My FMS II Experience

I attended the FMS II certification last weekend and had an absolute blast. I wrote in June about how I liked my FMS I. I realized in that article I didn't really write about what the FMS is, how it's used, and why it's used. Let's have a look at this first. The FMS (Functional Movement Screen) is a screening tool used to predict risk for musculoskeletal injuries. Various individuals in the health and medical field are using the FMS with their patients/clients. The screen consists of 7 functional movements. A few of the movements have extra screen which identifies if your client has a shoulder impingement problem and/or low back pain in flexion or extension of the spine. In the case that they do have pain, you know that…
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Caffeine: Implications on Fat Loss

I'm sure many of you have heard that caffeine can be used as a supplement to increase fat loss. In this article I will examine if this is true or not. I will also go over how caffeine may or may not hep us lose fat. As per usual, I'll provide you with evidence and you can make your own mind up. Caffeine is found in various drinks and even some food. Caffeine is present in beverages or food. It may be there naturally, in the case of coffee and tea. It may also be added to beverages and food, such as energy drinks, some sweets and certain medications. Caffeine found naturally in drink is going to be different than caffeine found in say energy drink. Coffee will have polyphenols…
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"Clean" Bulking

This was on my mind a few days ago. Why you ask? I remember when I first started training, I'd nearly always refuse to eat "dirty" foods. By "dirty" foods I am talking about foods that are considered by most to be unhealthy. The word dirty, in the context of food is undefinable in my opinion now. However, back in the day, I considered dirty food to things like pizza, fast food, pop, candy etc. I used to think to myself that dirty food had an inherent characteristic, which made you fat. Through everything I have read and learned, I now know that just plain isn't true. As I've discussed numerous times, the body will gain or lose weight with any kinds of food you put in your mouth. Remember…
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Log Your Numbers Damnit!

Short post for Thanksgiving here. Sorry for the lack of content this week. I'll get some good stuff up for you all next week. Anyways... I rarely see people with log books when they go to the gym. I suppose they could have excellent memories... Although I highly doubt it. They're most likely just going to the gym to go through whatever program they memorized from a magazine. Well folks, I guess I haven't gone over this topic much but you need to do better than this if you are looking to progress. Whether your goal is fat loss, or muscle gain, you should be logging your progress. In terms of fat loss you may try to do as much work in as little time as possible. If you never…
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The Importance of Hip and Ankle Mobility For Athletes: Part I

Before I start anything, you should really read a little bit on the joint-by-joint approach to training. Check out this. Pretty much all sports which require running results in numerous knee injuries. In my case, I had numerous ankle injuries. Obviously injuries in general want to be avoided. Mobility isn't done nearly enough. How do I know this? I know quite a few athletes at my gym and I pretty much never see them doing mobility work. Is this applicable to everyone? Nope, but it never hurts to try right? In the joint-by-joint approach to training the ankle requires mobility, the knee requires stability and the hips require mobility. If you are lacking mobility at the ankle or hips, you will regain this mobility in the knee. The knee is…
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