What can jumping teach us about muscle growth? Part 2

In Part 1 we discussed misconceptions that present a barrier to the understanding of muscle growth of even the most well-read strength coaches and personal trainers, which is how the degree of motor unit recruitment affects subsequent hypertrophy. Fortunately, we can fix this problem by comparing the effects of high-velocity strength training programs, such as those that involve jumping or …

Christopher Beardsley Strength and Conditioning Research

Christopher Beardsley

Director of Strength and Conditioning Research

What can jumping teach us about muscle growth? Part 1

The mainstream fitness industry is plagued by myths and superstitions about how muscle growth happens, and about how we should structure workouts to maximize gains. In contrast, the serious bodybuilding and professional strength and conditioning communities are far better educated, and very well grounded in the science of hypertrophy. Even so, there is still one misconception that creates a barrier for even …

Christopher Beardsley Strength and Conditioning Research

Christopher Beardsley

Director of Strength and Conditioning Research

Plank Challenge: Good idea for patients?

Dr. Stuart McGill, former spine researcher at the University of Waterloo for 30 years, says there is “no utility to this kind of activity other than claiming a record.” Instead, patients should focus on holding the position for shorter intervals and do more reps. Dr. McGill believes that for a healthy spine, you should be practicing the “Big 3” daily …

Dr John Pecora Chiropractor

Dr. John Pecora

Doctor of Chiropractic, MeyerDC Vice President, Managing Editor, Communities and Education

3 Exercises for Lower Extremity Balance, Stability and Control

Whether you’re training high level athletes, rehabbing a knee, ankle or hip injury, or working with an elderly client who’s trying to maintain balance during daily activities, balance trainers are essential tools to have in any clinic or gym. Standing on an unstable surface that challenges multi-directional instability has been proven to increase proprioceptive awareness of the muscles surrounding joints, …

Dr John Pecora Chiropractor

Dr. John Pecora

Doctor of Chiropractic, MeyerDC Vice President, Managing Editor, Communities and Education

Bulletproof Knee: A complete guide to Patella Tendonitis in running athletes and 3 Exercises for Back Pain-Free Travel

Sticking to an exercise routine while being on the road can be challenging. However, conditions such as low back pain require a regular exercise regimen. Prolonged periods of sitting in a car, train, or plane can also further aggravate existing low back issues. Here are some exercise suggestions for a quick, but effective workout that can be done almost anywhere …

Dr. Tony Mikla

DPT, MSPT, CSCS, XPS

Comparison of vibration rolling, nonvibration rolling, and static stretching

Comparison of vibration rolling, nonvibration rolling, and static stretching as a warm-up exercise on flexibility, joint proprioception, muscle strength, and balance in young adults Chia-Lun Lee, I-Hua Chu, Bo-Jhang Lyu, Wen-Dien Chang & Nai-Jen Chang Journal of Sports Sciences, 2018 ABSTRACT Warm-up is an essential component for optimizing performance before an exercise session. This study investigated that the immediate effects …

Dr. Mike Flores

DC, CCSP, BS