1. Testosterone and Obesity

    Clinical research suggests that men with Metabolic Syndrome suffer from lower testosterone levels. Although the main role of stored fat is energy and insulation, fat tissues also produce hormones such as leptin, estrogen, resisten and the cytokine TNFα. There is an inverse relationship between estrogen and testosterone.  Chronically elevated estrogen levels, lead to suppressed testosterone level…Read More

  2. How We Get Stronger: the science and principles of training

    Stronger is better. Period. Regardless of your fitness goals, becoming stronger will always help performance. Whether you want to increase performance in a field sport, weightlifting, powerlifting, or you just want to be able to move better as you age, increasing your ability to efficiently generate and apply force (strength) will help you reach those goals. So how does this happen? Why do our bod…Read More

  3. Why Do We Deload?

    Any legitimate strength program should incorporate a Deload Week. Most programs are usually three weeks hard, one week at 50% or so. The reason we do this is to let the body recover,  so we can continue to lift hard and heavy. It’s been proven time and time again, that Deload Weeks are a huge aspect of gaining strength, but also staying injury free. If this sounds horrible to you and you want t…Read More

  4. Pre, Intra, and Post Nutrition: Why It Matters

    Pre, Intra, and Post Nutrition: Why It Matters The Importance of Pre-Workout Nutrition Sustains energy Boosts performance Provides the body with circulating amino acids Preserves muscle glycogen, minimizing muscle damage and breakdown Stimulates the release of insulin (anabolic hormone) Aids in recovery What to eat and when to eat it? The main components of a pre-workout meal should be protein and…Read More

  5. Back to Basics: Foundational Strength & Training Specificity

    Back to Basics:  Foundational Strength & Training Specificity When I use the term, foundational strength, I’m referring to what many call general physical preparedness (GPP). I don’t call it this to be different, it just makes more sense in my head. In my own words, foundational strength can be defined as this: the prerequisite physical skill-set required to apply force efficiently throug…Read More