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6 Reasons to Love Front Squats

6 Reasons to Love Front Squats

Let’s cut to the chase here: front squats are incredibly underrated. Though they often have more to offer than their back-loaded cousin, they’re not quite as popular, but I’m hoping this article can change that. Before we dive in, let me preface by saying a front...

Stop Half-Assing Your Training

Stop Half-Assing Your Training

One of the things I’ve learned over my years of coaching is that many lifters, regardless of training experience, often overlook the significance of training with intent. By intent I mean the eagerness and determination to learn, apply and continuously improve. See,...

Are Unilateral Exercises Better Than Bilateral Exercises?

Are Unilateral Exercises Better Than Bilateral Exercises?

Proper exercise selection is one of the core features of any effective strength training program. Traditionally, bilateral exercises make up the bulk of most training routines, with lifts such as the squat and bench press taking precedence over unilateral exercises....

The Deadlift Series: Sumo vs. Conventional

The Deadlift Series: Sumo vs. Conventional

The sumo and conventional deadlifts are two different lifts, each with its own sets of unique benefits and drawbacks. The sumo stance is a variation that has increased in popularity over the last few years thanks to the explosion of the sport of powerlifting across...

The Deadlift Series: Creating Tension, Part 2

The Deadlift Series: Creating Tension, Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, I explained how taking the slack out of the bar can help you deadlift more efficiently, increasing tension at the onset of the lift. In today’s article, I’ll discuss another crucial aspect of the set-up that can add kilos to your lifts, while...

The Deadlift Series: Creating Tension, Part 1

The Deadlift Series: Creating Tension, Part 1

In this series, I’ll be addressing some elements of proper setup and execution that can dramatically enhance the way you deadlift. To start off, let’s talk about tension.  There are a couple of different ways to increase tension during the deadlift, so this specific...

Box Jumps for Conditioning: Is It Worth it?

Box Jumps for Conditioning: Is It Worth it?

Box jumps are a phenomenal tool for building explosive power and strength. As part of regimented plyometric training, they can help an athlete become faster, stronger and more powerful, ultimately enhancing performance where it matters. For the general population,...

Improve Your Balance and Performance: The Tripod Foot

Improve Your Balance and Performance: The Tripod Foot

When analyzing squat mechanics, a quick glance at one’s feet will tell me most of what I need to know. If the feet are pronated, supinated, or the toes are coming off the ground, I can typically expect to see a cascade of poopy events further up the kinetic chain....