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Deconstructing the Deadlift

There are more opinions on deadlift technique than there are Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavors. How does one decide the correct technique? Who should deadlift? What is the best warm-up for deadlifting? How do you progress to maximize gain, and minimize the risk of injury? Honestly, I'd be writing for a week to answer all [...]

By | May 17th, 2017|Squat & Deadlift|0 Comments

Using Resistance Training to Overcome Metabolic Dysfunction: FIT after 40

Spoiler alert: this Blog, I mean book, comes from a dude’s perspective. But ladies, this article, and the concepts like bone density, fascia, and function very much apply to you. Weight training: you either love it or hate it. That being said, it is safe to assume that a large number of teenage dudes, myself [...]

By | March 30th, 2017|Loaded Movement|0 Comments

Engagement (7 client engagement mistakes & ways to overcome these PT business pitfalls)

At BCPTI our instructors are constantly looking for ways to help students recognize the gaps in current best practice tactics, and then give them the gap removing tools to create success in their new career endeavors. Training engagement is something we stress constantly with our trainers & students. Why is engagement so important? Engaged = [...]

Cardio (FITTER) = Frequency, Intensity, Time, Type, Enjoyment & Recovery

The #1 FITNESS predictor of a longer, more productive life is your cardiovascular fitness http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/107/1/e2 . Yet, when I ask client’s or students if they regularly perform cardio, the response is 50% I hate cardio - 50% I love cardio. Whether you love cardio or not, are training for sport, calorie deficit, recovery or health, [...]

By | December 14th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Shoulder Mobility & Movement Prep

In our world of sedentary lifestyles, phones and computers, sitting disease leading to typically poor posture and poor shoulder function is all too common. The shoulder joint without muscular contraction and synergistic stability is very unstable. While things like genetics, muscular balance, shoulder joint fibrosis and previous injury can certainly restrict ROM, most people actually [...]

By | November 26th, 2016|Mobility & Movement|0 Comments

Athletic style workouts for Fitness, Fascial health, and Performance increase that’s transferable to Sport and Function

I had just retired from playing professional hockey after 8 years and had no real clue what I wanted to do with my career. How had I become a professional hockey player? I worked harder than anyone and I did whatever was necessary to win. By doing whatever was necessary, I became the fittest athlete [...]

By | March 22nd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Developing & Maximizing Your Trainer Educational Toolbox

One to two times per week, a trainer will ask me, “What courses, books or resources are best suited to help me achieve my fitness and/or career goals”. Fitness education & CEC’s can be a difficult monster to slay, particularly for those considering a fitness career or are brand new to the industry. [...]

By | January 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Practical Research Review

MacDonald et al. (2013). An Acute Bout of Self Myofascial Release Increases Range of Motion Without a Subsequent Decrease in Muscle Activation or Force. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 27(3): 812 – 821. Athletes and fitness enthusiasts all around the world use self-myofascial release techniques to improve range of motion and recover [...]

By | January 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Proper Strength Training Progression

To do or not to do, this is the question of the day. I get a lot of questions about exercises you should or shouldn’t do – call them contraindicated if u may. Some of the most popular contraindicated exercises are: Good Mornings Crunches / Sit-ups Behind the Neck Press I can biomechanically explain why [...]

By | November 5th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A 6 Min Full Body Mobility & Flexibility Sequence Nearly Everyone Can & Should Be Doing

Chad Benson, MSc, CSCS, PT There are several video links inside this document but this one is a 20 min comprehensive (more exercises) version of the sequence below. Some of favorite flexibility drills and is a great adjunct to the exercises below. Next week, I am going to post a 6 min [...]

By | October 13th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments