RPE: Am I Doing This Right?!

RPE: Am I Doing This Right?!

You’ve been barbell training for a while. Maybe today’s your first day under the bar. Wherever you are on your strength journey, you know that putting weight on your back, or in your hands, feels some type of way. Some days the weight feels how you expect it to feel like, some days it feels like  loose-leaf paper, and other days it feels like a humpback whale.

Let’s face it: sometimes the same weight feels different than what you expect or exactly like you expect.

Understanding how our bodies feel weight is as important as defining the weight with a concrete number.

Why Everyone Should Press Overhead

Why Everyone Should Press Overhead

What are the first exercises you think of when someone says they’re doing “upper body?”  Bench press? Biceps and triceps? Dumbbell lateral raises? The obsession with growing arms, shoulders, and chest means cable columns, dumbbells, and benches are abundant in any gym with a weight room. So why do so many strength programs underemphasize, underrate, or completely omit the most important exercise for developing upper body strength and maintaining shoulder health?

PRS Mythbuster: Weight Training & Your Physique

PRS Mythbuster: Weight Training & Your Physique

We’ve all seen and heard it before - the advice on how to “tone up”, “bulk up” (or NOT bulk up), “get shredded”, “lean out”, etc... If you’re like me you’ve probably tried light weights, heavy weights, sets of 8, sets of 20, supersets, cardio, yoga, circuit training… the list goes on. So why did it all stop working eventually? Why do your pants not fit better? Why don’t you have 21-inch biceps? Chances are, at one point or another, you’ve succumbed to at least 1 of 5 common myths about strength training in your pursuit of a leaner, “more toned”, or muscular physique. Well, I’m here to set the record straight!

Treat The Issues, Not The Tissues

Treat The Issues, Not The Tissues

The endless wealth of information on the internet definitely has its benefits. Accessibility to information has allowed businesses to expand, entrepreneurs to set out on successful journeys, and people to expand their knowledge at quick and affordable rates. BUT! Like the hazards of Web-MD and self-diagnostics, people often times misinterpret and incorrectly apply information to their individual circumstances.

Part 2 of 3: 3 Reasons Your Bench Press Hasn’t Progressed & It’s Not Your Programing

Part 2 of 3: 3 Reasons Your Bench Press Hasn’t Progressed & It’s Not Your Programing

Leg drive gets its own article as is a huge component of the bench press that can make or break a maximal attempt in competition or the completion of a training set as fatigue sets in throughout more and more reps. Additionally, in my physical therapy practice with barbell athletes, lack of leg drive is a common cause of shoulder injuries and pec strains while benching.