Friday, July 06, 2007

My New Blog Home

There's a lot that's been going on behind the scenes lately.

One of the biggies is the new home of my blog.

You can now find it here:

Those of you who link to my blog will want to update your link.

For those who read this via a feed, don't sweat it. You should still receive it as you always do.


Thursday, July 05, 2007

Single Leg Squat for Shoulders??

Unilateral leg work, including the single leg squat, is an important element in the development of an athlete's training program.

The single stance and the single leg squat are also a great diagnostic tools for athlete's in regard to shoulder function.


It has been shown that in 49% of athletes with a arthroscopically diagnosed posterior-superior labral tears there is also a hip rotation range of motion deficit or abduction weakness. (W Kibler, Joel Press, Aaron Sciascia. The Role of Core Stability in Athletic Function. Sports Medicine, Volume 36, Number 3 (2006), pp. 189-198).

This is one of the reasons we included combined hip and shoulder mobility exercises in the Inside-Out DVD.

Here's some quick tests you can do on yourself:

1. Stand in front of a full length mirror. Pick up your right foot. If the right hip drops, it indicates a left hip weakness. Repeat on the other side.

2. Pick up your right foot and perform a single leg squat with the left leg. If the left knee drops down and in as you descend, you have a left hip weakness.

3. Lie on your back with your hips bent to 90 degrees and knees bent to 90 degrees. Keeping your knees together, push your feet apart to internally rotate the hips. You should have about 35 degrees of rotation on each side. Check for the amount of rotation and even more importantly, check for symmetry.

Any unilateral deficits in range of motion and strength should be addressed as they will typically affect the function of the shoulder on the opposite side (right hip to left shoulder and vice versa).


Monday, July 02, 2007

Tempo Matters

I've heard strength coaches and trainers talk about how tempo doesn't really matter.

I'll have to disagree.

I heard a strength coach talk about how he has forced his athletes to slow their eccentric tempos because when he did, all of their weights went up with many setting PR's.

I'm not surprised. Lifting or lowering a weight slowly and lifting or lowering a weight quickly are not the same thing.

If you lower a weight slowly or even pause between the eccentric and concentric contractions, you'll increase demands on the muscle's ability to produce force because you'll dissipate a portion of the contribution of the elastic component provided by the tendon and connective tissues.

Lower a weight quickly and you increase the potential energy stored in the tendon and connective tissues which will contribute to the concentric contraction as the energy is released.

Guess which method most people will utilize when trying to lift the most weight.

They'll naturally tend to lower and lift the weight quickly to take advantage of the elastic component to lift greater weight. If you train like this most of the time you'll tend to rely on this more and more but there's a "ceiling" so to speak as to how far this method will take your training. At some point, you'll need to use a slower tempo to place the emphasis on the muscle again.

How do you know how and when to apply such methods?

You can read about it in my contribution to LiftStrong along with over 800 pages of information from the top minds in the fields of strength, fitness, sports training, rehabilitation, and nutrition.

Remember that all proceeds go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


Sunday, July 01, 2007

Interns and Part-timers Wanted!

Here's the deal.

I frequently get requests from trainers looking for jobs or students looking for internships for school credit.

Because of my schedule and the way I run my business, I've turned them all down...

Until now.

If you think you have this training thing all figured out. If you're ready to make the top pay in the fitness industry. If you've won numerous bodybuilding titles.

Then I don't want you.

I believe there's a process that must be followed to be an outstanding fitness professional. Some would call it paying your dues.

I call it building a foundation that will support your development as a person, a trainer, and a professional for the rest of your career.


A pulse
The ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
A passion for learning
The availability to work odd hours (early morning, afternoons, evenings)
Sufficient mobility to effectively instruct individuals or groups
Submission of a resume and cover letter

What you get:

A first-class, hands-on fitness education
Experience working with a variety of clientele
Potential to interact with some of the top fitness pros in the country
Paid NSCA certification within 6-12 months (if you last that long)
Income commensurate to your position and duties (may not apply to interns depending on duration of internship)
Potential for growth to a full-time position


I will be selective. Submission of your resume and cover letter does not guarantee you a position or an interview.

Send your resume and cover letter to: