In today's blog entry I want to provide template for designing your own exercise program. Program design is challenging and can become complicated the more specialized and specific you want to make it. However, specificity isn't always necessary in the initial stages.
Yesterday I ran a pole on my Instagram Story that asked the question, "What is more important for increasing velocity, weighted/plyo-balls or overall strength?" In this brief blog post I will discuss which training technique is more important.
In today's post I will weigh in on the following three strength and conditioning topics:
1) When is strong, strong enough?
2) What's up with eccentric training? Is it better than concentric?
3) The number one reason you're not getting bigger/stronger
As my college baseball guys return to start the fall season, it seems appropriate to write a baseball strength and conditioning article. I spent most of this morning explaining our program and the philosophy behind it to the athletes. Of everything that we discussed today, the bench press, Olympic Weightlifting, and distance running were the hottest topics.
In a recent Facebook post I went into some detail about a basic Self Myofascial Release (SMR aka. Foam Rolling) routine. I felt that I left a few stones unturned, so I decided to go into further detail here on the Hash Fitness Blog.
Foam Rolling Routine Video <<Video>>
Starting and maintaining a workout program is not easy. If it were then trainers like me would be out of business. The biggest issue people have is not knowing where to start. With the amount of conflicting information on the Internet I can see why it is difficult for beginners to know what to do in the weight room. Below are three tips that will help you develop a plan that is safe and effective.
Since the CrossFit boom, kettlebells have become very popular in the fitness/personal training world. In this article you will learn the best ways to use them.
While half of the people who tune into my weekly blogs are those who are trying to improve their fitness, the other half are current or aspiring personal trainers. In the three years that I have been a trainer I have made a lot of progress, made many mistakes, and learned a lot from those mistakes. Though I still have much to learn, I wanted to share my early mistakes and interpretations of the industry that I truly believe in for the benefit of the new or soon-to-be trainer.
I'm not certain who originally said it but there's a quote that goes along the lines of "A smart man learns from his mistakes...A smarter man learns from the mistakes of others."
It is not enough to just start a fitness program and see some short-term progress. The goal from the onset of your fitness journey should be to make a lifestyle change and find a plan that can last forever.
So how do we create this sustainability within our fitness plan?