Author Archives: Adam McCluskey

benefits of training serratus anterior

The Huge Benefits of Training Serratus Anterior

Why The Serratus Is SO Important: The benefits of training serratus anterior are almost endless. It is one of the most important muscles of the shoulder complex. It’s essential for a strong bench press, and basically every overhead exercise known to man. Still, in the fitness world, it gets treated like Kevin in Home Alone.…

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How to Be Successful as a New Personal Trainer

Starting out as a trainer can be really tough. The long hours, cancelled sessions, and sales quotas can take you by surprise. Becoming successful as a new personal trainer is hard work, but not impossible. I got into this field because I love being active, and want I to help as many people as possible…

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Should Personal Trainers Use Machines?

 Are the days of personal trainers using machines on their way out? It has become much more common for large chain gyms to have a dedicated “personal training zone”. This is usually an open space with some kettlebells, suspension trainers, and Bosu balls. This is great for trainers in many ways. It typically puts you and your clients…

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behind the neck exercises safe

Are Behind The Neck Exercises Safe?

Which Behind the Neck Exercises Specifically? The two primary behind the neck exercises I am discussing here are the barbell press and the pulldown. I typically see more of the old-school crowd doing these, but it’s appeal crosses all age barriers. Whether you are a fan of these movements or not, I think you will…

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Advanced Core Exercise

Try This Advanced Core Exercise

Give this advanced core exercise a try! As you may know, I am an advocate of core stabilizing exercises over hip flexor dominant moves. In my experience, our clients benefit MUCH more from exercises that create strength and stability around the spine. There is also science that proves my point, which you can read about here.…

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Foam Rolling IT Band

Stop Foam Rolling the IT Band

Foam Rolling The IT Band: This is probably the most popular use of the foam roller. The goal is to “loosen up” that stiff connective tissue on the outside of the thigh. Especially if you are a runner, foam rolling the IT band is likely in your mobility routine. I used to have many of…

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