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November 2016
Let’s be honest. A large percentage of our nation is either unhealthy or out of shape due to lifestyle habits. The typical American lifestyle is not conducive to anything even remotely healthy. Crappy nutrition habits, excessive and unrelieved stress, lack of exercise and sleep, a reactive outlook on health, etc. This is why it always makes me...
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I decided to start a monthly blog series on exercises that will not only improve your overall strength, but also your game. This month’s “exercise of the month” is a Farmer’s Carry. What is a Farmer’s Carry? The easiest way to explain this exercise is to pick up something heavy and walk with it. When...
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There are many training program systems for strength athletes and different theories are applied within these systems. With so much specialty equipment out there, people tend to get lost in what  to use and more importantly how to use it properly. In this installment in our “Specialty Equipment Series” we are going to look at...
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At Mid-South Spine and Sports Performance, we are humbled to have such an active and driven population of patients. These individuals understand the importance of investing in their own health and dedicate hours of their time pursing their fitness goals and ultimately their health and quality of life. It is great that active (and even some inactive)...
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In the wake of yet another report of insurance hikes set for 2017, more and more people will find themselves asking one question: Why are health care costs SO HIGH? Now I know “tis the season” to start getting all political. I know everyone wants to begin blaming the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) or the top...
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On being a new strength athlete and trying to lift and train like one of your role models: Pros Their training style Remote programming Cons Motivation Their style and setup may not be best for you The exercises you see them do may be too advanced   Learn how to lift Learn your leverages and...
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In the past, strength training in golf has been a highly debated topic. However, times are changing. Strength training is important in every sport, even in golf. That’s right, I said it! Proper strength training, on a regular basis, will help prepare a golfer for the physical demands put on their body, reduce risk of...
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Recently I had the opportunity to work with Zach Gallmann, founder and producer of the popular strongman series, Finding Strength, at EliteFTS. Zach had heard a lot about the new RPR method for improving performance and fixing compensations. He had a lot of interest in finding out if RPR could help him, so we got him in...
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Over the last few years, I’ve noticed a very consistent trend that I feel is plaguing our society. The trend is that everything we want or do in life is going to be accomplished via a paradox. That paradox is that we deserve to accomplish whatever you set out to do without having to hold...
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       < One of the last pictures taken of Christopher Mcandless I’ve got another great flick pick for all of you this week. It’s slightly different then my previous ones as far as the genre and story line goes, but I have an eclectic palate when it comes to movies, or at least...
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Last article we established that the hollow hold position is the most fundamental movement in creating success in kipping pull ups. This article we will add the arch or ‘Superman’ positon, which is the opposing position to the hollow hold. Hollow hold             Superman It’s important to maintain contraction throughout...
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Have you ever done this? Have you squatted and sat back onto a box before? Do you have any particular reason as to why you were doing that? Perhaps you saw it somewhere, maybe someone told you to. Well, here at NBS we have many people who box squat, and a variety of reasons for...
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I’m lucky, I have perspective. In the fitness field I’ve worn or wear many hats and that has allowed me to participate and witness many things. It has allowed me to meet and know many people. I’ve had the chance to watch people both fail and succeed, to witness people give up and persevere, and to...
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Shooting from the hip: Injuries and Set Backs *Emotion will be tied up in set backs, failures, and injuries which is natural, it is fine. -riding this wave and bailing on the issue is what is not cool -doctors try and decrease pain, or repair after acute injury Repair and Rehab is always the number...
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That’s what most of us trainers/coaches would like to hear!  Instead, we hear about the 99 problems that have been keeping you FROM your fitness!           Warning!! This is one of those tough love blogs that no one likes to read but that everyone needs to read, especially if you’re currently making...
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I’ve got a new twist to the Metal Song of The Week….Training Highlights. Listen to killer tracks while watching my fat ass move some weights  
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**TRANSPARENCY ALERT: I have done each and every one of the actions I am about to list.  I have done entire training cycles of these extra little bits of action and they have stalled my progress, frustrated my coaches, and probably made me an annoying friend.*** Now, with that said, the reason I am sharing...
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I typically say this as a positive: we draw a different breed of people at NBS.  The people that are drawn to a gym that encourages emotional lifting, liberal use of chalk, and loud music are weirdos, but they are my kind of weirdos.  That said, there are still instances that leave me completely baffled....
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  Welcome to another edition of my weekly movie picks. I’ve got a good one in store for you all today. Let me ask you a question. Are you familiar with the band Godsmack? If you are a member of NBS, I’m sure you’ve heard one of their songs play at one time or another....
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Check out the new training log style I am attempting. Hoping to answer more question’s and be able to give more tip’s WHILE training this way.   https://www.elitefts.com/training-logs/coffee-and-deadlifts-with-extra-coffee-full-day-video/
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On October 23, 2015 I was weighing in for the Dexter Jackson Classic Bodybuilding Show. That Friday night I weighed in at 217, one year later I weigh around 275. Since I wasn’t going to have the opportunity to compete this year, I decided to try to put on as much size as possible. My off...
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While scrolling through Facebook this morning and thinking about what I wanted to blog about, I couldn’t help noticing the consistency in disdane for Trump/Clinton up and down my newsfeed. It’s nothing new, its been that way for over a year. Pictures of newborn babies and my friends out having a good time have been replaced...
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I have been involved in the fitness industry all of my adult life and quite a bit of my teen years, as I started as sweeping floors at a gym when I was 15.  As I near the 15 year mark I have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly.  As I grew into...
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NBS Fitness member Will Sawyer recently competed in his first USA Weightlifting Collegiate Nationals competition. Check out what he had to say below:   This was the weekend of Sept 24-25 in New Orleans, and I actually competed on Sunday with having a week of midterm exams starting on Monday.  This was my second meet...
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