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Free Weights vs. Machines – Ken Mannie

By Ken Mannie Strength/Conditioning Coach – Michigan State University One of the frequently asked questions we receive is, “Do you guys use free weights (i.e., barbells and dumbbells) or machines in your program design?” Our answer is simple – we use both. We believe in a comprehensive strength training system that, while structured, allows for […]

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Give Your Kids a Break

Spring break is right around the corner for all the high schools around our area. For me, it always serves as a good reminder to try and incorporate some more “fun” things, or at least activities that the kids perceive as fun, into the training program. I am the type of guy that takes training […]

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Isolation

A new gym just opened up near my house, and being curious as I am, I had to pop in and see how it was set up and what they had to offer. I always like check out other centers, see if there is anything unique to offer, see what kind of equipment and space […]

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Getting Fit and Healthy: A Beginners Guide

The anxiety rises. You have come to fear your morning ritual. Stepping onto the clear glass scale on your bathroom floor. “Something must be wrong with this thing” you say outloud, as the digital numbers jump past last week’s number, finally settling in at a nice round 250. “how did I let this happen?” The […]

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Re-Tooling the Side Plank

To me, core work should be about ANTI- movement patterns. We want to be in positions where we can brace up and resist the forces of gravity/bands/weights. Exercises like planks (anti-extension) or side planks (anti-lateral flexion) are great ways to teach bracing and to develop the muscular corset we want around the abdomen. These exercises […]

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