Advanced Torso Training…for REAL Core Strength

My friend Jim Smith looks at things from all angles…literally.  His brain never stops and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t sleep. Last time he was in town, dinner was like the ultimate roundtable discussion on every training method imaginable. As one of the masterminds behind the Diesel Crew, he’s also got a reputation for being […]

“Uncommon” dynamic shoulder stabilizers

You don’t typically think of the lats as being shoulder stabilizers, but the latissimus dorsi tendon has fibers that attach directly to the posterior shoulder capsule which keep the capsule taught during shoulder rotation. The biceps long head also provides an important stabilizing function during the first 50 degrees of arm elevation and external rotation […]

Last Day for Muscle Gaining Secrets Upgrade

Just wanted to let you know that this is the last day to take advantage of Jason Ferruggia’s Muscle Gaining Secrets upgrade.  I was going through some of the new additions to the program and spent some time on the Muscle Gaining Secrets forum.  I was pleasantly surprised to see the big names and great […]

What’s a power exercise?

Question:  What’s a power exercise?  Is it an Olympic lift?  Is a squat or bench press a power exercise? Answer:  Because power = Force x Distance/Time (AKA force x velocity), as long as dynamic movement takes place (distance), any exercise generates power.  Some forms of exercise are inherently more power generating than others.  For instance, […]

More Muscle Gaining Secrets

I got a message from Jason Ferruggia last week.  If you haven’t gotten his book Muscle Gaining Secrets yet (and why haven’t you?), you need to get it now. In addition to all the bonus materials that you normally get with his outstanding book, Jason has added on bunch more. How many bonuses? Try 20…and they could […]

Function changes in a moment

Most general descriptions of muscle function are explained from a reference of anatomical alignment. Anatomical alignment is much like lying on your back, arms at your sides, palms up, legs straight, toes up. When you begin moving out of such an alignment, joint angles and muscular functions change. For instance, gluteus medius is primarily known as […]


How do you know if your current program is effective in improving your athletic performance? When was the last time you assessed your posture, your range of motion, your strength levels, your body fat, or your anaerobic power? The testing methods you use will, of course, depend on your needs and your goals. Strength is […]