Resistance Training: How young is too young? Ask the NSCA

Almost every week, some parent asks me, “At what age can my young athlete start a strength and conditioning program?”

They almost always have concerns about stunting the kid’s growth or getting him/her injured during training. Outdated and largely unfounded ideas about youth training are causing many children and adolescents to miss out on the numerous benefits of a well-designed strength and conditioning program. Read More

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Knee health: with Dr. Ed Race

Strong, stable knees are important in sports and every day life.  Check out this quick video to learn about common issues and self-assessment.  In our next videos, we’ll be covering some more exercises to strengthen the supporting muscles around the knee joint.  Since it’s winter, we’ll also talk about how some of these knee injuries relate to snow sports like skiing and snowboarding.   Read More

4 Pillars of Speed with 3 x Olympian Abderaman Brahim

Today, I got a serious lesson in speed. I got to spend the day at Savannah State University with Abderaman Brahim; a 3 time track and field Olympian in the 100 meters and long jump. Brahim first came to America from the African nation of Chad at age 16 to pursue an international Olympic scholarship. He’s been burning up the track ever since, and after his competitive career was over he became one of the top track coaches in his area. He’s USATF certified and a member of the IFTA of America.

I asked Brahim to give me his best crash course on sprinting. We covered specific dynamic warm-ups, sprint mechanics, specialty training equipment, and talked a lot about his philosophies for speed development. The drills we went over will make you faster and more effective in any sport, and I’ll be featuring some demo. videos to go over specific techniques you can use to gain that extra step later this week. In the meantime, here are coach Brahim’s four pillars of speed development: Read More

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Full Contact Twists

Full contact twists are great for learning to transfer power created by leg drive through a stiff core, and use it in your upper body.  Punch harder, throw faster, swing a bat or a golf club more powerfully.  Tie it all together here.

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The Next USA Paralympian: Dorian Willes

Here at joetoproathlete.com it’s our mission to bring you the best coaches and athletes in the world.  We want to share what makes these individuals special, and inspire you to work like they do.  Success and positivity are contagious.  So, today we’re going to visit with an athlete who is spreading his positive message faster than the plague. Read More

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Sprinter Step-ups

Sprinter step-ups are great for starting speed in any sport.  They’re also killer as a way to train for climbing hills and mountains, if you like to hunt or camp/hike.

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Train to Hunt: with Expert Guest Zach Owens

Hunting has been around for as long as life itself.  Over the centuries, though, we’ve gained simpler and simpler access to food, without stalking our own wild game.  With grocery stores and quickie marts lining our streets, some do still hunt for food; but the majority of hunters view the pastime as a sport or hobby. Read More

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Backwards Burpees for MMA: Expert Guest Brandon Shuey

We’re back again with 3 x World Champion mixed martial artist Brandon Shuey.  Brandon uses lots of burpees to condition his fighters and personal training clients at HFTC- Hardcore Fitness Training Center, in Boise Idaho.  Today, he’s going to discuss proper burpee execution and show us one of the variations he uses to build crazy cardio and functional fitness.

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Boxing Cardio: 30/30’s with Johnny Perez

Looking to add some boxing style cardio to your functional fitness routine?  Here’s a drill that’s great for general fitness, or to get you in top fight shape!

To learn how 30/30’s would fit into a complete training program, and to get your own custom programs from the industry’s top strength coaches, Become A Member today.  Online personal training at JTP will give you all the tools you need to train like a pro.  Plus, you’ll get live 1-on-1 support to help make it all happen!

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Neck Strength; Prison Yard Style

A stronger neck will make you a tougher athlete.  You’ll be able to absorb impact more easily, making you harder to knock out,  more difficult to choke out, and less prone to concussions.  Try this simple prison yard style neck strength circuit.  It’s very similar to what the military uses in boot camp to prepare their soldiers for contact in combat.

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Elite MMA Strength and Conditioning: Expert Guest Brandon Shuey

This week we’re in Boise Idaho, highlighting another elite gym.  Hardcore Fitness Training Center is a fully equipped functional fitness facility.  The team here is big on group training for functional strength and conditioning with a special focus on core strength.  They also provide personal training for any goal, and Olympic Weightlifting classes; but the roots of this Hardcore gym are firmly planted in the world of MMA.  Owner Brandon Shuey says that’s what sets his facility apart from the rest.  “Even though we’re a true sports performance gym, you won’t find a bunch of arrogant meat heads here.  We promote a traditional martial arts atmosphere of respect and humility.  So everyone is welcome.  It doesn’t matter if you want to be a professional mixed martial artist (we do have a full team of active fighters), train for a high school sport, or just drop some extra pounds before your high school reunion.  We’re here to help.”

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Weekly Inspiration

If you know me, or if you’ve ever trained with me, then you might have heard this quote before.  You’ll probably hear it again too.  GSP is one of my favorite athletes, and this is one of my favorite quotes.

You can have, do, or be whatever you want.  Seriously.  If you set your mind to a thing, you can do it.  So often, though, we “set our minds” to something for only a short time before getting distracted.

If I’m not careful, it’s really easy for me to get sidetracked with 100 projects, 20 plans for social things, the television, or tons of other things.  I try to remember that to be truly successful, all of us have to take the advice of GSP here; FOCUS on your goal until you achieve it.

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How to Read JTP Training Programs

This quick tutorial will teach you how to read the notation we use when writing training programs.  Whether you’re an online personal training client, purchase a JTP E-book, or you’re just checking out our articles; this will help you follow along without any trouble.  This stuff is also pretty common in the world of strength coaches/trainers.  If you learn to read our programs, you’ll probably have an easier time reading everyone else’s.

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Weekly Inspiration

You have to be obsessed.  You can’t think about fitness for the 1 hour per day that you’re working out, and then let life take over for the other 23 hours!

Do you have a fitness goal?  Great.  You should  be thinking about it as soon as you wake up, and setting a “to do” list for the day to keep you on track.  You should be thinking about your goal at every meal and snack time.  Your goal should be on your mind when you grocery shop.  Don’t forget about your goal when you get invited to that party on Friday night;  are you going to sacrifice good sleep, or drink too much alcohol if you go?

You can do anything you set your mind to.  The only question is, “how bad do you want it?”

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Farmer Carry with Expert Guest Nate Tuttle

The Farmer Carry is one of the great exercises used in strongman training.  It’s great for core strength, strong traps, and building your grip/forearms.  Check out how it’s done, with strongman expert Nate Tuttle.  Then let it rip.  Nate says, “…once you’ve developed a basic level of strength, you should use at least your body weight in each hand, for Farmer Carries.  Only novice lifters should start with less.  The point is to use heavy weights.”

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Weekly Inspiration

We all have days when going to the gym sounds like a chore.  We have days when it would be easier to cheat by eating fast food and sweets.  I WON’T LIE TO YOU:  working out, getting fit, and staying fit is not always easy.  Sometimes you have to make the hard choice.  When you do, it will all be worth while.  You will be rewarded with treasures that far outweigh that day off you could take, or the cookies you’re craving.  Suffer a little now, and live the rest of your life as a happy, healthy, and FIT champion of your own life and body.  Do you think Muhammad Ali ever regrets the hard work that he put in to be the champ?  Something tells me he’d do it all over again…

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Weekly Inspiration

Bruce Lee was one of the fittest and most athletic men ever.  How did he get that way?  He believed that anything was possible, and he had big dreams… but he knew that dreaming wasn’t enough.  Lee understood that by taking ACTION, you can accomplish anything you can dream of.

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Strongman Training: With Expert Guest Nate Tuttle

Have you ever seen a strongman competition, on television?  If so, you’ve probably watched in awe as monstrous men performed amazing feats of strength.  They pull trucks, lift huge logs, toss kegs, and generally carry or throw anything they can get their hands on.

It looks like fun, huh?  Did you know that anyone can train like that?  In fact, strongman training (or modified strongman training) makes a great addition to almost any training program.  It has caught on, especially with athletes, because handling the oddly shaped implements used in strongman training has been shown to have a greater carry-over to functional strength than training with barbells/dumbbells alone.

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Bridging Stretch

Anyone with a desk job knows that lots of daily sitting can cause back pain.  Hunching over a desk and computer all day leaves many with tight abs and shortened hip flexors.  Prevent back pain now by training for good posture! Bridging is a great way to stretch out the tight muscles on the front of your body, including your abs and hip flexors.  It takes some strength, but think of the shoulder workout as an added bonus.

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Weekly Inspiration

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”

-Willie Nelson

It’s true.  These words of wisdom can apply to any part of life, but let’s talk fitness: Once you set your mind to your goals, and focus on them proactively, results won’t be far behind.  Stop blaming your genetics and saying, “I can’t lose weight.”  Replace those negative limitations that you’re placing on yourself with anticipation for the exciting change that’s about to happen!  Imagine how great it’s going to feel to reach your fitness goals!  Then start reaching them one small step at a time.

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Is Jogging Bad?

It seems to me that jogging is nothing more than running slowly.  How is it that such a simple thing has become the topic of so much debate in the worlds of fitness and sports?  Some coaches and trainers would have you believe that running a mile or more is sacrilegious.  They’d tell you that running will make you fat and slow.  Others swear by long runs as the only way to get in “cardio” shape.  So who’s right?

First, let’s talk anti-jogging.  It’s true that jogging isn’t a very effective method for fat loss.  Actually, running long distances trains your body to store calories as efficiently as possible!  Over the long haul, daily runs can also condition your body to burn muscle more readily than fat for energy during exercise.  Distance running can contribute to loads of over-use injuries in the lower body, cause oxidative stress, hinder the development of proper spring mechanics, and more.

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HIIT training: Are you doing it wrong?

HIIT, or High Intensity Interval Training, is a huge buzz –word in the fitness world, but not everyone uses it correctly to reach their goals.  HIIT can help you lose fat, improve conditioning, or even help you get strong on a tight training schedule.  The thing is, you’d use HIIT a little differently to achieve each goal.  That’s especially true for athletes or the experienced trainee.  Just throwing exercises randomly into a training session, without purposefully designing rep schemes and rest periods might work for a novice exerciser, but you’ll soon stop making progress. Let’s take a look at how to effectively design a program for each goal mentioned above.  For our purposes, “Work” will refer to the amount of time (or number of reps) spent performing the exercise of your choice, during each set.  “Rest” will mean the amount of time spent at rest, between bouts of work.

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Elite Gym Experiences: Beyond Fit with Ia Falo

With JoeToProAthlete.com, I’m on a mission to find the world’s best gyms and strength coaches.  I’ve already trained with some of the best, and visited some amazing facilities.  I’ve trained with international weightlifting coaches, visited with Olympic athletes, and trained in Tim Tebow’s gym.  Today, I want to introduce a newer gym, ready to take its place among the elite.  I guarantee this place will reach the level of the others I mentioned.

Beyond Fit is a small training facility owned by Ia and Nichole Falo; two former collegiate athletes whose success in athletics is translating into big time results in functional fitness.

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Snatch Demo.

The snatch is a great exercise for developing SPEED.  You’ll also be working on power in your legs and core, body control, coordination, and more.

The explanation of the snatch given here is over-simplified.  You’ll need to learn this complex movement from a certified and experienced weightlifting coach before you try it on your own.  It could take weeks, or longer, to go through a progression of simpler exercises building up to executing a real snatch.

USAW Level 2

Continuing education is part of the JTP mission to be the best, and to bring you the best service.  Over the weekend, I was lucky enough to earn a new credential from USA Weightlifting; Joe Pascale, USAW Level 2- Advanced Sports Performance Coach.

Watch for some upcoming weightlifting features.  Clean, jerk, snatch!  I’ve got the bug right now…

Unstoppable: From Underdog to Undefeated by Anthony Robles

Is this a book about strength and conditioning or functional fitness?  No.  Can you learn anything about training from this book?  No.  So what’s it doing on my blog?  After reading this book, you’ll be inspired to accomplish any goal you’ve set.  You’ll understand the human ability to overcome obstacles.  That’s what I want for all of my clients and readers: for you to know that you can do anything, and that nothing can stop you.  Boom.

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World Class Athlete: Bryce Saddoris

Wow.  Today, in North Carolina, I got to talk training with one of the baddest dudes on the planet.  Bryce Saddoris is a First Lieutenant in the USMC.  He’s also #3 on the USA Olympic Ladder for Greco Roman Wrestling.  Bryce was a two time D1 All-American wrestler at the US Naval academy as well, and holds the record for most wins in the history of the program.  Just this year he’s qualified for the CISM World Military Championships by placing 1st in the US Military Freestyle Wrestling Championships.  He has also qualified for the Greco Roman World Trials by placing 3rd in the US Open Greco-Roman National Championships.  Saddoris is a serious contender to make the US Olympic team for 2016.  He is definitely someone worth learning from when it comes to training.

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Best Gyms in the US: D1 Sports Training

While on my mission to find the best gyms, strength coaches, and athletes to feature on JoeToPro, I visited Savannah, Georgia.  There, I got  to spend a couple of weeks training at a facility called D1 (http://www.d1sportstraining.com/).  Sporting several locations in the South East, D1 is a true sports performance gym.   The Savannah location is co-owned by Tim Tebow and Herschel Walker.  They have trained tons of professional athletes in the NFL, NBA, MLB, and pro fight game.  Some of my favorites include Chipper Jones, Peyton Manning, Vernon Davis, and Jermain Taylor.  These guys know how to train.  Seriously.

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