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

3 Essential Lower Body Movements and the Best Ways to Perform Them

Whatever your training split and no matter your experience level, there are certain fundamental movements that are worth mastering. For the lower body, our Big Three are the Squat, the Lunge, and the Deadlift. Here are a few variations of each worth trying. Squat Goblet: Hold a dumbbell, kettlebell, or medicine ball to your chest … Continue reading 3 Essential Lower Body Movements and the Best Ways to Perform Them

Attacking the “Spot Reduction” Myth (And How to Actually Lose Fat)

Many of us seek iconic six-pack abs—and to achieve this, we perform a thousand crunches per day. Others want big arms to fill out their t-shirts. To do that, they do biceps curls until the dumbbells fall out of their hands. Or perhaps we're after a toned butt and thusly start walking around with an … Continue reading Attacking the “Spot Reduction” Myth (And How to Actually Lose Fat)

Physical Training Helps With Anxiety and Depression: Studies

Why do we train? Some do it to look better. Others do it to be more functional at their job or in daily life. Some do it for physical health purposes. But what about our mental health? Those who work out consistently long-term readily understand the benefits of regular training, both physically and mentally. If … Continue reading Physical Training Helps With Anxiety and Depression: Studies

THE REAL REASON RUNNING HURTS—AND HOW TO FIX IT

Running, while a popular activity and good cardio, can be hard on the joints. And a running injury can affect people's training for weeks, if not months. For decades, researchers have studied the biomechanics of runners to understand how to minimize injury. Most of that research has looked at vertical forces through the leg as … Continue reading THE REAL REASON RUNNING HURTS—AND HOW TO FIX IT

Hiyah! The Performance Advantage of Grunting in Sports

  Some of the world's best tennis players grunt almost religiously on their big hits. Often distinct, its nuances reflected in the type of shot, the grunt was an extension of the player; a piece of their personality—one which critics have claimed is unnecessary and a tarnish on an otherwise quiet, gentlemanly sport. Studies, however, … Continue reading Hiyah! The Performance Advantage of Grunting in Sports

How to Develop Fast, Powerful, Explosive Legs

Powerful legs are an indispensable tool in any athlete's kit, regardless of the sport they play. From golf to football to MMA, a player's performance benefits from a lower body capable of explosive movements. And, yes, it helps with traditional lifting in the gym, too. Most people start building leg power through heavy barbell squats … Continue reading How to Develop Fast, Powerful, Explosive Legs