Controlling your emotions may play a vital role in Heart Disease

Most of the hearts on display this month are the red, symmetrical Valentine’s variety. But the other kind of heart – the organ, of course! – deserves your attention, too. It’s Heart Month, and while heart disease remains the leading cause of death for American men and women, many of those deaths are preventable. The study here suggests that controlling …

Lori Harrison ELIVATE Fitness Personal Trainer

Lori Harrison

Corporate Fitness Manager and Certified Personal Trainer

Should you load a painful tendon? The answer might surprise you.

Listen to the insightful lecture below by Professor Jill Cook* to learn more about how you should address painful Achilles and patellar tendinopathies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kKzoi8Zrik Professor Jill Cook, physiotherapist, PhD, is a professor in musculoskeletal health in the La Trobe University School of Allied Health in Australia. Her research areas include sports medicine and tendon injury. Since completing her PhD in …

Help clients stay injury free during the ski season

ACL injuries are among the most common injuries occurring 100,000–200,000 times per year. Among skiers, recreational alpine skiers have the highest incidence of ACL ruptures. Since the majority of these injuries are non-contact, providing clients with a preventative exercise program can limit their risk for injury. Here are some of our favorite ACL injury prevention exercises: #1: Side Plank with …

Dr. Dave Cruz

Dr. Dave Cruz

Doctor of Chiropractic, CSCS, CES, PES, founder of WebExercises

Why you can’t lift more weight

Here’s what you’re doing wrong: You can’t just rely on a steady diet of sagittal plane-dominated squats, bench, deadlift, clean, and snatch lifts. Why are you tapped out on your PR’s? Movement quality and strength/power are built off of a foundation of mobility (positioning) and stability. Your lifting program depends on these same two qualities. If your PR’s plateaued or you’re …

Douglas Brooks

MS, Exercise Physiologist

What is EPIC Hybrid Training?

I get this question so much that at this point it’s become a running joke with friends, family, and Epic members who GET IT! (What EPIC is all about)! What’s funny is that EPIC is nearly impossible to describe in conversation, and the best way to GET IT is to participate in a class. For me, EPIC has become a …

Alexander Nicholas

Spartan Pro Team and Spartan Race Champion, Owner/Founder at EPIC Hybrid Training

Helping to keep clients healthy and fit as they grow older

As we age, things change. “Duh,” you may be saying. But allow me to explain how it changes for your clients and their bodies, as most people recognize and acknowledge that things do indeed change, yet their strategies do not change at all. When we were younger – with less stress, more sleep and faster metabolisms – staying “in-shape” seemed to …

Clifton Harski

CF Level 1, CK-FMS, DVRT, RKC

Why are strength gains stability-specific? Part 4

In Part 3 of this series, we touched on magnitude of external load affecting stability-specific strength gains. Here in Part 4, we’ll discuss if the need to balance causes stability-specific strength gains. Does the need to balance affect stability-specific strength gains? When using machines to perform an exercise, the balance challenge involved is smaller than when using free weights to perform a very similar exercise. Similarly, when using …

Chris Beardsley

Christopher Beardsley

Director of Strength and Conditioning Research

Is your Crossfit Box legit? 5 things clients are looking for

Friendly faces This might seem like a strange requirement to start off with, but clients are looking for a box where they can build a strong group of friends. The beauty of community-focused fitness is that it’s a contrast to the gym: Dragging yourself through a lonely workout with your headphones on vs. Going to see your friends and having …

JP Pocock

CF-L2 JP Pocock, aka: CrossFit KatanaCoach

Why are strength gains stability-specific? Part 3

In Part 2 of this series we discussed training comparisons with stable or unstable machines. Here in Part 3 we’ll touch on magnitude of external load affecting stability-specific strength gains. Does the magnitude of the external load cause stability-specific strength gains? Although light load training to muscular failure can produce similar gains in muscular size to heavy load training, the external load used during strength training is …

Chris Beardsley

Christopher Beardsley

Director of Strength and Conditioning Research

Why are strength gains stability-specific? Part 2

NOTE: In Part 1 we discussed external load stability and machines vs. free weights. Comparing training with stable or unstable machines In some training studies, different types of machines have been compared with one another, where one type of machine makes use of fixed bar paths and the other type of machine uses cables that allow freedom of movement, to perform essentially the same multi-joint …

Chris Beardsley

Christopher Beardsley

Director of Strength and Conditioning Research