Entries by Jordan Joy, MS, CSCS, CISSN

USING VARIABLE RESISTANCE TO BUST THROUGH PLATEAUS

Variable resistance training, or VRT, has been a fixture in powerlifting for decades. In this context, VRT specifically refers to resistance training with elastic bands or chains attached to a barbell, mostly in the squat, bench press, and deadlift exercises. These are not thera-bands or machines with lumpy cams; we’re talking about real-deal exercises with […]

LOW CARB PERFORMANCE

What if I were to tell you that you’ve been lied to about carbs and fats for probably your entire life? Would you call me a liar? Would you say show me the data? Would I be a zealot of some form? Or would you be open to a paradigmatic shift in your thoughts about […]

CONCURRENT TRAINING 101

Concurrent training is inclusion of both resistance and endurance training within the same training program. For example, if you lift weights on Monday and run a few miles on Tuesday, then repeat this pattern throughout the week or in the same day, you are training concurrently. This can be advantageous for reducing body fat compared […]

SUPPLEMENT SERIES: CREATINE MONOHYDRATE

Creatine Monohydrate is a naturally occurring organic acid. It is the original and likely the most effective form of supplemental creatine on a gram-for-gram basis compared to creatine malate, creatine hydrochloride, creatine ethyl-ester and others. Those other forms are sexy though, huh? Ethel and Esther were the best looking ladies at the senior strip tease […]

WHY NOT FAT?

What do we think of when we think of “bad” food? No, not the tastes bad Fear Factor type foods, but the naughty foods we’re discouraged from eating. Desserts, potato chips, hot dogs, deep fried mayonnaise balls, and the list goes on. Generally speaking, we classify fats as “bad,” and we classify sugars as “bad.” I can get […]

SUPPLEMENT SERIES: FACTS & FICTION

Those of us in the athletic community are always looking for that one supplement that will really set us apart from our competition. However, the muscle, strength, and metabolism increases promised from many of these supplements is often unverified by scientific trials or even personal accounts. But still the claims are on the label “increase […]