Upper body strength

Upper Body Strength in Post-Menopausal Women

Menopause is a unique time in the human life, and with it comes a myriad of changes that can have wide reaching health implications. However, over the last 20 years we have seen a strong body of research demonstrating that many of these changes can be completely mitigate through exercise. Interestingly, when post-menopausal exercise recommendations

Box squats

What Is the Most Effective Squat Position?

Squats are often described as the king of all exercises – and for good reason too. They not only train all the muscles of the lower body, but they also work the muscles of the upper back and core as well. This makes them one of the most effective exercises on the planet. But many

Athletes full range of motion squatting with barbells

Does Using A Full Range of Motion Increase Muscle Growth?

I am sure you have seen one of those videos pop up on your newsfeed before. You know the ones I am talking about – where some guy in a squat rack loads up a bar with over 600 pounds, un-racks it very unsteadily, and then proceeds to perform 3-5 of the shallowest squats you

Male athlete performing abdominal crunches

Are Abdominal Crunches Effective?

For the longest time, crunches were a staple in practically every exercise program on the planet. Suggested to strengthen the ‘core’ and lead to a rock hard set of abs, they were trained with near religious vigour daily. Until they weren’t. Not so long ago, some interesting research came out suggesting that crunches may damage

Athlete lifting barbell

Everything You Need to Know About Lifting to Failure

I love that gym culture has become increasingly popular over the last decade. People are willing to train hard for the sake of self-improvement. People are willing to push themselves in the gym. But with this has come one small negative. The misconception that if you do not leave the gym in a pool of

Lateral lunges

Recruit The Glutes: Drills to Engage Glute and Lateral Line

John Barry Sports Performance Coach Fusion Physical Therapy and Sports Performance New York, NY   We’ve all heard how important it is to engage the “glutes” during an exercise. Whether is a squat, lunge, run or jump. It seems easy enough, but I’ve come across a number of people that do not “know how to” get

Man and woman flexing

Muscular Potential: Men vs Women

It has long been thought that when it comes to building muscle, women are at a massive disadvantage. Whether it be because of hormone levels, muscle fiber distribution, or some other factor that we aren’t yet aware of, it doesn’t matter – people seem to think that women cannot build anywhere near as much muscle

Man weightlifting at the gym

The Effects Of Inter-Set Stretching On Muscle Growth

When we think about building muscle, developing strength, and generally increasing performance, strength training often sits right at the top of the lift. Which is fair enough, because it works, and works incredibly well. But what if I was to tell you that there are certain techniques you can implement to improve the results of


The Trap Bar Deadlift: Improve Your Athletic Performance

Hunter Bennett When it comes to improving athletic performance, strength training is king. It can maximize force production, enhance power development, and ultimately make you a more robust and explosive athlete. However, there is a bit of a caveat here. You see, the way in which you chose to implement strength training is of the

man and woman doing a pull-up

Perfecting Your CrossFit Pull-Up

Hunter Bennett Over the last few years, CrossFit has truly revolutionized the health and fitness landscape. It has changed the way many people look at exercise, while also introducing the many benefits associated with heavy barbell-based strength training to the masses. With this has come the development and alteration of a number of different exercises

Woman running in a endurance race

Developing & Maintaining Athleticism

Hunter Bennett When we think of great athletes, we think of their physical skills on the court. Their ability to make the most ridiculous of shots look easy, their ability to seemingly see the play unfold before it even happens, and their ability to beat their opponent in every manner possible. We think of their

To women jumping on boxes

The Rise of CrossFit

Hunter Bennett Over the last few years, we have seen a resurgence in both high-intensity interval training, and barbell-based strength training – which is undoubtedly a good thing. These types of exercise have been shown to cause large increases in aerobic fitness and muscular strength, thus eliciting huge improvements in health, while also staving off