Stop doing sit-ups!

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Let’s take a moment to talk about different reasons for wanting to include sit-ups in our training, and some cool alternatives! Reason 1: “I want to lose my belly fat” Unfortunately, it’s impossible to spot reduce fat in any one specific area of the body. In fact, if you do a ton of sit-ups and get a serious pump in …

Likkity split: Understanding pace on the rower

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If you took off on a 5 km run, you wouldn’t sprint the first 400 meters, gas yourself and end up walking. You would probably strive to run at a reasonably consistent pace for 20- some-odd minutes. But when it comes to rowing, I constantly see people doing the equivalent of the above, because they have no clue how fast …

Training plateau?

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Feeling a plateau? Maybe you need some personalized direction in your training Client A: Who has been here for three months on a 1RM deadlift day: she steps up to the bar, looks a bit perturbed by the ‘heavy’ weight, shrugs and then proceeds to bend down and pick the bar up with easy-to-see speed and ease. Her reaction: “Holy …

Why do I need a professional coach?

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This time it’s going to be different… … This time, I’m going to workout every day, I’m going to stick to the program. This time it’s going to be different, I know it is. Sound familiar? How many times have you said that to yourself? Stop thinking you can do it on your own: Work with a professional coach, with …

Do Crossover bands really work?

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Shoulder injury? Try regular Crossover Symmetry training There is not a single person that we’ve introduced to crossover symmetry that hasn’t benefited from it, especially those with ongoing nagging shoulder issues and pain. What’s Crossover Symmetry? Crossover Symmetry in a nutshell, is a rotator cuff and scapular strengthening system using resistance bands and specific exercises to rehabilitate and prevent (prehab) …

Fallen arches

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Do your Arches fall like the London bridge when you squat? If so—or you’re not sure—read on…. Inexperienced coaches might blame the major muscles/ primary joints as the culprit for faulty movement patterns. But the problem may be lurking deeper below the surface, like a gator who is hungry for your squat gains. When we speak of arches, we are …

How much should I stretch?

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I’ve heard tons of different arguments for and against stretching. When I was a wee lad learning to breakdance, I spent tons of time stretching, because it makes you more flexible. Duh right?!?! Recently I’ve heard some advice to the contrary though. Let’s dig a little deeper. “Should I stretch before the workout? After the workout? Both?” “How long should …