THE BELT SQUAT ADVANTAGE

I believe I first heard about the Belt Squat machine from Louie Simmons strength coach and powerlifting legend. I have a ton of respect for Simmons. I have many of his books and listen to his podcast, but I never came across a belt squat machine to personally try and didn’t have my own gym […]

LEGENDS NEVER DIE

On Thursday the 27th of September I got a text from a past client and friend asking me if I heard that Charles Poliquin had passed away and whether or not it was true. I went onto Poliquins’ facebook Strength Sensei Alumni page and saw that unfortunately, it was. I have no better way of […]

STRENGTH TEST WITH VELOCITY BASED TRAINING (VBT)

One aspect of our Assessment is the strength segment. We use the Push Band Device to measure the velocity of the bar, which determines what someone’s 1 rep maximum is based on the speed that they move the load. To me, this is way better than actually having to keep increasing the weight on an […]

DO YOU NEED TO TAKE A MULTI-VITAMIN

(One of my favorite multi-vitamins and here’s the link to get it https://thor.ne/p87X) The soils depleted of nutrients due to pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, ammonium nitrates and whatever other crap that gets laid on. Because of this, we don’t know what we’re eating anymore. The vitamin and mineral content isn’t what it used to be yet we’re […]

ACHIEVING MY LEVEL 3 PICP CERTIFICATION

(Picture of above is from part of a structural balance assessment) I started training people for a living in 1999, a few months after finishing a four-year enlistment in the Marines Corps. Since this time I’ve had three main training certifications, National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and Poliquin […]

MY ARTICLE ON TRAIN WITH PUSH.COM

I’ve been using the Push Band for over a year now and it’s a game changer. There is a lot of interesting technology and gadgets coming out in the fitness industry, some are absolutely worthless, some decent, and some great, and the Push Band is damn good. They had a Q and A with me […]

THORNE’S AT HOME STRESS TEST

I have everyone that trains at USI take the General Health Questionnaire that Dr. James LaValle created and is in his book Cracking The Metabolic Code. Exercise alone will not get you as fit as you’d probably like. In order to get fit you have to get healthy.   There are 12 categories within the […]

THE BENEFITS OF SUPRA-MAXIMAL ECCENTRICS

Eccentric-based training is nothing new. It was first discussed by a German physiologist named Adolf Fick around 1882. Despite the fact that it’s been around a long time, most people focus predominantly on the concentric portion of an exercise and give slow eccentrics not enough attention. The eccentric segment of an exercise is the portion […]

HIGH RESISTANCE INTERVALS: GREAT FOR CONDITIONING AND FAT LOSS

https://vimeo.com/284925131 I first learned about High Resistance Intervals (HRI) from Joel Jamieson and his Bioforce HRV course and later Bioforce Conditioning Coach certification, which I took. To be honest, I wasn’t very versed in the conditioning side of the title “strength and conditioning coach”. I tended to be much more on the strength side as […]

POST ACTIVATION POTENTIATION: WHAT IS IT, AND DOES IT WORK

SO WHAT THE HELL IS POST ACTIVATION POTENTIATION? Basically it’s picking up something heavy, resting a specific amount of time, and then picking something up lighter and having it feel even lighter than it would have felt had you not picked something up that was heavier before picking up the lighter thing (the thing, in […]