Push-Ups: 21 and Counting

--> Push-ups are a great way to assess muscle endurance of the upper body and core. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) recommend that males perform a push-up test pivoting from the toes and females from the knees. What happens on average when a female goes from a modified (bent-knee) push-up to a standard ...

Posted Sep 12, 2017

Pace Your Recovery

We all know by now that active recovery is better than passive recovery. It's better to keep moving between sets than to sit on your butt. Physically, it helps flush out waste products, prevent blood pooling and lightheadedness, and keep you warm. Mentally, it keeps you focused and motivated. Moving between sets is one aspect to consider; resting too long is another. Most ...

Posted Aug 21, 2017

The Beauty of Collagen

If something was ailing you back in the old days, they'd tell you to eat that specific part of an animal. Whatever the case may be – heart, liver, eyes, testicles, you name it – just eat that animal part and you'd be cured! Of course, that tradition has been abandoned in our wise, civilized culture. We use supplements now: Can't stand the taste of liver? ...

Posted Aug 14, 2017

A New Way to Taper

A common practice in strength training is to work up to a peak load over a number of workouts, and then drop down a bit at the end before starting a new program. Although in theory it’s useful to deload at the end of a routine to prepare, or more appropriately, “repair” the body for the next program to follow, the reality is that it may not be in your best ...

Posted Jul 31, 2017

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