My Current Vision of Abdominal Training

This post was inspired fully by Mike Robertson's awesome article published a few weeks ago titled: Should We Train The Rectus Abdominus. I strongly recommend you click on that link above and read that article. Mike Robertson has been a huge influence on me and when he says something crazy, there is usually something behind it. In his article above he discusses a couple of the finer points of the neutral spine. I too have been using the chest-up cue for the entire time I've been training clients. It's a simple cue to help people understand how to keep their thoracic spine extended rather than flexed during various exercises. As a matter of fact, I cue neutral spine for pretty much ALL free weight exercises. I'm fully aware that there…
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Resistance Training for Fat Loss: Sets and Reps

This is something that I've been wanting to write about in the last little while. Seeing as I usually work with clients who are interested in body composition, I though this might be helpful to many others out there. I've already covered my top 5 lifts for fat loss here. If you haven't read that yet, I strongly suggest you check it out, it's a quickie! Anyways. The old adage of doing sets of 20 reps for fat loss is completely bogus, yet that myth refuses to die. As an addition to this myth is the fact that loads will be incredibly light in order to actually be able to perform 20 reps. Why does this matter? If you aren't lifting a weight that will induce some sort of hypertrophy,…
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My Go-To Meals

As anyone who reads my blog knows I only eat two times per day. I generally only cycle through around 6-8 meals that are all pretty much equal in terms of calorie content. This gives me the opportunity to easily cycle through different meals while consuming the same amount of calories in a given day. A few of my clients have asked me to write a few of these meals in a post for everyone to view. I don't think I eat anything that's revolutionary, but perhaps you can get some ideas from this quick post. My first meal is usually some sort of oatmeal concoction. The second meal is some sort of meat-based meal. Here is what these two meals would look like: [caption id="attachment_751" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Chocolate-Peanut Butter…
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