Strength training programs can vary depending on a wide range of factors.
Is the goal strength, size, or a combination of the two?
Is athletic performance the main objective?
Bulking up, or slimming down?
Male, or female?
How many days per week can you train?
How much experience do you have lifting?
And so on and so forth….
Regardless of the specific goal, however, the one thing that should remain constant in any training regimen is the incorporation of The 6 Foundational Movements.
Continue reading “The Six Foundational Movement Patterns”
It was the summer of 1996.
Jay-Z’s first album, Reasonable Doubt, had just been released, Michael Jordan had just won his fourth NBA championship, and Bill Clinton still knew the definition of the word “is.”
I was ten years old and my family headed to Miami Beach’s Eden Roc resort for one of my father’s biennial conferences for the Cuban American Medical Association.
For him this meant 3 days of lectures, meetings and glitzy dinners; for my sister and I this meant 3 days of unadulterated “fun in the sun.”
We’d get up early and hit the buffet around 8 or 9 am, then spend the rest of the day at the beach and the pool, playing games and horsing around with the many friends we had made with the other doctors’ kids.
Continue reading “Muscle Soreness Vs. Muscle Fatigue”
I recently discussed The Law of Diminishing Returns in regard to training in an Instagram post about a week ago.
Basically, this economic principle refers to the point in which the benefit gained from something ceases to outweigh the investment (time, energy, money, etc.) required to accrue that benefit.
If you are new to training, it doesn’t take much to get results: just lift 2-3 days per week and focus on 3-4 exercises per session, consisting of full body, compound movements.
A simple workout of 2-3 sets of squats, dumbbell press, and rows can elicit some pretty impressive results if executed correctly and fused with proper eating habits.
Now, once you are passed that beginner – intermediate level and focused on taking your training and muscle-building to the next level, you’re going to have to get a little more intricate with how you design your workouts.
Continue reading “The Best Exercises For Each Body Part”
Most people have absolutely no clue whatsoever about how they should go about designing their training sessions.
They walk into the gym and immediately head over to the free-weights or machines— without warming up—and dive in, head first, into an incredibly inefficient training session; and, in most cases I observe, a workout that usually does more harm to their bodies than good.
This is because not only are they performing exercises incorrectly, with bad form and/or in the wrong sequences, but they are also just focusing on one aspect of a training session: lifting.
Continue reading “The Perfect Workout”
I’ve been lifting weights now for almost 20 years; and I’ve been studying nutrition and exercise science for just about the same amount of time.
One of the many mistakes I made when first starting out as a personal trainer 8 years ago was that I often gave new clients too much, too soon.
I would forget that not everyone was like me; and while this stuff may have come easy to me over the years, for most people it was complicated and extremely challenging, especially later in life—and even more so if they were severely overweight.
Continue reading “A Beginner’s Guide To Getting Healthy”
This past weekend, I was listening to a “Beats 1” Podcast that featured one of my favorite young Hip-Hop artists, Joey Badass.
Joey just released his second full length LP, entitled “Amerikkkan Badass.”
The music is uplifting, inspirational, and delivers a stinging social commentary on the current state of our Union as it pertains to social justice and race relations.
Continue reading “Change Your “Diet””
How many people do you know (including yourself) that actually enjoy living?
Think about this.
How many people do you know that greet you with a warm smile and make eye contact?
How many folks do you come across that ask about your day, and actually listen to what you are saying?
Continue reading “Morning Rituals For Success”
Time Under Tension.
What is it?
Time Under Tension is the amount of time a muscle is under strain during a set of weight bearing exercise.
Why is this important?
This is important because the duration of stimulus and tension on a muscle are key factors for growth and strength.
Longer bouts of strain lead to more muscle breakdown during a workout.
Continue reading “King T.U.T”
We are officially one whole month into the New Year!
You know what that means.
It’s just about time for the majority of people who started the year off with the resolution to lose weight and get “healthy” to give up and try again next year.
I can already see it happening at my gym.
Continue reading “You’re Doing It Wrong”
For those of you that don’t know, I injured my right shoulder pretty badly a few months ago.
I was playing basketball and ran blindly into a screen at about 75% of my full speed.
I sustained a Grade 2 sprain of the AC joint and did not regain full mobility in my shoulder for almost 3 months.
While I still feel a little discomfort, I am back to training at 100% and feel great.
That brings me to the topic of this post.
Continue reading “Tips For Healthy Shoulders”