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

Is your Crossfit Box legit? 5 things clients are looking for

Friendly faces This might seem like a strange requirement to start off with, but clients are looking for a box where they can build a strong group of friends. The beauty of community-focused fitness is that it’s a contrast to the gym: Dragging yourself through a lonely workout with your headphones on vs. Going to see your friends and having …

JP Pocock

CF-L2 JP Pocock, aka: CrossFit KatanaCoach

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

Ashley Horner on Overcoming Obstacles

“Motivation will always come and go…but you have to reflect back and you have to remember your WHY…Fitness is my WHY.” Ashley Horner is a fitness model, bodybuilding.com & RockTape spokesmodel, business owner and mom of three boys. She focuses on inspiring others through her own personal story and downloadable training programs. “We’re all going through something that no one …

Ashley Horner

Fitness Celebrity

Blood Flow Restriction Doppler Video – No Occlusion

The B STRONG System was created with safety and efficacy in mind. B Strong is specifically designed NOT TO OCCLUDE (stop) blood flow to the limb, making it the safest BFR system of its kind, and can be used anytime, anywhere, by anyone, to optimize overall fitness. The B STRONG System was created with safety and efficacy in mind. B …

October 2018 Workout of the Month

Try out the latest fitness trend with this total body workout utilizing the mace and kettle bell. This quick 15 minute workout will work to tone your entire body. Perform the designated number of reps per exercise and move on to the next exercise; repeating the circuit as many times as possible in 15 minutes.   Exercises:

CJ Kostranchuk

Level 1 CrossFit Coach and Founder/Co-Owner, Coach at The Bar Athletics

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

Shoulder Rehab Phase 4: Return to Activity or Sport

Phase 4: Return to Throwing Phase 4 of the rehabilitation program encompasses the progression and continuation of the ITP and is designed to systemically allow the athlete to progress to unrestricted throwing activities. It is important for the clinician to continuously monitor and assess the athlete’s mechanics and intensity of effort throughout the throwing program. Position players progress throughout the throwing …

Dr. Kevin Wilk

PT, DPT, FAPTA

Phase 3- Rehab Exercises for Overhead Athletes

Shoulder Rehab Phase 3: Advanced Strengthening Phase The advanced strengthening phase is designed to initiate aggressive strengthening exercises, augment power and endurance, advance functional drills, and gradually initiate throwing activities. Full shoulder ROM and flexibility should be maintained throughout this phase; failure to maintain motion and flexibility at this point is a potential pitfall that can result in recurrent symptoms. Muscle fatigue has been shown to decrease neuromuscular …

Dr. Kevin Wilk

PT, DPT, FAPTA