Surge Move of the Month – Sprawl to Deadlift to Clean Combo

In Part 3, we discussed Unstable Resistance with the Surge Clean. Once again, Hydro-Inertia™ is the utilization of water to create an unstable resistance that increases core strength and stability during exercise. The majority of instability products currently on the market are primarily used as a base that you sit, stand, or lay down on. By utilizing Hydro-Inertia™ technology in the …

Carey Kepler

CF Coach

Surge Move of the Month – Part 3 Unstable Resistance

In Part 2, we introduced Hydro-Inertia Technology with the Surge Deadlift. (link to Part 1) HYDRO-INERTIA™ is the utilization of water to create an unstable resistance that increases core strength and stability during exercise. The majority of instability products currently on the market are primarily used as a base that you sit, stand, or lay down on. By utilizing Hydro-Inertia™ technology …

Carey Kepler

CF Coach

Surge Move of the Month – Part 2: Hydro-Inertia Technology

In Part 1, we discussed Keeping It Simple with the Surge Sprawl If you’re not familiar with the Surge® . . . Most athletes, trainers, and fitness enthusiasts are continually in search of new, cutting-edge training methods to improve health, fitness, and performance. The Surge® is a specialized training device that utilizes water to create a “dynamic” form of resistance. …

Carey Kepler

CF Coach

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

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

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

Fit for the Holidays: Easy Ways For Your Clients to Exercise

The holidays leave us all over-scheduled and under-rested. This time of year also takes our clients out of their normal eating and exercise routines (just when they need them the most). It’s up to you to help your clients keep the busy holiday season from sidetracking their regular exercise routines. Even if they can’t make it in for a workout, …

Lori Harrison ELIVATE Fitness Personal Trainer

Lori Harrison

Corporate Fitness Manager and Certified Personal Trainer