Breaking Down the Overhead Press | ManTraining.ca

By |December 29th, 2014|Fitness Tips|

In the same vein that the Back Squat has overshadowed the Front Squat, the standing Barbell Overhead Press has long been overshadowed by the Bench Press. The Bench Press has been the gold standard in athletic testing to assess upper body strength. Yet it is generally agreed upon in the strength & conditioning community that the Overhead Press is a far superior exercise. In addition to being a prime display of shoulder mobility and stability, the Overhead Press showcases great midline stability and boasts a far greater strength transfer into other lifts. Perhaps the Overhead Press is under utilized due to the technicality and mobility that it requires. Here are a few tips to help you master this great lift. Continue reading “Breaking Down the Overhead Press | ManTraining.ca” »

Strength Training Parameters For Dummys | ManTraining.ca

By |December 14th, 2014|Fitness Tips, Weights|

If you are not getting the results you want out of your workouts or having a hard time breaking through a plateau, here are a few questions to ask yourself: 1) Do you consistently time your rest intervals between each set? 2) Do you alter your repetition ranges every few weeks? 3) Do you know how many seconds each of your sets lasts? 4) Do you control the speed of each repetition? 5) Do you alter the exercises you use every few weeks? 6) Are you getting sufficient recovery between each workout? 7) How do you determine which exercises come first in a given workout? 8) How do you determine which type of program split to use? Continue reading “Strength Training Parameters For Dummys | ManTraining.ca” »

The Problem with Boot Camps and Group Training | ManTraining.ca

By |November 25th, 2014|Fitness Tips, Personal Training|

Group training is all the rage in Toronto these days whether it is a boot camp class in the park, a crossfit WOD, or a body pump class at a commercial gym. On the upside, group training provides added intensity and motivation as well as camaraderie and support. The sense of community and teamwork can also be beneficial in terms of accountability. But this article is about the ways that group fitness generally falls short when it comes to cultivating actual fitness. Here are a few things to consider before signing up. Continue reading “The Problem with Boot Camps and Group Training | ManTraining.ca” »

Breaking Down the Front Squat | ManTraining.ca

By |November 19th, 2014|Fitness Tips, Weights|

Although often overshadowed by it’s behind the neck counterpart (atleast in commercial gyms) the Front Squat is a powerful and majestic exercise that delivers tons of bang-for-your-buck as well as major transfer into your other lifts. In fact from a transfer-into-other-lifts perspective the Front Squat is to the Back Squat as the Overhead Press is to the Bench Press. Moreover, good Front Squat technique demonstrates great ankle mobility, good Quadriceps output, strong midline stabilization, as well as very healthy shoulder mobility. Perhaps it is for these reasons Front Squats Continue reading “Breaking Down the Front Squat | ManTraining.ca” »

5 Things to Look for in a Personal Trainer | ManTraining.ca

By |November 2nd, 2014|Personal Training|

The fitness industry isn’t an easy place to navigate as a prospective client. First of all EVERYONE is a personal trainer in Toronto. Okay fine not everyone, but almost everyone. If they aren’t a trainer now they have been or will be at some point… and I don’t blame them. In what other profession is it possible to take a weekend course (or not) and potentially earn over $100 per hour. The appeal of the profession as well as a complete lack of regulation has led to a saturated market with a low standard of practice. Some clients hire trainers based on the way they look, some hire based on a personal recommendation, some hire based on credentials, some hire based on Continue reading “5 Things to Look for in a Personal Trainer | ManTraining.ca” »

FITNESS Tip #13: Improve Biceps Development with Seated Exercises

By |March 28th, 2014|Fitness Tips, Weights|

Arm curls are the most basic of all exercises, and can be performed in either a standing or a sitting position. Generally, you should perform [...]

FITNESS TIP #12: Give your Deadlift Training a Boost with Contrast Training

By |March 27th, 2014|Fitness Tips, Weights|

Varying the weights between sets of deadlifts is a great way to add variety to your training and give yourself the confidence to pull heavier [...]

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