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leg ext2

In case you found yourself on the edge of your seat since reading the cliff hanger at the end of part I, I’m going to get right to the point. (more…)

leg ext2

In this week’s installment I’ve decided to discuss an exercise that gets a lot of negative attention: the seated leg extension machine. Seated leg extensions have been a mainstay in many bodybuilders leg training tool chests, and for good reason—they do a good job emphasizing the quadriceps. That being said, the knee stresses created by seated leg extensions have resulted in many physical therapists and strength coaches advising against this exercise. So what does the evidence have to say and does the leg extension machine belong in the dumpster or in your leg training routine?  (more…)

Frank Zane

As you might recall from the Ten Commandments of Training, consistency is one of the most crucial elements of fitness (yes, it’s in stone). So this week I’ve decided to take a closer look at what it means to be consistent and also discuss a simple hack that can prevent you from sabotaging your results. (more…)


Few things can stall your progress in the gym like ineffective training practices. In reality, deciding what to do in the gym and how to do it shouldn’t be that complicated, but it doesn’t help when most everyone you talk to and read have a different take on what’s best.  In fact, many of these opinions are anything but helpful, and yet they somehow continue to get passed around like business cards at a networking convention. (more…)


While I’m not a huge fan of New Year’s resolutions, I am a fan of self-reflection and a plan for self-improvement. So for those of you who are planning on making a New Year’s fitness goal(s) here are 5 tips to help them become habits that may finally prevent you from getting caught in the endless cycle of failed New Year resolutions.  (more…)

Training for the Long Run: Too Legit to Quit!

Posted: December 13, 2014 by TRU in Random, Rehab
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Hammer Time

It isn’t easy to hang up the gloves when you still have a fighting chance. This week I’ve decided to discuss a common practice and necessary evil in the orthopedic world: when a doctor/physical therapist tells you to quit doing an activity or sport you love. If you’re someone who thrives off being physically fit what do you do when you find yourself on the receiving end of such a conversation? (more…)

Top Ten Badasses of All Time

Posted: December 8, 2014 by TRU in Motivation, Random
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This week I’ve decided to take a break from health and fitness research and simply pay homage to some of the best in the business. Why? Directly or Indirectly, these individuals have inspired many a couch potato to get off their arses and head straight for self-improvement, whether that be in a gym, a dojo, or a jar of pomade. And while research can be terrific, sometimes we just need a little good old fashion inspiration. (more…)

Buff Turkey

Thanksgiving is often at odds with people’s fitness goals, with many accepting the fact that their fitness is probably doomed until New Year’s (sound familiar?) But if you have what it takes to prepare a Thanksgiving feast than you may also have what it takes to stay ahead of the fitness curve. So read on to learn 5 ways a Thanksgiving Feast is not all that different from your workout. (more…)

Top Ten Gym Fails: Round I

Posted: November 13, 2014 by TRU in Random

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This week I’ve decided to give the keyboard a rest and just share a few pictures of some gym-goers that are a lot more creative than I am. I’d like to say that what you’re about to see below is rare and hardly happens, but for most anyone who frequents a gym these images are probably all too familiar. (more…)

Spotlight: Steve Reeves

Posted: October 31, 2014 by TRU in Motivation, Physique, Random

In this series I’ve decided to feature individuals who have inspired and shaped the fitness world as we understand it today. And my first selection is as well-deserving as any. This person has helped define if not defined what we have come to know as the aesthetic physique, and very much remains in a league of his own. Yes, I’m talking about the one and only, Stephen L. Reeves.