Supplements: 5 products to help get that extra edge!

Supplementation may be one of the most daunting tasks for anyone to dive into. No matter where you look, there’s always an ad, or some bottle on a shelf, yelling at you in big, bold letters that it’s going to make you grow 22 inch arms, or that you’ll completely burn off all of your fat, and lose 56lbs in 4 days. With statements so bold, it can be tempting to want to buy a bottle and see if the claims are true. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but most of these short term, huge promises made by supplement companies aren’t true, and they’re able to make these claims with an asterisks because the supplement industry isn’t regulated. To try and make it easy for you, here are 5 supplements that have scientific proof behind them to help give you the extra edge on performance. Continue reading

Box Squats: Why you’re probably doing them wrong

The box squat: One of the most under utilized, and incorrectly used exercises in the strength and conditioning world. You see it in your local gyms, college weight rooms, and team programming, but not many coaches or athletes understand the true meaning behind why we use it, or are even using it for the wrong reasons. Continue reading

Trying to explode through the competition? Time to try accommodating resistance!

You may be wondering what accommodating resistance is, and if you’ve been working out at commercial gyms you may have never seen it. Accommodating resistance is the use of resistance bands, or chains, attached to the barbell when using Olympic, weightlifting, or powerlifting movements. The idea is that the bands or chains decrease the amount of weight in the bottom of the lift, and increase the load as the weight is lifted from the floor. This technique has been made hugely popular by powerlifting legend Louie Simmons from Westside barbell, and has been recently backed up by some interesting scientific literature. The Westside barbell team has been an incredibly successful powerlifting gym that has accredited much of its success to the use of these bands, and its hard to refute due to their consistent record breaking efforts.

Why use this instead of just standard weight on the barbell? Well there’s multiple uses for athlete development, strength increases, as well as possible rehab potential for the sports therapist. Let’s start with the strength and athlete development. Continue reading