Hip mobility and strength for increased athletic performance

Patrick Dale

The hip is a very mobile joint. With its ball-and-socket structure, it has a large range of motion. Unfortunately, like it’s structural relative the shoulder joint, all this mobility means that the hip joint can also be unstable and is prone to injury and dysfunction. Surrounded by some of the largest muscles in the human body, the hip is very … Read More

Strong Glutes & Why You Need Them

Krista Bugden

Gwen Jorgensen

Through human evolution, the buttocks served as a key component for mankind to finally raise his hands off the ground and stand erect on two feet. The glutes served as a counterbalance to the chest. This gave our ancestors the ability to stand tall and climb their way to the top of the food chain. At about 330 B.C., Aristotle … Read More

An Introduction To Altitude Training

Patrick Dale

Athletes from all sports go to extreme lengths to improve their performance. When the difference between winning and losing comes down to fractions of meters or seconds, every advantage is worth pursuing, from energy-efficient running shoes to supplements to ultra-light equipment. Some performance-boosting strategies are not even legal, but that doesn’t stop some athletes from using them anyway.  Altitude training … Read More

Eight Essential Posterior Chain Exercises

Aimee Laurence

The posterior chain refers to the muscles on the posterior side of the body from the lower back down to the calves. Devoting time and energy to your posterior chain is known to help gain overall strength in the body and reduce pain during exercising. It is great for your spine and will contribute to toning your gluteal muscles.  With … Read More

How Vibration Therapy Helps Athletes

Krista Bugden

Brent Fikowski using the Sidekick Fuse

The legacy of Ancient Greece lives on. Thousands of year later, the ideas of these ancient people are deeply rooted in modern society. But, what does that have to do with CrossFit or athletics? Most people will immediately think of Olympic origins. And while true – the Olympics originated in Greece – the Greeks were also famously the first to … Read More

How much rest do you need between workouts?

Andrew Kobylarz

Muscles are made in the gym, right? In order to burn fat and build muscle, you need to be working out hard and often.  That means showing up to the gym a lot, lifting lots of weight, and a whole lot of reps. Muscles actually aren’t made in the gym; they’re broken down in the gym. Muscles are made in … Read More

CrossFit: It’s Not the Workouts That Get You Fit

Andrew Kobylarz

In order to get in shape, we need a good workout. So it’s no surprise that when you think of a good workout, high intensity interval training (HIIT) comes to mind. Studies point to HIIT as a great way to lose fat, build muscle, and develop overall fitness. It’s also immensely popular because of Reebok endorsements and the CrossFit Games. … Read More

Why Women Should Lift Weights: 5 Myths Busted

Hin Lai

As someone who is heavily involved in the fitness industry, friends and family always come to me asking for gym advice – whether it’s to lose weight or change the way parts of their body look. My suggestion to them always involves some sort of weight lifting component which always scares the females off. Speaking to my personal trainer friends, they … Read More

What is Insulin and It’s Connection to Fat Storage

Steve Theunissen

Insulin is one of those words that everybody’s heard of, but many can’t actually explain. Asked what it is and why it’s important, they shuffle their feet and uncomfortably shrug their shoulders. For those people concerned with controlling their body fat levels (and who isn’t?) that creates a problem. Insulin, you see, has a critical part to play in determining … Read More

What is EPOC and How it Accelerates Fat Burning

Patrick Dale

EPOC sounds like it should be some kind of backed-by-science sports supplement or maybe a secret government law enforcement agency but, in reality, it’s one of the keys to fast and efficient fat loss. To lose fat, you need to create a calorific deficit which basically means you have to eat less, exercise more or do a little of both. … Read More