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

WBC Corporate Fitness Manager

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

WBC Corporate Fitness Manager

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

Bulletproof Knee: A complete guide to Patella Tendonitis in running athletes and 3 Exercises for Back Pain-Free Travel

Sticking to an exercise routine while being on the road can be challenging. However, conditions such as low back pain require a regular exercise regimen. Prolonged periods of sitting in a car, train, or plane can also further aggravate existing low back issues. Here are some exercise suggestions for a quick, but effective workout that can be done almost anywhere …

Dr. Tony Mikla

DPT, MSPT, CSCS, XPS

How does blood flow restriction training really work?

Blood flow restriction training, or BFR training, is an exercise modality that uses a manipulation of the body’s circulatory system in combination with lightweight exercise to achieve training results similar to high intensity strength training (traditional heavy weight lifting). Key advantages of the system are: Light weights = less risk of muscle strain or joint injury Light loads = less …