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Warm-Up – Is It Really Worth It?

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Warming up has been something that has been up for debate for quite some time. I’m pretty sure Bruce Lee was always altering his methods for warming up, and even further back we can look at how martial artists warmed up, and if there are is any written history, I’d love to see how gladiators, warriors, etc warmed up. Perhaps the […]

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Why Should You Even Exercise?

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I think one question that precedes all questions is one that I’ve been asking ever since I was able to talk as a child: Why? Placing myself in the fitness, strength and conditioning, and surrounding myself with rehabilitation professionals is merely an extension of who I am, and it is also takes great amounts of self-awareness on what makes me […]

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Awareness & Culture – Two Things That Make Me Different Than Everyone Else

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Having the ability to think in different languages is a humongous thing. This is something that I’ve naturally done since I was born. My mom grew up in the Philippines, and worked in Japan. These random facts bring to light the fact that my mom was speaking Japanese, Filipino, English, and Spanish (because it is already relatively close to Filipino […]

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4 Things A Hyper-Neurotic Personal Trainer (Like Me) Can Do for a Better Life (Instead of Making Excuses or Complaining)

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Going off of my relatively popular blog post, Things the Hyper-Neurotic (Like Me) Can Do for 30 min for a Better Life (Instead of Making Excuses or Complaining), I decided to make a list of things that a personal trainer or coach can do to make his or her life a little easier. The life of a personal trainer is […]

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One Weird Trick: Installment 9 – Wrapping the Barbell in the Bench Press

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The bench press is one lift that has been one big struggle bus for me in recent history. Not until I started working out with a crew of people and started actively troubleshooting my errors did I realize my [several] mistakes. One technical piece of the puzzle that has allowed my bench to skyrocket involves understanding the difference between “wrapping” […]

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One Weird Trick: Installment 8 – Improve Your Kettlebell Pressing Strength Instantly

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There is a thought process that performing several different variations of a pressing, rowing, or various abdominal exercises in a half kneeling position will be beneficial for several reasons: Challenge unilateral lower body stability, Split a pelvis in order to recruit deep stabilizers in the hip, and [Re]-introduce the lunging pattern to an individual that can’t get into a this […]

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Redefining “Dysfunctional”, and Finding Pieces to the Puzzle

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A funny thing keeps on happening as I continue through the off-season for many of my clients: many individuals still have some sort of dysfunction present on a neuromuscular level. What I mean by this is that despite the advanced assessment process, despite auditing how someone moves, and despite controlling for as many variables as I can from an exercise […]

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My Favorite Exercise Combinations: Installment 15 – Building Up the Squat

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The overhead squat is a coveted screen and assessment tool used by many in the fitness, strength community, and rehab worlds. Many live and die by this movement, and others do not place much priority on it. This combination will look at my own experiences and observations in the overhead squat, along with providing pragmatic application of exercises that will hopefully […]

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Six Pack

One Weird Trick: Installment 7 – Roll Out, Roll Out

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Many times in our quest for six-packedness, we embark on several different exercises that are targeted towards our abs. In reality, what is the true, underlying solution towards revealing a six-pack? Positive hormonal changes due to sleep, nutrition, and training derived changes, along with slight hypertrophy of the obliques. (I say obliques intentionally, because many times the rectus abdominis could […]

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My Favorite Exercise Combinations: Installment 14 – Improve Your Speed Today

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There are tons of ways to improve explosiveness and athleticism. One of the coveted ideas for achieving athleticism involves “triple extension” – extension of the hips, knees, and ankles in a very rapid manner. Since there are a plethora of exercises can help develop the quality of explosiveness and power, many may throw the baby out with the bath water, instead […]

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