because of tight hip flexors. Is it because they sit in a desk for 8 hours a day? Probably. Is it because they have a weak posterior chain? Probably. It is …

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Increase Your Aerobic Conditioning With Tempo Runs

There are two types of people in the world. Those who like steady-state cardio and those who despise steady-state cardio. If you have followed this blog for any time now you will know that I fall into the despise category. I would rather take ice picks to my eyeballs than …

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Why You Should Reconsider Your Body-Part Split

It is a well known fact that in most big box gyms Monday is International Chest Day. From there a lot of bros, and ladies as well, assign specific body parts to train for each of the following days. A typical week on a body-part split may look as such: …

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How You Should Lift While Trying to Lose Weight

Weight loss is often the primary goal for most people when they begins to workout. I’ve already touched on why I think cardio alone sucks when you are trying to lose weight. Sure you may lose weight, but it probably won’t be the type of weight you want to lose. …

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All About The Single-leg Romanian Deadlift

Few exercises provide the strength and stability stimulus while sparing the spine quite like the single-leg Romanian deadlift, or the RDL. Athletes and weekend warriors alike can benefit from this exercise. For athletes, it increases single-leg strength needed for sprinting, jumping, and changing directions. For the weekend warrior, the single-leg …

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Dear Psycho Trainer

Dear Psycho Trainer, I’ve seen your damage…whether it is on the treatment table as I am fixing your former or even current clients or they come to me because your training has left them broken down and dreading training. You take great pride in your ability to break people. Often …

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Why I DON’T Program the Leg Press

The leg press, an exercise that is often hotly debated, is the topic for today. Bodybuilders adore it. While the functional fitness side of the coin despises it. I would say I have a tendency to fall in line with the functional fitness folks on this topic. I don’t use …

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