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When Can My Youth Athlete Start Strength Training?

I get asked this question at least once a week and my response tends to shock people at first. Most parents of athletes have at least educated themselves enough on the subject to know enough that heavy weights shouldn’t attempted until they hits thirteen or so. They have been told or heard that the heavy […]

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Top 10 Quick Facts About Unilateral Leg Training


1. It engages the quadratus lumborum, glute medius and adductors – muscles that don’t get used in a two-leg squat
 2. Bodyweight is a LOT more of a resistance tool.
 3. The absolute definition of “functional training”
 4. You no longer neglect the stabilizers 
5. You can train for quad-dominant or hip-dominant with the same […]

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Top 14 Ways To Boost Your Intensity In Your Strength Training Workouts


1. Triple Drops: 2-3 sets x 10/10/10 reps
This is a descending set protocol. Start with a rep range that is set lower than standard hypertrophy ranges. Use a weight that will allow you to fail around those reps (3-5). Train till failure, drop at least 20% and continue with the next weight with little (20 […]

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When Can My Youth Athlete Start Strength Training?

I get asked this question at least once a week and my response tends to shock people at first. Most parents of athletes have at least educated themselves enough on the subject to know enough that heavy weights shouldn’t attempted until they hits thirteen or so. They have been told or heard that the heavy […]

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Top 5 Toughest Squat Workout Routines plus a Bonus!


Based on the attention my last post got, I decided to post early my next installment, The Top 5 Toughest Squat Workouts. In no certain order, let’s jump into it!
 1. Defendis Squats. I was lucky to have worked out with the great John Defendis back in the eighties when he and Mr America Steve […]

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