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Perfect Squat for Your Health

Perfect Squat for Your Health

Squatting gets a bad rap from many non-lifters, with the most common negative thing being the myth that squatting hurts the knees. Here’s the thing – there are many different types and kinds of squats and not everybody is built for very heavy barbell back squats.  So, if that is the image swirling through your head, then this article should prove enlightening for you.

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5 Training Reasons You Don’t Achieve Your Strength Goals

5 Training Reasons You Don't Achieve Your Strength Goals

Here are 5 training reasons why you may not be achieving your strength goals.  As I’ve written numerous times before, it’s critical to strength train at least twice per week, regardless of whether you are an athlete or non-athlete.  The benefits of strength training are well documented for aging well and for optimizing health.

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Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Vinegar folklore is as colorful as it is practical. Legend states that a courtier in Babylonia (c. 5000 BC) “discovered” wine, formed from unattended grape juice, leading to the eventual discovery of vinegar and its use as a food preservative.

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Fasted Cardio

Fasted Cardio

Should you do your cardio on an empty stomach or should you eat first?  There are a lot of divergent opinions on this topic.  Here is what the research says and my opinion.

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Tips for Better Deadlifts

Tips for Better Deadlifts

The purpose of today’s article is to provide 2 simple tips to make your deadlift training more effective.  The purpose is not to suggest that you should be deadlifting, because that should be quite obvious.  Everyone should absolutely be deadlifting!

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Holistic Healing

Holistic Healing, Acupuncture, Chiropractic

Over the past couple of years, I have tried out several holistic healing modalities while recovering from injury.  Today’s article will focus on 2 of those modalities – chiropractic and acupuncture. There are many people in the western world who believe that both chiropractic and acupuncture are pure quackery. I say they are wrong and this article will explore this topic.

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Recovery for Athletic Growth

Recovery for Athletic Growth

Today’s article is for the athletes out there. Most athletes know that recovery is important for performance, growth, etc…but most do a poor job when it comes to recovery.The reasons, I believe are twofold: impatience and fear of performance degradation.

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The Latest Science on Nighttime Protein

Nighttime Protein

A recent Japanese study took a look at protein timing, and specifically the timing before going to sleep. Traditional “bro-science” has maintained for many years that muscle growth is optimized with a relatively even protein intake throughout the day. However, these researchers found that consuming a disproportionate amount of protein at breakfast and lunch adversely affected muscle protein synthesis.

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Sleep Rituals

Sleep Rituals

Sleep is extremely important.  Unfortunately, most Americans are getting less and less sleep each year.  Sleep is the time where are bodies heal themselves in myriad ways, and in young people, sleep is when they grow. The importance of sleep should never be downgraded.

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Thoughts on the Perfect Physique

How do you define the perfect physique?

How do you define the perfect physique? A lot of people define it in terms of “having abs, bro.”  Or getting to a certain weight and/or body fat percentage. And people all over the US beat themselves up day in and day out, trying to reach that “perfect physique.”  Personally, I think that being healthy and having a body composition goal are admirable, but within context.  What do I mean by that?

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