How do different variations of exercise affect connective tissues? Part 2

In Part 1, we discussed the properties and function of connective tissues. In this post, we’ll discuss the different variations of exercise and how connective tissues respond. How do connective tissues respond to endurance training? When exposed to the repetitive but low forces that are common to endurance training, connective tissues respond by displaying fatigue damage. Fatigue damage is a …

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

The Art of Coaching Is as Real as the Science of Training

There are few concepts that have been more misunderstood than the “Art of Coaching.” One of the biggest misconceptions is that the Art of Coaching is nothing but motivational fluff and a “let’s hug it out” mentality. So, to begin, we first need to understand and acknowledge that the Art of Coaching is real. The Art of Coaching is every …

Brett Bartholomew

Founder of The Bridge Human Performance

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

4 Weeks to a Stronger Core

A 4-week exercise challenge can never replace an individual exercise program tailored to a client’s specific needs. It also cannot replace a long-lasting lifestyle change. However, this type of challenge can be a good idea for clients who are otherwise healthy and just need motivation and structure to stay active, even if they are not currently on an exercise rehab program. …

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