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  • 8 Life Lessons from May-Mac

    Saturday night we were treated to one of the most anticipated sporting events in history! The fight may or may not have lived up to all the hype for you but beyond the simple exchanges of punches, I wanted to share what I really took away from this historic moment featuring two living legends. I want to thank both Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather for reminding me of some very important things about life. Normally when I watch fights I’m on the edge of my seat analyzing each fighters moves, their tactics, their strategies, anticipating what they are going to do next to out shine their opponent… But Saturday was a bit different for me. I wasn’t so immersed…

  • 2 HARD-CORE Moves for You

    Here are two of my favourite advanced core exercises that I use with my athletes who have already developed a solid foundation.

  • 21 Ways to Be a Better You

    What does it take to be a Strong Athlete? It all starts with the mind. Being a Strong Athlete is about making a mental committment to becoming the best version of you. You don’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to stress about doing everything right. You just have to strive to be a little bit better than you were yesterday. Below are 21 strategies you can use today to become an even better version of you: Drink more water, in the morning, between meals, before, during and after training. Eat your veggies, especially your greens. Besides being healthy for you, eating an abundance of greens will help you to become leaner, faster….

  • You: Powerful Beyond Measure

    I want to remind you right now that you are powerful beyond measure! Since children, we have been conditioned not to be TOO powerful… You know, do what you’re told, don’t act out in school, fall in line, don’t be too loud, get your work done on time, etc, etc. Basically, just be a sheep with your head down and you’ll “survive” life. Well I don’t want to you to just survive life like a sheep until the wolf shows up on your doorstep. I want you to step into your power, make a positive difference in someone else’s life and live the fullfilling life that you are destined to live! One of my favourite…

  • Stop Thinking So Much …

    I’ve had many powerful conversations over the years with my athletes, especially about the game of life. We talk about what it takes to get to the next level in their respective sports and how to become the best version of themselves. We talk about what it takes to win, and how to deal with adversity. Knowing how to deal with adversity is critical. In their quest to go higher, faster and further, these athletes will inevitably hit road blocks and setbacks. ACL tears, concussions, broken bones, ruptured tendons, sprains and strains. Job losses, tyrannical bosses, and mind-numbing, soul crushing day jobs. Family struggles and relationship struggles. These challenges take a physical toll and an…

VIDEOS

Air Dyne Intervals

Coach PK demonstrates intervals on the Air Dyne bike, one of the most brutal and effective machines for conditioning. We use this tool to condition all kind of athletes, from pro fighters to physique competitors to elite hockey players.

Single-Leg Press

Coach G demonstrates the proper technique for performing the single leg press. This is a great exercise for targeting the quads and glutes. We frequently program unilateral or single limb exercises to correct strength imbalances.

Hip Flexor Stretch

Coach G demonstrates a great exercise for stretching the hip flexors and quads. Consistent practice on this stretch will alleviate tight hip flexors, prevent back pain and improve your mobility, especially with foundation movements like the squat.    

ARTICLES

8 Life Lessons from May-Mac

Saturday night we were treated to one of the most anticipated sporting events in history! The fight may or may not have lived up to all the hype for you but beyond the simple exchanges of punches, I wanted to share what I really took away from this historic moment featuring two living legends. I want to thank both Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather for reminding me of some very important things about life. Normally when I watch fights I’m on the edge of my seat analyzing each fighters moves, their tactics, their strategies, anticipating what they are going to do next to out shine their opponent… But Saturday was a bit different for me. I wasn’t so immersed…

4 Pizza Slices vs. 4 Apples …

Have you ever eaten 4 apples in a row? I will bet that you haven’t! However, I can almost guarantee that you’ve eaten 4 pizza slices in a row… I know I have (to be honest I’ve eaten a lot more than 4 pizza slices in a row and I’m not proud of it). And I have never eaten 4 apples in row. So why is this the case? Well you can argue that it’s because the pizza tastes better lol. However that’s not what we’re talking about here. Your body is so intelligent and the things that it does are remarkable in my opinion. The main reason why it is so much easier to eat…

CrossFit Open 17.2

CROSSFIT OPEN – 17.2: DONE – AGAIN, AND THEN AGAIN Week 2 of the CrossFit Open is in the books! If you haven’t been following, this last challenge was a 12-minute AMRAP of: 50-foot weighted walking lunges 16 toes-to-bars 8 dumbbell power cleans 50-foot weighted walking lunges 16 toes-to-bars 8 dumbbell power cleans 50-foot weighted walking lunges 16 bar muscle-ups 8 dumbbell power cleans 50-foot weighted walking lunges 16 bar muscle-ups 8 dumbbell power cleans Repeat… (because it wasn’t painful enough!) This was the second time bar muscle-ups have been programed in the Open, but this year it was far more spicy than last. Before I even got a chance to try the bar muscle-ups…

Leaning Into Discomfort

One down and four to go!  For the first time ever the dumbbell made an appearance in the CrossFit Open. The community was made aware of this a couple weeks ago and we were all left guessing at what HQ had planned for us.  What would it be -overhead lunges, thrusters, dumbbell cleans? Not only is this the first appearance of dumbbells, it’s also the first time in Open history that the first workout is one FOR TIME and not an AMRAP (As Many Reps As Possible). The CrossFit Open 17.1 workout was a couplet of an ascending ladder of dumbbell snatches with 15 burpee box jump and overs with a 20-minute time cap. The…

The Key to Muscle Growth

Ok it’s time to reveal our secret to muscle growth… You ready for it? Well actually it’s pretty simple, the secret to muscle growth is following a professionally designed training program that’s been developed specifically to help you build more muscle! The secret comes in the program, and the magic lies in YOU BEING CONSISTENT following the program! Tell me you have those people in your gym who have been going there for years day after day and yet they never look any different? They look exactly the same as when they started years ago! They, like so many others, are the ones who go to the gym and just “play around”. No focus, no…

6 Proven Supplements for Muscle

This month we’ve been focused on the keys to more muscle growth and today we’ve arrived at the final piece of the puzzle: supplements. While there are a ton of hyper-marketed products on store shelves these days, at Strong Athlete we like to keep things simple. Our criteria for using and/or recommending supplements is good old-fashioned science and personal experience. If a supplement has been researched and tested by smart people in lab coats and we’ve personally used it, we recommend it to our athletes. If muscle growth is your goal, the following six supplements have stood the test of time and are your best investment: Protein Powders Protein is one of the three macronutrients (along with carbohydrates…

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