A Simple Guide for Cannonball Shoulders

While the shoulder is not a large muscle overall, its positioning on the body makes it rather unique in terms both function and aesthetic. As a result, it is important to train the shoulders well, for purposes of practical mobility—and of course looks, too: hypertrophied shoulder heads can have outsized impacts on silhouettes and complement … Continue reading A Simple Guide for Cannonball Shoulders

Ditch Goals to Create a System of Sustainable Motivation

"Starting is the hardest part." We've all heard this idiom, right? However, for many of us, this does not apply—especially in the category of fitness. Nearly everyone I've known in my life has started toward some fitness goal. Many of them have started several times. Far fewer have sustained their journeys over time. ON MOTIVATION … Continue reading Ditch Goals to Create a System of Sustainable Motivation

When “System Overload” is a Good Thing

I will never forget one elementary school field trip in particular. We went to Playland, where before me loomed the iconic wooden roller coaster, its rickety rails trembling beneath a flying capsule of screaming fanatics. Upon initial observation, the terror appeared to outweigh the fun. My friend Jacob saw things differently. I got into the lineup, … Continue reading When “System Overload” is a Good Thing

Knowing Thy Body: Avoiding Injury ≠ Avoiding Exercises

Nobody wants to get injured, inside or outside of training. It hurts. It dampens progress. And it prevents us from participating in the activities we enjoy. To avoid this costly accident, some supposed experts swear against performing certain movements—you know, the dangerous ones. Which are those? Turns out, none, really. Avoiding injury shares no parallel … Continue reading Knowing Thy Body: Avoiding Injury ≠ Avoiding Exercises

Hip Exercises to Improve Posture and Running Performance

Surrounded by several other key muscles, the hip is a crucial component to any runner's anatomy. Weak hips affect form while running, which can drag down speed and efficiency while increasing rates of injury, according to USA Track & Field physical therapist Jerrica Thomas. “You can lose a lot of power if you have weak … Continue reading Hip Exercises to Improve Posture and Running Performance

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