Monthly Archives: January 2009

6 Things Cressey and I agree on…

6 Things Cressey and I agree on…

For those of you that don’t know Eric Cressey, he is an experienced athlete and powerlifter and has quickly established himself as one of the most brilliant strength coaches in the country.  After spending a week at his facility, I realized that he and I share strong opinions on a few issues that may be… Read more

Learning from the Pros

Learning from the Pros

Yesterday I sat in the office of Philadelphia Flyer’s strength and conditioning coach for over two hours and talked about their program.  Talk about an eye opening experience. I know many strength coaches and personal trainers that will swear on their lives that squats should ALWAYS be performed to a full depth (below parallel). Do… Read more

Nervous Training, Extreme Power

Nervous Training, Extreme Power

Recently I’ve read a few articles and forum discussions that have left me with that “I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed” feeling.  Despite writing about this a few times already, it seems that people still do not understand the difference between muscle recruitment and muscle activation. Recruitment refers to the beginning of force production from… Read more

Preventing Staleness

Preventing Staleness

Throwing weights around is one of my favorite things to do.  Physically, no matter how strenuous the training, I always feel better after than I did before.  Mentally, I find it to be a great time to forget about all the other stressors of daily life. But as much as I’m a weight-lifting enthusiast, I’m… Read more

The Psychology of Supplement Use

The Psychology of Supplement Use

I hope you all had a great 4th of July.  I had a lot of fun out in Denver, but am glad to be back on the east coast. One of the primary issues I get questioned about is supplement use. Should I take supplements? What supplement should I take: protein, creatine, etc? What brand… Read more