Review Category : Exercise

The Hip Hinge

Red alert, red alert! I haven’t been at Cressey Performance for all that long, but already I’ve noticed an all-too-common pattern. In both beginner trainees and seasoned veterans alike, pulling more weight seems to be a universal goal that everyone strives for – but oftentimes this happens at the sake of proper form. Many of us know that the deadlift is one of the more technical exercises out there. It’s always a good idea to have a knowledgeable coach watching you lift, especially as you near your max, as old movement patterns from the past may resurface and behaviors you thought you’d effectively eliminated may spring up again.

Keep your chest up. Tuck that chin. Pull your shoulders back and down. Push the knees out when you pull. Squeeze the glutes at the top. Don’t hyperextend. Look down. Sit back, sit back, sit back.

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Mastering the Basics: Training Edition

Many sports are organized in such a fashion that mandates formal mastery of some skill before advancing to the next level. With Tae Kwon Do, you start out with the white belt, then you progress to yellow belt, and so on and so forth until you finally obtain elite black belt status. Gymnastics works in a similar fashion: once level 5 is reached, the athlete is required to meet a minimum score before moving forward and eventually becoming an elite gymnast. There are strict rules to adhere to and milestones that must be achieved. With general gym training, however, such rules do not exist.

Trap bar deadlift, then sumo, then conventional.
Goblet squat, then front, then back.
Crawl, then walk, then run.

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6 Commonly Overlooked Training Mistakes You’re Making

Today’s piece is the first of its kind on this site. As many of you are aware, I’ve been spending this summer working as a coaching intern at Cressey Performance in Hudson, Massachusetts. So far it’s been a wild ride – I’m learning a ton, having fun, and pretty much bathing in awesome 24/7 what with all the incredible people here. I am one of six interns, and we’ve all become close pretty quickly. The idea came to me sometime last week to have a collaboration post with each of the six of us contributing and offering a different angle. We eventually agreed to write on overlooked training mistakes that most of the active population is likely to make when in the gym setting.

Here’s our final product. Let us know what you think!

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Cardio In a Hurry: Metabolic Workout Ideas – The Tabata Method

Steady-state cardio is not my favorite, but I think we’ve established that by now. I strongly prefer metabolic workouts for a multitude of reasons, most notably because they’re time-efficient, they’re more effective toward fat loss goals, and they don’t make me go cross-eyed with boredom.

This will be the first of a series on alternatives to steady-state cardio. Feel free to sprinkle them into your week for a change of pace.

You’re welcome in advance. Or… I’m sorry. Maybe both?

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…But I Work Around the Clock! Fitness For a Busy Life

“I just don’t have the time” is no longer an excuse. I don’t care if you’re a full-time student and a full-time employee. I don’t care if you’re working 100+ hour weeks, if you have 5 kids, or if your significant other is eating up all of your time. I know people who embody these things and they manage to stay in great shape.

Yes, this may sound harsh, but I was raised with a whole lot of tough love, and that’s what I’m giving you now. If you want something badly enough, you will find a way to get it. No wall is too high; no obstacle is too hard. Your excuse, my friend, is invalid.

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The Sexification of Sohee Lee: Part I

It’s been a while since I’ve worked with a formal coach. I haven’t paid someone to tell me what to eat and what to lift in a number of months. This past December, Rog and I got to talking – what if we became each other’s accountability partners?

Fast forward to today, and we’ve agreed to take it one step further. I guess in a way, we’ll be making the whole Internet our accountability partner. You. Keeping eyes on us.

So what’s going on in my world?

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Cardio Bunny? Stop It – Stop It Now!

My opinion on cardiovascular exercise has changed drastically in the years since I’ve become involved in fitness. For those of you familiar with my backstory, I was once the queen of all cardio bunnies – I was the Queen B, y’all! Starting in middle school, I was regularly running for an hour followed immediately with two hours of swimming almost everyday. I was burning through 15 miles a day either on the treadmill or outdoors by the time I hit high school. While I initially did it because I wanted to be a faster runner, my goals quickly deteriorated into “do it for the calorie burn, baby!”, all the while not seeing any visible changes in my physique.

For some of you, your beliefs on cardio to sculpt a rockin’ bod will be different from mine. Many of you think that you need to do 45 minutes of cardio day in and day out in order to be lean. A lot of you probably have once said something along the lines of, “Oh my God, that ice cream was so good; now it’s time to go run it off,” or, “I totally deserve that cream cheese bagel after biking for 30 minutes.” Cool story, brah. How’s that working out for you?

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