Strength Training

A Case for Wide Squats

Squats are a staple of any sound exercise program. Whether goblet, front, or back, we need to include them, and we need to squat wide. The value that squats add to quadriceps growth and functional capacity in life is undoubted. However, traditional or narrow stance squats simply don’t provide the same total muscular activity as a wide stance. Conventional wisdom of ideal squat form has been popularized, and anyone with half an interest in strength training will eventually stumble upon information on how to improve and modify the lift. Squats should be looked at as [...]

By |2022-06-10T10:35:20-04:00October 8, 2013|Squat, Strength Training|

Is Your Squat to Low?

Is Your Squat Too Low? TAGS: hamstring strength, Chance Cianciola, preventing injury, squat depth, powerlifter   The squat is one of the main lifts in powerlifting and the most important movement in sports conditioning. It's taught and performed in an assortment of ways. The fundamentals are universal, but details such as stance width, toe direction, and squat depth tend to differ. One aspect that is consistently debated is whether below parallel is a must or bad for the body. Truthfully, there isn't any definite answer to that debate. Every person is different and can reach [...]

By |2022-06-10T10:30:17-04:00October 8, 2013|Powerlifting, Squat, Strength Training|

5 Reasons Why You Need to be Stronger by Louisville Personal Trainer Brad Longazel

5 Reasons why you need to be Stronger In what I thought was just a normal training session, I was proposed an interesting question that froze me. Why do I need to be any stronger? I paused briefly, this was a client I personally considered for his age group and training history to be very strong. I asked myself what application and need does this desk jockey have for lifting heavier loads. My personal goals and desire for optimal lifting performance where creeping into his program. I wanted him to squat heavy. But did he [...]

By |2022-05-09T20:57:43-04:00October 8, 2013|Conditioning, Fat Loss, Lifestyle, Motivation, Strength Training|

Wide or Narrow Grip Pull Ups: Does It Make a Difference?

Wide or Narrow Grip Pull Ups? Does It Make a Difference? Wide for wide, in for in, in for out, out for in—we’ve heard all the catch phrases for where to hold the bar on a lat pull-down. But do a few inches in or out really make a difference? The latissimus doris (LD) primarily works to create two major actions on the arm. It works in adduction (pulling the arms to the sides of the body) and extension (pulling the arms down from a horizontal position past the torso; 2). Muscles contract in the [...]

By |2022-06-10T10:21:24-04:00October 7, 2013|Strength Training|

Revamping Your Rotator Cuff

The strengthening of the four muscles that comprise the rotator cuff is often over looked in most recreational lifters resistance training programs. The infraspinatus, teres minor, supraspinatus, and subscapularis are responsible for stabilizing the humerus in the glenoid fossa. When the muscles are overlooked for specific strengthening the humerus can move up and down inside the fossa causing bone spurs, deterioration of the cartilage in the joint, as well as tearing of labrum. This can cause severe pain and loss of motion in the shoulder complex. Specific training of these muscles can be easily accomplished [...]

By |2022-05-09T20:57:43-04:00October 7, 2013|Shoulder Pain, Strength Training|
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