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The Continuing Ed Breakthrough that is The Human Matrix

A getaway to Austin that is changing lives in Kansas City. I’d always wanted to go to Austin, TX. It’s warmer there in March, it’s supposed to be weird and my good friend moved his family there four years ago. It was time for me to visit. So I booked my first Airbnb (don’t judge) and hopped on a flight. …

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The magic of moving right will make you stronger

Training movement will train muscles Movement-based fitness is not an approach I’ve always taken. In fact, I had to tear my Achilles tendon before I gained the humility to understand the impact that movement has on strength training, and, how it could benefit my clients and myself. When I used to hear the words movement and fitness put together, I’d think of …

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Structuring health into your fitness

Structural Health vs. Cardiovascular Health We’d all agree that getting in shape is a good thing. I mean what kind of an idiot would tell you otherwise? Well, possibly, the one who is typing these words. That’s right, I’m telling you that if your body doesn’t meet certain structural health criteria you are possibly doing more harm than good by …

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Relationships, above all else, guide you.

From Strength Coach to Personal Trainer Personal training wasn’t really what I set out to do. I spent 2001 with the Colorado Rockies. This was the year Barry Bonds would smash the MLB home run record by hitting 73 home runs – three past Mark McGwire’s record of 70 set from just three years previous. To a 24-year-old minor league …

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Functional Fitness Programmed Right

Understanding functional fitness For the personal trainer, teaching functional fitness means training with a clear purpose. A purpose that reaches beyond the typical mantra of burning calories and building up beauty muscles. Traditional fitness methods that focus on how many and how much may have a positive impact on vanity, but usually lack function. Prescribing exercise that supports the natural …

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Part 3 – Is CrossFit for athletes? “So Tim…what do you think of CrossFit?”

Competitive athletes should NOT do CrossFit. Nearly 20 years ago the concept that would become CrossFit was an idea I believe many strength and conditioning professionals were considering. The now Head of Basketball Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of North Carolina, Jonas Sahratian and I discussed it while at The University of Kansas. Opening a gym that solely …

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Part 2: Is CrossFit Really Dangerous? “So Tim…what do you think of CrossFit?”

Written by Tim Crough, Fitness Entrepreneur | Performance Coach |Wellness Evangelist | Husband/Daddy | Striving for Humility | Ski Bum Wannabe I left off on Part 1 of this blog series (So Tim…What Do You Think of CrossFit?) praising CrossFit coaches who are educating themselves in strength training beyond what’s necessary for certification and finding methods to help athletes train …

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Part 1: “So Tim…What Do You Think of CrossFit?”

Written by Tim Crough, Fitness Entrepreneur | Performance Coach |Wellness Evangelist | Husband/Daddy | Striving for Humility | Ski Bum Wannabe There’s a clear reason that 73.5% of CrossFit athletes are getting injured… and surprisingly it’s not because of poor technique! In a recent study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 97 of 132 people surveyed (73.5%) …

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Hip Hinge: What Is It and Why Should You Care?

Exercise is more than just building muscle and losing weight. It also should be functional for life, so that your health isn’t holding you back from doing the things you love to do as you get older. That’s why mastering all of the various fundamental movement patterns is extremely important. In this post, I’m going to focus on a critical …

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It’s time to stop playing with pain.

Preventative health through fitness is a hot topic. The Harvard Medical school says that exercising regularly, every day if possible, is the single most important thing you can do for your health. It does nice things like control appetite, boost mood, and improve sleep. And it can save your life by reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia, depression, …