You Are What You Train: On the Principle of Specificity

There are many reasons people get involved with sports: improving physical health, relieving stress, building and strengthening social bonds. And there are just as many reasons to get better at sports, too. The brain generally does not appreciate stagnancy; anyone will grow bored of sitting on their thumbs too long. Failing to improve at a … Continue reading You Are What You Train: On the Principle of Specificity

Understanding the Difference Between Fast and Slow Twitch Muscle Fibres

Running a marathon and sprinting the hundred metre dash use the same muscles—but not in the same way. There are big differences beneath the surface. One difference is in fibre types: slow twitch and fast twitch. These fibres are both muscle, but that's all they have in common. Indeed, they both look and act different. … Continue reading Understanding the Difference Between Fast and Slow Twitch Muscle Fibres

SIX EXCELLENT VARIATIONS OF THE SQUAT (AND HOW TO PERFORM THEM)

No workout routine is complete without the infamous Leg Day, and no Leg Day is complete without the almighty Squat: a compound movement that engages muscles throughout your lower body. What the Squat Works Your quadriceps and gluteus maximus will put in the bulk of the work. However, several other muscles play important roles in … Continue reading SIX EXCELLENT VARIATIONS OF THE SQUAT (AND HOW TO PERFORM THEM)

Six Reasons Cyclists Should Incorporate Spin Class into Training

For cyclists, whether mountain goats or tarmac rockets, one major appeal to the sport is being outside. As a result, few try spin classes—sweating in a dark room with blaring music is certainly jarring for those used to the solace of tranquil roads. When winter approaches, however, most of North America transforms into a less-than-ideal … Continue reading Six Reasons Cyclists Should Incorporate Spin Class into Training

7 Healthy Habits for a More Functional Body

Each person's body is an incredible organism, capable of myriad impressive feats—if we so allow, that is. Unfortunately, because the human body is all about adaptation, it quickly deteriorates when neglected. But the counter to that is we have a lot of control over how healthy our bodies are, and that opportunity should not be … Continue reading 7 Healthy Habits for a More Functional Body

Three Supplements That are Actually Worth Your Money

The supplement industry is a large one. And they're savvy marketers. But that doesn't mean every supplement is worth your wallet—on the contrary, few are helpful and almost none are necessary. Indeed, much of the supplements industry is about money for the makers and sellers, not advantages for the athlete.  These three, however, we recommend … Continue reading Three Supplements That are Actually Worth Your Money