Why Men Should Care About Hormones

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In continuing my discussion about fitness and health for men, you cannot go very long these days without hearing something about testosterone and how many men suffer from not having enough of it. And this is definitely true, as testosterone levels start to decrease at the age of 30 in most men. Approximately one in every four men has low testosterone after the age of 30. In fact, in the last 20 years, the average level of testosterone has dropped … Continue reading

Men – It’s Time to Get Real about Your Fitness

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I’m a guy. I don’t ask for directions and I think I know how to fix everything and if I truly don’t know how to fix something, I’m going to pretend I do (without looking at the instruction manual). Sometimes I will have a couple too many beers and get so loud watching football it scares my 11 week old baby and gets my wife angry. Sometimes I don’t put the toilet seat down out of sheer laziness, and I … Continue reading

The Fitness Mentality for Sedentary Adults

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I am writing this article as a way to help adults develop the proper perspective and mentality when it comes to fitness. If you have struggled with fitness in your life, perhaps what you need is not just motivation or guilt to get you going. Perhaps you need a complete shift of perspective, and there are both motivational and informative tips to help you succeed in your fitness goals. This article is for the unmotivated and mostly sedentary adult. First, … Continue reading

Your Mental State During Your Workout

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It doesn’t take long to live on this earth and realize your thoughts are the most powerful influence in your life. I’ve heard this quote many times and I love it – “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” I definitely agree with this quote, and the beauty of this reality is this mentality can, and should, be applied to physical training, and it definitely needs to be taught to younger athletes. When … Continue reading

Is Your Child’s Strength and Conditioning Program Effective?

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I have seen a growing trend in fitness that has bothered me, and that is the idea that child or teen athletes should be working out for their sport to the point where it causes nausea and/or vomiting. Furthermore, workouts are pushed past the athletes’ limits by trainers or strength coaches on purpose. Somehow, this is justified as a good workout because the athlete threw up or became nauseous, when the reality is that this is almost pointless, is dangerous, … Continue reading

Strength, Power, and Athleticism

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As a strength and conditioning coach, I seek the most efficient means possible to make every athlete I work with as strong and powerful as their genetics will allow. It is very important in athletic training to define your goals and cut out what I would call “fluff exercises.” This is truly a field where 20% of all available exercise options can lead to 80% of potential growth (increased strength and power). I think an argument can also be made … Continue reading

Why do Teen Athletes Need More Muscle?

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As a strength and conditioning coach, and trainer who has been working in the fitness field for many years, I can sometimes overlook some of the basic principles when discussing my training philosophy with parents or athletes. I’ve realized one of the most overlooked topics is muscle and why it’s needed, how to get it, and how much to build. Once an athlete gets to the age of hormonal change, or puberty, there is a prime environment for muscle growth … Continue reading

Hard Work on Basic Exercises

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When I look at the current state of the fitness industry, I see a lot of good qualities. I am pleased that the health and wellness of Americans and the professional individuals that have devoted their careers to helping others get healthy are being taken very seriously. These are all great signs that we are heading in the right direction. At the same time, we must keep focus on what really works for getting people results regarding their well-being and … Continue reading

Teenage Athletes – Gaining Body Weight

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I have a good mix of clients in my training business. I work with athletes from 8 years old all the way up through college aged athletes, as well as adults of all ages looking to get lean, mobile, and strong. Perhaps the most exciting type of client I train is the teenage boy looking to gain 20-50 pounds of muscular weight in order to give himself the best possible chance he can to get extremely strong, explosive, and powerful … Continue reading

Athletics for Life

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Throughout my life, I have gone from being a soccer player, to baseball player, to volleyball player, to bodybuilder, to weight lifter, to competitive strongman athlete, to power lifter, and a whole bunch of other fitness/sport related identities in between. I love fitness and athletics so much that I will never go a day or two without doing something fitness or sport related, as it is simply engrained in me to do so. My desire now is to have the … Continue reading