The organic vs. conventional debate will rage on forever. No matter which side of the fence you’re on, these 12 produce items should ALWAYS be consumed organic, as they are the most heavily contaminated, sprayed, and pesticide covered foods grown today. Read more →
At home your routine is solid as a rock. But travel across the country for 3 days and see how well you can stick to that routine! Whether you’re 2 hours, 2 states, or 2,000 miles from home, this post will show you how to stay on track even when you’re away from home. Read more →
Everybody benches. It doesn’t matter sport you play or what goal you’re chasing in the weight room, everyone wants to bench MORE! Who hasn’t been asked “Whaddya Bench?” Here are 3 tips that will help you move more weight instantly! Read more →
There is a lot of information circulating as to what is healthy, what you should eat, and when you should stop eating it. Some of it is correct. Some, not so much. Read on to see the 5 Foods To Avoid if you want to be a healthy, strong, ass-kicking human! Read more →
Every athlete wants more speed and more power. But not every athlete has access to a state-of-the-art training facility. So here are my Top 4 exercises for explosive speed and power without weights.
NO bodyweight list would be complete without pullups. And since we’re talking speed and power, lets get explosive with these!Check out this video for a demo
As you can see in the video, these not only build upper body power, but they’re great for impressing your friends – and the opposite sex. Let’s be honest, that’s at least PART of the reason why you’re busting your ass…
I shouldn’t have to say this, but I feel compelled to do so – use good judgement & don’t be an idiot with these. Don’t hurt yourself trying to become a YouTube sensation or a Tosh.0 superstar.
Upper Body “Box Jump”
Everyone has seen the plyo, or “clap” pushup. But the evil genius who is Todd Bumgardener introduced me to these – and they’re awesome! Just like the name implies, these “pushups” are box jumps for the upper body. The idea here is to produce so much force that your pushup propels your body skyward so that your hands land on a surface higher than the ground – just like a box jump. And nothing builds speed and power as efficiently as a move that requires you to simply move your bodyweight as quickly and as forcefully as possible! Todd cautions to be sure you pause for 2-3 seconds in the bottom position to “alleviate any carryover of the stretch reflex”. This means no bouncing – you have to begin from a deadstop and generate shitloads of force! Start with a low box or platform height (an aerobic step is perfect) and work your way up gradually. Check your ego at the door and remember your purpose here – not to impress anyone, but to actually build explosive power and get better!
Broad and Box Jumps
Not going to surprise anyone with these making the list. But, they’re popular for a reason – they work. Here’s the important thing – box jumps, and plyometric training as a whole, is a great tool in your toolbox. But that’s all they are: 1 tool in a box loaded with effective options. They are not the end-all be-all, nor are they a complete training program by themselves.
Here is another gem when it comes to box jumps. I forget who I heard this from, but I think it was Harry Selkow. Most people perform box jumps on a platform that is too high. Their ego gets in the way and they like to say, “I can hit a ____ inch box jump”. The problem is this – in order to land that jump, they raise the knees higher than their mobility allows and round the lower back. This about your squat technique. You wouldn’t put a loaded bar on top of a rounded spine. Similarly, repeated landings and jolts in an equally compromised position can lead to undesired injuries. Below you’ll see 2 photos – the first is a jump that is too high with a compromised landing position. The second looks far less “cool” – but training isn’t about being cool – it’s about getting better. Note the perfect landing position in the second photo.
Speed and power require several things. First and foremost, they require strength. You simply must be able to produce A LOT of force in order to move something quickly. Less obvious, however, is the need for body control and total body tension. Very few moves address strength, body control, AND total body tension like the pistol. That’s why they make this list. Oh and there’s this: show me an athlete who can crank 10 perfect ass-to-heel pistols on each leg – I guarantee you that athlete has the speed and power you want!
It is true that speed and power are traits that one can possess But speed is also a SKILL. That means it can be trained, practiced, and improved. So as you read (and do) these moves, keep that in mind. You’ll need to be moving your body as quickly as possible – practice makes permanent.
This is one of my favorite videos and it always get me fired up to train. It’s different from the other “motivation” videos on YouTube – no fluff, no primping, just real lifters giving everything they’ve got to their craft. When you work this hard, you don’t have to rely on luck! Enjoy… Read more →
Traveling always causes health conscious people like us a great deal of anxiety regarding our training and eating…I’m sure you’ve been there too. We all know it’s hard to eat right on the road and stay on track with your workouts. Today I’m going to share some ideas for success while traveling as well as show you how I handled a recent 4 day trip. Read more →
Paleo. Vegan. High Carb. Low carb. With so much information out there, much of it contradictory, how are you supposed to know how to eat for optimal health?
You know the scary stats. 85% of US adults over the age of 25 are overweight. Chronic disease is the number 1 killer in the US. This country spends $147 BILLION on obesity related expenses every year. We KNOW obesity is a huge problem. So why can’t we turn it around? CJ Hunt’s documentary The Perfect Human Diet explores those questions, and for a change, actually provides some answers! Read more →
A former athlete, Ryan Munsey has a dietetics degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from Clemson University. After graduation, he spurned the traditional R.D. route to pursue fitness modeling in New York City where he also began his career as a personal trainer and nutritionist. Ryan now resides in his hometown of Roanoke, VA where he runs House Of Strength, training a wide variety of clients including athletes from around the world.