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By May 30, 2016June 12th, 2016Random Thoughts

Greetings fitness friends!  Here are some random things I thought I’d share to get your week off to an informed start.

1. Bropocalypse: Evidence-Based Nutrition and Training Summit 2016

Spread the word, mates!

The Bropocalypse (Alan Aragon, Brad Schoenfeld, James Krieger, and myself) is coming to Sydney, Australia on June 11-12. This is less than 2 weeks away!

We’ve been training our asses to bring the thunder down under. We likely won’t be coming back for another few years, so if you want to learn from the industry’s top minds and experience a world-class evidence-based seminar, now is your chance.

We’re going to science the shit out of this one!  Learn more HERE.


It’s raining bro’s

2. NSCA 2016 National Conference

New Orleans, my flight is booked and I’m headed your way. It’s time again for the NSCA National Conference and I will be presenting along with many other talented speakers. You can reserve a seat now at discounted pricing by going HERE. Date is July 6-9.

3. Why Do Partial Squats Get Partial Results? – Chris Beardsley

Chances are high that you have witnessed more fellow gym goers than not busting out quarter squats with an unrealistic load of plates. Keep your squat honest, seek full ROM, and check out THIS article from Chris Beardsley to learn the biomechanical rationale as to why partial squats are less effective at building strength and muscle mass than full range squats.


4. Why Are We Stronger At Some Joint Angles Than Others? – Chris Beardsley

Ever wonder why we’re stronger at some joint angles compared to others? There are several biomechanical factors that explain this phenomenon. Thank goodness the fitness and sports science world has Chris Beardsley to break down the information in THIS article.


5. Does Lifting Weights Fast Make You Fast? (Strength is Specific) – Chris Beardsley

Will jump squatting or other ballistic exercises make you fast?  Or is simply the intention of moving explosively the key to producing force at high velocities?  My colleague, Chris Beardsley, continues his bad ass blogging streak and shares his thoughts on the matter HERE.

6. Glute Lab Named One of the Top 20 Gyms in America

Big thanks to Lou Schuler for giving Glute Lab props in this month’s Men’s Health edition (June – page 130) as one of the 20 Top Gyms in America. This 4-car garage gym pumps out more published research on the glutes than any gym in the world, so it’s great to be recognized and to be able to offer advice to the masses. Check it out in stores if you get a chance.

7. The Hip Thrust Exercise You Need to Be Doing (But Probably Aren’t)

Increase your hip thrusting knowledge by checking out THIS informative blog post and improve your strength gains by incorporating the suggested eccentric training variations into your workouts.

8. How Many Times Should You Train a Muscle Each Week? – Brad Schoenfield

Fellow knight in the Bropocolypse Brad Schoenfield writes about this hotly debated topic and shares the findings of his research in THIS blog post.  Methinks you will enjoy the read.

1X/week, 2X/week, 3X/week, or more?

9. Genetics and Strength Training – Just How Different Are We? – Greg Nuckols

Can you outwork a less than optimal genetic makeup?  Are elite genes a prerequisite of qualifying for Olympic glory?  Is genetic testing worth the cost?  Smart powerlifter Greg Nuckols explores the answers to these questions and more in THIS thought-worthy article.

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I hope you enjoyed the content and I look forward to seeing some of you in Sydney, New Orleans, and at my sold-out Glute Lab Seminar in June.



  • JD says:

    Why are we stronger at some joint angles than others?.
    “Moment arms are longer in bigger muscles (Vigotsky et al. 2015)”:×624.png
    Take note that the bigger muscles have much thicker tendons (bands), making it much more difficult for them to stretch & recoil. The thinner the band, the easier it is to stretch (greater elastic energy storage).
    “Contrary to the opinion of many, there is a growing body of evidence to suggest that compliant tendons in certain regions of the leg are the key to faster sprinting. ”
    “Contrary to what many believe about running muscles, the energy from the push comes from the tendons and not from active contractions of the muscles.”

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