Category: Exercise Optimization

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How Often Should You Lift Weights?

“How often should I lift weights?”  It’s one of the most common questions I get in the clinic and at the gym.  It’s usually asked by people who work out every day but aren’t seeing much progress.  They wonder if they are overdoing it.  Essentially they are asking “Should I be working out less?” And […]

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4 Simple Tips to Stop Shoulder Pain During Bench Press

One of the more common questions I get is about bench pressing and shoulder pain. People often get shoulder pain from working out. One of the most common exercises this occurs during is the bench press. People want to keep exercising, but find the pain worrisome as well as difficult to adjust to. It’s a […]

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5 Myths and 5 Facts About Stretching

Myths and Benefits of Stretching Mobility, mobilization, stretching, whatever you want to call it.  Stretching is great – Or so we’ve all been told.  We’ve all been sold on the benefits of stretching.  Heck, some folks make their entire income by selling mobility tools and stretching routines.  All around the world, people stretch before sports […]

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What is EPOC?

What is EPOC? When you exercise, your metabolism flares up like a roaring bonfire.  But once those brilliant flames have faded, you still have smoldering embers throwing off heat and keeping you toasty.  Your metabolism actually works like that too.  After an intense workout is done blazing through calories, you can still have a slow […]

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Neurologic Adaptations to Strength Training

Why do you get so strong so quickly when you start working out? Why do your gains slow down so much after you exercise for a while?  Why are PR’s so easy when you start lifting and so hard later?  This weeks post is all about answering these fundamental questions.  As a gym owner or […]

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What’s the Best Diet: The Science of Weight Loss

What’s in a Diet? Diet is arguably, the biggest component of a healthy lifestyle.  It is no wonder people scour the internet looking for the latest and best dieting trends.  Buzzy words like “keto”, “paleo”, and “IIFYM” get tossed around.  People will fiercely defend their diet of choice with their own anecdotal “evidence”.  But how […]

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The Importance of Intensity

How To Stop the Stall, and Hit PR’s. One of the biggest reasons people stop working out is because they get frustrated.  They go out every day and spend an hour exercising but never seem to make any progress.  Why would you waste all that time if you don’t see any results?  The point of […]

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Which is Better: High Weight or High Reps?

High Weight or High Reps, Which is Better? This is a question from a reader and one that coaches hear frequently.  High Weight vs. High Reps – both workouts have their place.  Most people think that high weight workouts will increase muscle size, and high rep workouts will lead to a thin, toned look.  And a […]

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