Are Deadlifts Bad for Your Back?

One of the most intimidating exercises for novice gym goers has to be deadlift – picking up weight from the ground to describe it simply. Many of our new clients and athletes often approach this exercise with trepidation because they think that deadlift will cause back pain and injury. But, is the deadlift actually bad […]

7 Things to Know About Your 1st Powerlifting Meet

Are you thinking about trying your hand at powerlifting? You’ve been seeing your strength and performance improve at the gym, and maybe you’ve been following a progressive training strategy that has you set up to peak. Why not test your one rep maxes in a competitive setting with a stage (a.k.a. platform) and people cheering […]

WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME TO ADD WEIGHT TO AN EXERCISE?

As a coach, this is a question I get all the time during strength sessions. So, what are some indicators that it might be time to add weight to your squat or deadlift (or progress really any exercise)? First, if you’re asking this question after your set of an exercise, it’s a good sign that […]

GOAL SETTING FOR SUCCESS

When you say the year 2020 out loud does it sound weird? How about writing it? After the holidays, I am always looking forward to the New Year with great anticipation!   Why? Because I have my 2020 goals under control. 2020 is going to be lots of change for me personally, due to my youngest […]

THANKSGIVING CHARITY WORKOUT HISTORY

This post is about our amazing community at Progressive Performance, and what I think is important in building a community. I always wanted to build a community that gives back and brings something positive to those who are less fortunate, or facing tough times.  Charity is so important, this is why it is a big […]

SQUATS: EVERY ONE IS NOT ALIKE

Have you ever wondered why when everyone in the gym is squatting, each squat set up and execution looks slightly different? Why does the person under the bar next to you have such a wide stance and their toes turned out? Or, perhaps you wondered why you can’t quite seem to sink your posterior down […]

FOOD OPTIONS FOR SURVIVING THE HOLIDAYS

Sticking to your diet during the holidays is hard. We all want to celebrate with loved ones and it may be the only chance you get all year to have some of Aunt Rickie’s famous Holiday Mashed Potatoes. And sometimes it’s hard to say ‘just no’ when everyone around you is shoveling food in like […]

SHOULD STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING BE SPORT SPECIFIC?

The short answer is yes and no. The younger, less experienced the athlete is, the less specific the training has to be. There are some very general skills that need to be learned before any specific work can take place. Given developmental stages and physiological maturity levels, it would be inappropriate to for a program […]

STRENGTH COACH VS SKILLS COACH: TWO PIECES IN THE PERFORMANCE PUZZLE.

Strength is a skill. That skill needs to be taught by a qualified professional, just like sports skills need to be taught by someone who understands the mechanics of the game. It wouldn’t make much sense to take your soccer player to a technique coach that doesn’t understand how to teach soccer skills or does […]

3 Exercises to Improve Post-Pregnancy Urinary Incontinence

After a pregnancy, many women want to jump right back to getting into shape.  Oftentimes they feel like they can pick up where they left off prior to pregnancy but many physiological changes occur with pregnancy as well as post-pregnancy.  One of the most common complaints women have after pregnancy when they begin to work […]