Should You Be Doing Trap Bar Deadlifts?

For a very long time, I saw the trap bar deadlift as the inferior counterpart to barbell deadlifts. As my knowledge of training evolved (as did my preferences and my abilities as a coach), I came to realize that there is a time and place for the trap bar deadlift in...

Auto-regulation and RPE-based Training

RPE stands for rate of perceived exertion. Originally, the RPE scale was invented to measure exertion during physical activity such as endurance exercise, with a range of 1 to 20. In strength training, Mike Tuscherer popularized the use of RPE by adjusting the scale...

Meal Frequency and Peri-Workout Nutrition

The value of nutrient timing and meal frequency has been a hot topic of debate in recent years. However, most studies have shown that, for us simple folks who aren’t making a living off of training, it just simply doesn’t matter that much. But, since there’s still a...

Strength Training Basics: Progressive Overload

In the first installment of this series, I will be introducing a concept that I hope will broaden your understanding of what drives progress in the gym, and that is the concept of progressive overload. Undoubtedly one of the most important principles underlying any...

3 Tips for a Better Squat

Before we dive into this article, let me be the first to say that squatting is anything but easy. Not only is the exercise itself physically challenging, the technical execution can be daunting for those who are still learning the lift. One of my goals as a coach is...

Everything You Need to Know About the Barbell Hip Thrust

When it comes to building a killer physique, not many features compare to a strong, bullet-proof backside. A solid pair of glutes not only looks great, but it also helps prevent injuries and enhances performance both in the gym and in the field.   Reasons to hip...