Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Pictures from 2011 USPA CA State Powerlifting Competition

Congrats to GTS client Robb Ross for winning his first Bench Press Only Competition! Rob just missed an American Record for his weight and age group. The record will be his by the next competition!

Check out the pics from the competition below!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

USPA CA State Deadlift Competition - Training and Results

Here's video from my 8 weeks of training leading up to this past weekends USPA CA State Deadlift Competition. I performed a total of 11 working reps over 8 weeks (I think about 25-30 total reps if you include warm ups).

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

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Back Extensions and What You Should Know

Back Extensions and What You Should Know

Thought this would be a good blog post (via to share as I've seen many people perform this exercise with intensions of strengthening the back, but instead do more harm then good. I encourage you to read and watch the video even if you know the "proper" way to perform this exercise.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Shred Em Up Core Training Workout

Here's a video of a bunch of core exercises I perform with some of my clients, and a workout you can try on your own.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

"The Athlete" - Understanding body type diversity

"The Athlete" is a collection of photographs of various Olympic athletes by Howard Schartz and Beverly Ornstein.

The author of this blog post said it best...
"This photoshoot serves as awesome reference reminding us artists that strong bodies come in all kinds of shapes and sizes and muscles show up in different ways. It also helps us keep in mind that not everyone who is fit is also lean. There’s often a layer of fat over the muscles, making them less visible for some....

Reminder to self and others: fitness does not always equal perfect washboard abs."

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Home Workout: Band Overhead Press and Lunge Complex

Here's another great extra workout or additional complex to add to your longer workouts that doesn't take up much space or time.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Split Squat with Knee drive for improved power and speed

While training for my upcoming Deadlift competition I was thinking through some single leg movements that would allow me to train my legs explosively while reducing the overall fatigue a bilateral (2 leg) squat would have on my nervous system.

Monday, March 7, 2011

why short intense workouts?

I think its important to always ask "why?"
Why are you doing something?
Is it still working?
Is there a way to make it better?

This is one of the reasons why I've come to love short intense workouts.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Look in your trainers fridge

Just returned from grocery shopping at Trader Joe's.  Figured I'd share what a typical trip to the store consists of for my Fiance and I.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Video: Paea breaks combine bench-press record with 49 reps

Check out video of Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea (6-foot-1, 300 pounds) at the 2011 Combine setting the 225 lb Bench Press record with 49 reps.

Paea broke the old record of 45, which was held by three players -- Mitch Petrus(notes) (2010), Mike Kudla (2006) and Leif Larsen (2000).

Furious 40 Challenge

Here's a fun little metabolic finisher/challenge to add to the end of your workout.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Home Workout: Push Up Squat Complex

Here's another great extra workout or additional complex to add to your longer workouts that doesn't take up much space or time.