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The Kettlebell Swing and Power Development

What is the purpose of a kettlebell swing?  The purpose is to develop power in a horizontal direction and link the force generated by the feet pushing into the ground up the legs and hips and up the core to … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Delayed Muscle Soreness

Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) occurs 12-24 hours after you performed a new exercise at too high of a volume or intensity that the body was not ready to handle. Can anyone relate to going for a random run with … Continue reading

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Why The Miles Matter: The Nessecity of Long Slow Distance

During the off-season most endurance athletes are out there “building a base”.  The purpose of the base building period is to develop basic aerobic fitness and metabolic efficiency through better fat oxidation during your specified sport activity (running, cycling, swimming). … Continue reading

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Lactate Threshold: Application to Aerobic Training

The lactate threshold (LT) is a very important measure of cardiorespiratory endurance as it indicates the ability of the active muscles to sustain aerobic metabolism.  The LT is defined as the point in time during increasing exercise intensity when the … Continue reading

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Energy Requirements & Metabolism FOOD = FUEL:  The macronutrients our bodies require for optimal health is carbohydrate (CHO), fat, protein. It is important that we consume the right proportions of each macronutrient in order to…

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A Critical Review of CrossFit

CrossFit boasts a high intensity random circuit-like training program that “forges elite fitness”.  The hype and bravado of the crossfit cult is not just obnoxious but also defies all sensibility in the approach to training.  No doubt the intensity of … Continue reading

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Mindful vs. Mindless Repetitions

In regards to resistance training, practice doesn’t lead to perfect. There is a difference between practicing an exercise and practicing an exercise well.  The latter allows true neuro-muscular development.  For optimal muscular adaptations you must be aware of your body … Continue reading

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Plyometric Training: who needs it? when do you do it? how do you do it?

Plyometric exercise is a training technique that was designed specifically to improve an athlete’s ability to perform explosive power through manipulation of elastic properties of the muscle’s connective tissue and the muscle’s stretch reflex protective mechanism. Plyometric exercises are meant … Continue reading

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Pros and Cons of Strength Training to Failure

The Pros and Cons of Training a Muscle Failure Research has shown that performing multiple sets is superior to single sets (1, 2). For example, if you perform 3 sets 8 squats you will achieve greater strength gains than if … Continue reading

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