• 5 New Reason to Train on One Leg

    5 New Reason to Train on One Leg

    Single-leg exercises have become a staple in many strength and conditioning programs: 1.  They allow athletes and bodybuilders to continue training around an injury. 2.  They correct left-right strength and size asymmetries. 3.  They improve general balance and proprioception. 4.  They’re similar to athletic movements such as running and bounding and therefore have a strong…

  • A Better Way to Stretch Hip Flexors

    A Better Way to Stretch Hip Flexors

    Perhaps no other group of muscles has received as much attention—or condemnation—by coaches, trainers, and therapists as the hip flexors.  And, as a consequence, no other muscle group is stretched with greater frequency, intensity, or enthusiasm.  The hip flexors have developed a particularly bad wrap among the athletic population, since most people in this group…

  • Optimizing Training For The Unstable Client

    Optimizing Training For The Unstable Client

    Take a step back and think about your most challenging client…. Not the one who struggles to change poor habits or lacks consistency, and not the client who refuses to take constructive feedback. I’m talking about the client who shows up every day, works hard, but struggles to make consistent progress.  They have a hard…

  • Considerations for improving your manual therapy, Part Two

    Considerations for improving your manual therapy, Part Two

    As a massage therapist, I feel fortunate to also be trained in the science of improving human movement—strength and conditioning—as it affords me a wider lens to look through when treating and assessing soft-tissue on the table.  This allows me to think beyond increasing range of motion, or decreasing muscular stiffness in isolation, on the…

  • Integrating Shoulder and Core Exercises for High Efficiency

    Integrating Shoulder and Core Exercises for High Efficiency

    During the baseball season, time is at a premium for many of the baseball players I work with.  They need to get in and out of the gym in an hour or less, so I’m constantly working on ways to streamline their program without skimping on important content.  One way to accomplish this is to…

  • The Art of Foam Rolling

    The Art of Foam Rolling

    I’m no fortuneteller, but I can usually predict the first few moves people make when they enter the gym.  Somewhere between setting down their bag, consuming a healthy dose of caffeine, and loading up the barbell there’s some vaguely defined—albeit well-intentioned—period of time that involves rolling around on a piece of condensed foam or digging…

  • Five Tips to Dominate Your In Season Baseball Program

    Five Tips to Dominate Your In Season Baseball Program

    Here in Massachusetts—even though it’s hard to believe—baseball season is swiftly approaching.  High school and middle school team tryouts are starting up and travel baseball teams will shortly begin their tournament schedules.  As such, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about from my athletes on how to best maintain their off-season strength gains while…

  • Five Valuable Coaching Lessons

    Five Valuable Coaching Lessons

    It’s been three years since I began coaching clients in both the personal training and strength and conditioning realm. In the grand scheme of things, I know that I’m just getting started.  But I’ve also been fortunate to work with a number of accomplished coaches who have been in the trenches far longer than me. …

  • Conditioning for Fighters, Part One

    Conditioning for Fighters, Part One

    Author's Note: Today's blog post was written by Mike Campanella.  Mike trains in Mixed Martial Arts (Boxing, Muay Thai Kickboxing, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) and has garnered a 13-4 record in amateur MMA and Boxing.  Most recently, Mike won the Central New England Championships in the Golden Gloves, and finished second in the New England Championships. …

  • The Return of Direct Arm Training

    The Return of Direct Arm Training

    At some point during the last decade, direct arm training became a dirty phrase. Anyone who wasted precious training time on “nonfunctional” isolation exercises was immediately labeled stupid, vain, or behind the times. I'm all for intelligent programming, but let's get real – biceps curls don't turn people into raging douchebags. Direct arm work can…