Speed/Agility Ladders, Good or Useless?

With the warmer weather finally starting here in Canada, outdoor sports are starting. With this comes the over and misuse of 1 particular training tool, the Speed/Agility ladder. Proponents of them make some serious claims of ladders will make you faster, and that they will improve your change of direction ability. The truth is, NEITHER […]

The SAID Principle

     Training is very much like Academics! This is a bold statement so now bear with me to explain why. It all has to do with the SAID principle or Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demand. In training, this is often not understood by trainers or trainees and as a result, it is disregarded by the […]

Should Athletes Wear Lifting Belts?

    In my opinion the answer is that they should not, unless they have a history of back injury. The simplest reason for this is that they do not compete in their sport with a lifting belt (except for Olympic Weightlifting, powerlifting, strongman and Crossfit). As well the belt is often used as a […]

Time under Tension Part 1: What is it?

In part 1 of this series I will explain what Time under Tension and Tempo are:One question that always pops up when I’m explaining a program to a client or athlete is what is tempo and what is Time Under Tension or TUT for shortTo put it simply, it is how long a muscle is […]

5 Benefits to Training the FULL Range of Motion

Here are 5 benefits to training the full range of motion in the weight room:1) Healthier joints: By moving the joint throughout its entire range of motion, the ligaments and tendons will also be stressed (good stress) to stretch and contract. This will stimulate recovery pathways to reinforce these tissues to become stronger. As well full ROM movement […]

Top 3 reasons to eat more protein

Protein is an essential macronutrient that our bodies need for normal healthy functioning. One thing I have noticed for many of my clients and athletes is that they do not consume adequate amounts of protein. This has detrimental consequences for proper health and performance. Instead they initially come in on a high carbohydrate diet making […]

Oxygen Deprivation Masks, Just Another Gimmick

In the past few years I’ve seen more and more people wearing these depravation masks. They’re wearing them while doing all forms of training where they look like Bane from Batman. The premise behind these masks is that by restricting the amount of air you get while training, the the harder your aerobic system has […]