Improve Your Shoulder Range of Motion

Improve Your Shoulder Range of Motion

This is a guest post by my friend Samantha Faulhaber. 

She is a FRCms, FRAs, FR Lower, FR Spine, Kinstretch instructor – all of which means she's a mobility specialist trainer pretty far down the rabbit hole of Functional Range Conditioning and functionalanatomyseminars.com. That’s a teaching group that wants you to ask all the questions and find scientifically sound answers to everything going on with your body’s tissue management, which includes exercise.

She also has excellent taste in music. 

You should follow her on Instagram.

Eating Carbs at Night Will Not Make You Fat

Eating Carbs at Night Will Not Make You Fat

Recent studies show that your metabolism speeds up while you are sleeping.  This is especially true if you are working out regularly. 

The majority of your muscular and cellular repair takes place during sleep.  In order for your body to repair it needs a fuel source.  By eating carbs before dinner you are actually enabling your body to build muscle and burn fat.

Eating carbs at night has many other benefits.  Carbs help you sleep better and deeper.  They will also provide a fuel source for an early morning workout the following day. 

One Ab Exercise to Rule Them All

One Ab Exercise to Rule Them All

Too many people spend too much time training their abs, and waste too much time performing exercises that provide little value in terms of strength and aesthetics.  Actually some core exercises place your spine in a dangerous position, and they can actually be harmful over the long run.

In the spirit of safe, but brutally effective core exercises I’d like to introduce you to an exercise made famous by Bruce Lee.

Enter the Dragon…..Flag.

Welcome to 2017

Welcome to 2017

Eric Cressey has a saying that I really like- “Most people could show up to the gym and bang their head against a wall and lose weight.”  You don’t need to know how to squat, deadlift or do a double under on a jump rope.  All you need to know is how to show up and work hard.  If you want to learn how to do those things you can hire me, and I’ll yell at you for a couple hours a week.

The Best Mobility Drill Ever

The Best Mobility Drill Ever

Most people work at a desk, and most people develop problems that arise from that.  Sitting down hunched over a computer all day causes the hip flexors and pec minors to tighten and shorten.  It also causes the shoulder blades to “wing” out, and the upper spine (thoracic) to form a Quasimodo style mini hump.  Not only are these traits not attractive, they can hinder your progress in the gym.