Dynamic Warm-Up Exercise for Upper-Back Mobility

Do you find yourself leaning forward too much during squats or unable to go heavier with deadlifts? Or do you suffer from ongoing neck and shoulder pain? These could all be signs that you lack good upper-back mobility, a common problem for anyone who works at a computer. If your weightlifting warm up amounts to doing a few light sets before your working set, you could be missing out on improved performance, mobility, and injury prevention. But a quick, full {Read More…}

Giveaway! Rubberbanditz Pull-up Bands

[Giveaway closed! Thanks to everyone who entered. See the winner here.] Pull ups will give you an athletic, strong back faster than any other exercise. They’ll also give you a badass self-confidence bump! But why can so few already-fit people do them? Getting to unassisted pull ups is all in the methodology, and I strongly believe the best way is by using pull-up bands. I know this firsthand as I’ve increased my pull ups to EIGHT and watched my clients crank out pull ups in {Read More…}

Friday Roundup: Better Bent-over Rows and 21’s

In this week’s roundup I’m sharing a few exercise videos that will help you rock your workouts. It’s not unusual to find reputable-looking videos demonstrating extremely poor form. That’s because a huge majority of exercise videos suck. It’s not just that they’re poorly made; many videos teach improper technique. At best, following their advice can slow down your progress. At worst, it can cause you to hurt yourself. Before I show you my favorite bent-over rows video and bonus technique for overloading your {Read More…}

How to Get to Pull ups Faster Using Bands

When I tell clients we’ll be doing pull ups, they’re almost always excited. There’s something empowering about actually raising your body through space using your own strength – unassisted. That’s why I use pull-up bands with clients… to get them there more quickly and reliably. What is a pull up exactly? It’s a compound upper-body movement in which you hold a bar with your hands and pull up until your chin moves past the bar. In this way, pull ups {Read More…}

The How-to Guide for Pull ups (Guest Video) by @leanmusclematt

Pull-ups are one of those exercises that everyone wants to do but few can. Why? Because pull-ups require a lot of upper-body strength and are best worked up to using small steps. So I was excited when my friend and fellow fitoholic Lean Muscle Matt created this how-to video on how to rock them. Check out his tips – and let me know how you’re doing! Matt is a Certified Public Accountant and blogging fitness freak. After starting his fitness {Read More…}

A Day in the Gym: Back Day

By the time I walk into the gym I’ve already been anticipating getting my heart rate up, gripping the iron, and feeling my body come alive. I’m pumped for some crazy gym love. And I know my approach and goals. On this particular day I’m training my favorite muscle group – back. Earlier in the day I’d asked my Twitter community what it is about back day that feels so crazy good. I heard, “It feels powerful.” “You can go {Read More…}