Strength Is To Athlete As Math Is To Scientist


Come join me on a trip down the river mathematica… where biceps rule. The Problem: Too Much Learnin’ There is a TON of advice out there on strength training. But how do you know what advice applies to YOU, and what advice doesn’t? For instance: Exactly how strong a squatter do you NEED to be? […]

For Athletes, Milk Mustaches Are More Than Just Cool: In Defense of Chocolate Milk


The following is an advocacy article for Chocolate Milk as a recovery aid for athletes. It’s a guest piece by my friend and colleague Peter Curcio, a registered dietitian, trainer, and Olympic weightlifter. I really like that he isn’t just another dietitian. Because he also competes in the sport of weightlifting (lucky for me, as […]

Reflections After a Horrible “Strength Training” Workshop: Women, Weightlifting, and The Coach as Scientist


A few months back, my friend Beth asked if I’d like to go to a continuing education conference/workshop on Strength Training with her.  Beth is a PhD, a researcher in Physical Therapy, and has a background as a clinician.  She and I often have great discussions about all kinds of things, strength training among them.  […]

Post-Workout Chocolate Milk – The Debate Rages On


Check out this article at a fantastic blog I just found, Evidence-Based Fitness, written by Bryan Chung.  It’s about chocolate milk as an after workout drink. I think we would all like to believe the pre, intra and post-workout nutrition are very important. We’ve seen one example of how pre-workout protein probably doesn’t really make […]

The ‘Secret’ to Bulgarian Training in Olympic Weightlifting


(Make sure you check out my updated “5 Myths of Bulgarian Weightlifting“) It is an understatement to say that Olympic weightlifters are obsessed with Bulgarians.  No, not the people, or the great food (my Step Dad is Bulgarian, I can testify), or the copious consumption of vodka (well … maybe a bit of that). No, […]

5 Things to Look for in a Strength Coach


Bob Takano has a new article up at his blog in which he mentions a talk he gave to a bunch of parents of volleyball athletes about the importance of determining whether your son’s or daughter’s strength coach is qualified to do what it is your child needs done.  Good strength coaching is becoming a […]

Mega-Mass Gain Diet for Skinny High School Athletes


When I was in High School there were 90 year old women who were bigger, stronger, and taller than I was.   I’ve since gained 60 pounds of muscle–though, I haven’t gotten any taller.  I’ve helped a lot of other skinny kids (and adults) pack on pounds of muscle over the years, and I’m here to […]

Healthy Turkey Chili for Athletes

  I stole this from an Article in Olympic Coach Magazine (the same one I referenced below) I quote it in full: Turkey Chili Serves 6 Ingredients: 1 Tbs Olive oil 16 oz Ground turkey (93% lean) 2 Tbs Garlic, minced 1 cup Diced onion 1 cup Diced bell pepper 1-12 oz Dark Beer or […]

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