What’s Speed Got To Do With It?

Most trainers know the speed at which you move (aka tempo) is a great way to manipulate Time Under Tension (TUT) For example…Slow down and Slow up (with no pause at the top or bottom) will generate Constant Tension and maximise TUT. This works well at sub maximal loads and its great for hypertrophy. But do you know how to …

How low should you go?

How far you should squat down is an age old argument. The misguided may tell you that you shouldn’t squat past 90 degrees due to shear pressures on the knee and the blinkered will tell you that if it’s not ass to grass… then it’s not a squat. So who is right? And why all the controversy? The squat can …

Flat back or Round back?

Most trainees are taught to train with a flat back although many will notice that most of the world’s elite lifters use a slightly round back. Like all exercises there’s a Risk/Reward profile in each lift. The lumber spine is susceptible to flexion/extension injuries so lifting with a flat back decreases the likelihood of injury. (In other words…avoid both flexion …

Find any clients best squat stance

Have you wondered why some people squat with a wider stance versus a narrower one? Or with their feet straight ahead versus their feet pointing out? One of the fundamentals of a good squat is correct foot positioning. But is there a better/best/most optimal foot Stance position? You bet there is… And foot position is one of the essential elements …

When is it good to be tight?

There’s a secret that world class athletes use to produce phenomenal lifts…superhuman efforts…and world records. The secret is that strength is about tightness. So what is that? There’s a secret that world class athletes use to produce phenomenal lifts…superhuman efforts…and world records. The secret is that strength is about TIGHTNESS So what is that? Well, the weight on your back …

Whats the best breathing strategy when squatting?

There’s some controversy about how to breathe while squatting. Breathing is at the very top of our bodily systems…imagine not breathing for 4 minutes. Its importance is absolutely vital so what’s the correct strategy? That depends on your goals. And your goals will determine your load you lift, and your load determines which breathing strategy is right for you. If …

What could Stephen Covey tell us about Squatting?

I first came across this cool concept from Stephen Covey in one of his talks on productivity. He was speaking to a group of business students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration I’m sure those students will never forget and after you read this… neither will you! After I share it with you, you’ll never forget it …