Category Archives: Exercises

Hand and forearm strength saves the day

It’s all about being strong and capable. I mean, really. No one wants to be weak and incapable, right? Of course not. So that brings me to the impromptu wrestling match with my 18 year old, athletic, nephew. Each year it’s like a test of strength. This year, shit, he was stronger again! I knew it’d be different… Read More »

The cult of the kettlebell

I’d say I owe a lot to the writings of Pavel Tsatsouline. I got in early—2003. Took the RKC, once as a student, another time as an assistant instructor for Steve Maxwell’s group. It was pretty great, although there were definitely some cult-like aspects to it. The kettlebell is the shit, we’re learning so much, so many stupid… Read More »

The week – training, stress, busyness

Over last weekend the servers on which the application that our team has spent the last 2 years developing crashed. Major IT infrastructure failure. 7 days laters things still aren’t right. If’s fucked with my head, no doubt. It’s a big deal and we have people relying on our application – somewhat critical. It does make me think,… Read More »

The benefits of the goblet squat

Strength in your legs is a big deal. Your legs take you everywhere you want to go and a set of good legs will leet you bound up stairs, run, and feel great everywhere you go. Developing your legs helps with your overall body development and it makes it easier to get around. The full squat is one… Read More »

Training changes, the nervous system, and free time

The kids are watching Mister Rogers and I’m heating up a pan for some eggs as I write this post. I was just thinking about the dichotomy between exercise and training. Alan Calvert writes about it. I was doing some presses and just really dialed into the movement. Then, I needed to turn on some tension to complete… Read More »

Single Leg Balance – a quick reminder

It’s really important to do something to improve your balance and your hard-pressed to beat single leg balance. One, it’s not difficult. All you have to do is just stand there. 30 seconds to one minute per foot, 3-5 times per week. Or everyday just to keep it simple. And while you do this, you’re strengthening your feet,… Read More »

Kung fu stances for strong, springy legs

Your legs will feel amazing with these exercises. Every step you take will feel better. You’ll bound up stairs. Your feet, ankles, and knees will get stronger. Your legs will become more flexible. You’ll feel a connection to the ground you’ve never felt in your life and your balance will be incredible. Sound good? It is. And it’s… Read More »

Steve Cotter’s Tech Neck Solution

Keeping my shoulders open is still a challenge. In 2004 I tore my left pec, and that has altered my left side. Working at a desk since 2003 has rolled both shoulders forward. Looking down at a screen hasn’t helped, either. It’s a common condition—head forward, shoulders rounded forward. One of the teachers who I used to follow… Read More »