Understanding and Preventing Age-Related Muscle Loss- Part 2

In Part 1 we discussed sarcopenia and force recruitment of fast twitch vs slow twitch. In Part 2 we’ll touch on some more research and finish with a Simple Workout Routine to Maintain Muscle Mass. Luckily, muscles can be “tricked” into recruiting fast-twitch fibers (and hence, stimulate satellite cell activity) by fatiguing the slow-twitch fibers with multiple sets of light-resistance repetitions …

Important Info to Consider When Training Triceps

How should we train the triceps? When training for bigger arms, it is important not to neglect the triceps. At three times the physiological cross-sectional area of the biceps, the triceps brachii are an essential component of the upper arm. So how can we design a strength training program that will maximize the growth of the triceps? What factors do we …

Chris Beardsley

Christopher Beardsley

Director of Strength and Conditioning Research

How do different variations of exercise affect connective tissues?

Do we need to think about connective tissues when strength training? We tend to focus on the adaptations that occur inside muscle fibers after most types of exercise. However, adaptations also happen outside of muscle fibers, in the connective tissues, such as in the intramuscular connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, and fascia. But how do different types of exercise affect these …

Chris Beardsley

Christopher Beardsley

Director of Strength and Conditioning Research

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