Author: John Paul Catanzaro

The Story of Invincible

September 26, 2022 | John Paul Catanzaro

Injury Prevention Strategies for Aging Athletes is a seminar that I've presented several times over the years to professional organizations like the ...

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Weight Training Transformed This Kid

September 22, 2022 | John Paul Catanzaro

Joseph had tried various sports and activities when he was in grade school. Nothing clicked. He was a below-average student, often getting in trouble...

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Homemade Pickles

September 15, 2022 | John Paul Catanzaro

A few weeks ago, my clients Heather and Gary brought me a jar of homemade pickles. They got the recipe from Once Upon A Chef, and I must say, those p...

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0 to 10 on Chin-Ups and Dips

September 13, 2022 | John Paul Catanzaro

Chin-ups and dips are two of the best strength training exercises you can do, but most people have a hard time doing them. They're a challenge for bo...

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Keeping Up with Current and Not-So-Current Research (August 2022)

August 22, 2022 | John Paul Catanzaro

Research can provide important information to health and fitness professionals, but trying to keep up with it all can be overwhelming! Not to worry, ...

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My Favorite Leg Finisher

August 03, 2022 | John Paul Catanzaro

Everything in context! I’m squatting with 225 pounds in the video below. It doesn’t look like much weight except that I’m doing 20 reps and ...

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An Experienced Trainer Shouldn’t Do This!

July 04, 2022 | John Paul Catanzaro

I noticed this on my walk the other day... If you’re an experienced trainer, you don’t need to advertise your services. Your clients will ...

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Semi-Supinated Chin-Ups

July 02, 2022 | John Paul Catanzaro

If supinated-grip chin-ups with a straight bar give you elbow or wrist pain, try doing them semi-supinated. Just drape an EZ curl bar over a power ca...

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Reverse Squat

June 30, 2022 | John Paul Catanzaro

What many people consider a reverse squat is more like a reverse leg press, although technically it's a low-pulley knee-in. This is what a reverse sq...

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Step-Up Progressions

May 23, 2022 | John Paul Catanzaro

Step-ups are a staple exercise for the lower body. Start off with your body weight and a low step, and work your way through the following progressio...

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Grin and Bare Abs

April 04, 2022 | John Paul Catanzaro

If you want to build a serious set of abdominals, routinely perform weighted pull-ups and dips. These multi-joint movements require a strong contribu...

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Step Loading

February 27, 2022 | John Paul Catanzaro

Here’s an example of step loading where you aim to do the same number of reps each set but gradually increase the weight in small increments. Start...

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Keeping Up with Current Research (February 2022)

February 22, 2022 | John Paul Catanzaro

Research can provide golden information to health and fitness professionals. Here are some recent findings to help you stay ahead of the pack: Div...

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Hip Isolation Work

February 20, 2022 | John Paul Catanzaro

Do you want to squat deeper, jump higher, or run faster? Hip isolation work can help your performance in and out of the gym… and as an added bonus,...

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Tib Bar Raises

February 12, 2022 | John Paul Catanzaro

Check out the new addition to the family. It’s called the Tib Bar and as the name implies, it works the tibialis anterior, a muscle that is often o...

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Two Steps to a One-Arm Chin-Up

February 06, 2022 | John Paul Catanzaro

Training to do a one-arm chin-up involves a two-step process:a) Start with a mixed grip with your hands placed shoulder-width apart as I’m demonstr...

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Chi Machine Power Nap

January 30, 2022 | John Paul Catanzaro

Back in 2007, my colleague Yusuf Omar introduced me to this neat device. It’s called a Chi machine. The first time I tried it, I was hooked! I purc...

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My Workout Supplement Ritual

January 14, 2022 | John Paul Catanzaro

I've said it many times in the past, vegetables have all the benefits of fruit without the sugar, but that doesn't mean that I'm anti-fruit! I advoca...

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Wrist Roller Extension and Flexion

December 11, 2021 | John Paul Catanzaro

The low-pulley wrist roller is a great exercise for the forearm extensors and flexors. Just make sure to have a fire extinguisher nearby! https:/...

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Breakfast of Superfoods

December 03, 2021 | John Paul Catanzaro

What’s so special about this morning’s breakfast? It’s just a burger with two eggs, but that burger is a combination of two-thirds ground beef ...

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