New and improved Strength & Conditioning Research Free Newsletter

Chris and I launched our monthly research review service back in February 2012. Since then, we’ve published 21 editions and we are rapidly approaching the start of our third year in existence!

From the beginning, we have tried to provide our subscribers with only the very best reviews of the most up-to-date research. This is because we believe that sports science is crucially important for helping you and your clients or athletes achieve the best possible results.

However, we know that some people aren’t sure whether reading reviews of up to 50 of the latest sports science studies is something for them. We’ve heard some people say that the technical jargon is too daunting, others find it hard to implement the information into their training practices, and others struggle to find the time to read it all, every month.

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The Importance of Locking Out With the Glutes: Gluteal and Pelvic Biomechanics

Here’s a discussion on gluteal and pelvic biomechanics. In this video, I discuss several important concepts, including:

  1. How the glutes protect the low back, 
  2. The transfer of forces from the glutes to the rest of the body (how a glute squeeze creates hip extension torque, hip external rotation torque, and posterior pelvic tilt torque at lockout, creating a highly stable position),
  3. Why you should keep the glutes turned on during kettlebell swings while the bell is floating, and
  4. How posterior pelvic tilt mimics hip hyperextension.

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How to Be the Worst Personal Trainer Ever!

jillian michaels

Last week,  I witnessed a personal trainer at a commercial gym berating his client for utilizing poor form. It was clearly evident to me that the exercise was too difficult for the client’s current fitness abilities, and that the fault was on the trainer, not the client. However, the trainer was too ignorant to know any better. I’ve seen this same personal trainer try to “impress” his clients by using fancy terminology and informing them of all of their “dysfunction.”

Enough With the Negative Labels!

As I’ve gained experience as a personal trainer, I’ve moved far away from labeling clients and informing them of their “weaknesses.” Instead, I focus entirely on their strengths and assure them that they’re healthy and able. The way I see it, clients are already insecure and lacking in confidence; they definitely don’t need some “know-it-all” trainer honing in on all of their flaws and poor movement patterns. With proper exercise prescription, proper instruction, and praise, clients will gain confidence and excitement for exercise and look forward to their next session in the gym.

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Introducing The Glute Lab: Part I – The Gang & The Strength Equipment

Bretcon

Hello fitness friends! I am super excited about today’s post. Some of you may remember a couple of months ago when I posted a blog mentioning that I was seeking to hire assistants. Well, I ended up hiring three guys! One of the benefits of working your ass off all the time is that you don’t have any time to spend money. Therefore, I was able to save up enough money to build a kick ass research and training facility (and hire amazing workers). We call our facility The Glute Lab

Over the course of the next year, we will be learning as much as possible about individual exercises and various training methods. In Part II of this series, we will discuss and showcase our technology and laboratory equipment. Needless to say, we will be bringing you some incredible information and reporting a ton of exciting data throughout the year.

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