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

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

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

December 2018 Workout of the Month

Give your body the gift of exercise. In this busy holiday season, take a quick 15 minutes to enjoy this customizable total-body strength workout featuring three “festive” exercises. Here’s how it works: Do 10 reps of each exercise, then start over and do nine reps of each exercise, then 8 reps of each exercise, etc. Exercises: For more info on …

Lori Harrison ELIVATE Fitness Personal Trainer

Lori Harrison

Corporate Fitness Manager and Certified Personal Trainer

November 2018 Workout of the Month

This upper body strength circuit features Body Sport Jellz urethane coated dumbbells and BOSU balance trainers. Perform each exercise 10 to 20 times and then repeat each round 2 to 4 times. This workout is customizable for every fitness level.  

Lori Harrison ELIVATE Fitness Personal Trainer

Lori Harrison

Corporate Fitness Manager and Certified Personal Trainer

Optimizing a Champion

International heavyweight boxer Fres Oquendo is gearing up in Orlando, Fla., for his next big fight. RockTape Instructor Danny Porcelli (@ddporcellidc) is prepping him to go stronger longer with RockTape, RockBlades, RockFloss, and more. Check out behind-the-scenes footage to see how we help a Pro Boxer prepare for a match. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1f0iYe_hQw For more info on products mentioned in this article …

Why do we need more research into Strength Training?

The great thing about strength training is that it works. Want to lift heavier things? Strength training is the only way you can do that. Want bigger muscles? Lifting weights does that. Are you rehabbing a musculoskeletal injury? Resistance training of some sort will probably be involved. Want to improve your general health? Try out those weird machines at the …

Chris Beardsley

Christopher Beardsley

Director of Strength and Conditioning Research