Category Archives: Guest Blogs

3 Hacks to Improve Your Bench Press

bench press

The following is a guest blog by Jordan Syatt.

Right about here is where I’m supposed to insert a moronically generic article introduction about the bench press and how it’s the ultimate test of strength.

I’ll pass.

I like to bench press. You like to bench press. And, like most people, you probably want to learn how to bench press more weight.

Sound about right?

Perfect.

In this brief article I’m going to share with you 3 simple hacks that will drastically improve your bench press.

  1. Do NOT Pinch Your Shoulder Blades Together (as hard as possible)

I know this flies in the face of pretty much everything you’ve ever been told about the bench press so bear with me and allow me to explain.

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Athletic Horsepower

The following is a guest blog from Max Shank.

If you’ve been reading Bret’s blog for any length of time it should come as no shock that the glutes are massively important–and hopefully yours are massive, because it’s going to make you a better athlete.

Today I wanted to give you some simple actionable advice on how to better utilize those giant muscles.

In any athletic endeavour. hip extension is going to be the primarily important movement that dictates how strong and fast one can move. We often refer to triple extension as the cornerstone of athleticism, that is, the extension of the hips, knees, and ankles. This occurs in just about every athletic movement you can think of; running, jumping, swinging, punching, throwing, etc.

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Common Training Myths

Reverse Dieting

Below is a guest blog by my favorite young female fitness writer – Sohee Lee. She recently created a resource with Dr. Layne Norton called Reverse Dieting. I use the same methods with my clients that Sohee and Layne recommend and can vouch for their effectiveness. The product is on sale for two more days so make sure you check it out.

Common Training Myths
By Sohee Lee

1. You have to confuse your muscles.

If you’ve ever bought into the hype about muscles getting confused, pay attention.

Think about it. Do your pecs ever really say:

Hey, this is a new exercise. What’s going on? What’s this called – the decline pushup? Oh, okay, cool. Wasn’t quite sure what was going on for a second there.

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Why is there hesitation with regard to the application of heavy weight room intensities for the post-rehabilitated athlete and during an athlete’s in-season training?

Robert A. Panariello MS, PT, ATC, CSCS
Professional Physical Therapy
Professional Athletic Performance Center
New York, New York

In my 30+ years of practice in the related professional fields of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy as a Physical Therapist (PT) and Athletic Trainer (ATC), as well as the performance enhancement training of athletes as a Strength and Conditioning (S&C) Coach, I have witnessed and/or had discussions with many medical/health care professionals and S&C Coaches whom have expressed concern with regard to the application of heavy weight intensities in the training program design of their athletes. The concern for the application of heavy weight intensities usually transpires under the circumstances of either (a) the post-rehabilitation athlete returning to the weight room for their athletic performance enhancement training and/or (b) an in-season program design that includes heavy weight intensities as part of the (any) athlete’s weight room training. Some of these medical/health care and S&C professionals are leaders in their particular profession and the majority of these professionals demonstrate excellent knowledge and clinical skills; however, the concern for the application of heavy weight intensities upon the athlete during weight room training often remains the subject of controversy with the concern of possible injury to the athlete during heavy weight intensity exercise performance.

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