Still Stuck On 3 Sets Of 10?

September 10, 2013 by danny · Leave a Comment 

I wanted to share a quick article/video with you all.  I still use 3 sets of 10 reps… occasionally.  If you’re like many people, that’s about the only set/rep scheme that you use.  Time for a change!  For more info on the topic, check out this video that I made for FitStudio …

Are You Still Doing 3 Sets Of 10 Reps?

Bench Press PR and My Thoughts On The Bench Press…

June 11, 2013 by danny · Leave a Comment 

Liz, who plays basketball at Lehigh, set a bench press PR (Personal Record) of 105 pounds with her team when she tested before school ended back in May.  Well, it was time to retest last week.  And here’s how it went down…

New PR!  Nice job, Liz!  Her goals this summer include getting stronger/quicker/more explosive, as well as improving her ball handling and her ability to create space off the dribble.  Her hard work at both our strength training sessions and our skill work on the basketball court (as well as all the time she gets to the gym on her own working on her game) has her heading in the right direction!

My Thoughts On The Bench Press

I did a video on my thoughts on the bench press as it pertains to most dudes.

Squat rack? What's a squat rack?

Check it out HERE.  Now, get to squatting, deadlifting, and hip thrusting!

Alrighty then, until next time…

FitStudio Gear

November 10, 2011 by danny · Leave a Comment 

My peeps from FitStudio just put together a new equipment page… also known as the “Gear Page.”

There are a bunch of goodies to choose from!  But I’ll briefly go over 3 on top of my list.   These items are especially beneficial to me due to the fact that I am currently training people out of my home gym.  This means I need equipment that allows them to perform many different exercises, without taking up a lot of space.  So, if you are setting up your own home gym, hopefully this blogpost will help give you some ideas.

#1) Weighted Vest – Use the vest for a variety of exercises such as 1-leg squats, chin/pull-ups, jump squats, bulgarian split squats, push-ups, and more.

#2) Power Switch Weight Set – In a smaller area, this is a great way to save space while still being to use an entire dumbbell set!

#3) Medicine Balls – We use them for different throws to improve power, as well as part of a “cardio circuit.”

Here’s a video with medicine balls throws included… Get It Twisted.

And here’s Carson and I using the medicine ball as part of a cardio circuit (“medicine ball slams”) …

Again, check out the FitStudio “Gear” page to find great products at reasonable prices, that best fit your needs.

What equipment is high your wish list?

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Changing Exercises Isn’t Enough

September 19, 2011 by danny · Leave a Comment 

Here’s a look back at an article that I wrote sometime ago.  In case you missed it when it was originally published, give it a look.  I think it’s a great reminder for many people that are still stuck in the 3 sets of 10 reps at every training session, rut.

Changes Exercises Isn’t Enough

Too many people in the gym get caught in a rut.  A typical trainee has been doing 3 sets of 10 reps with the same exercise for the last 5 years.  This is a sure fire way to get burned out.  Number one, performing the same exercise over and over and over again becomes really boring, really fast.  And number two… KEEP READING

FitStudio + Heavy Female Lifting

February 23, 2011 by danny · Leave a Comment 

In case you didn’t know already, I’ve been doing some writing for FitStudio. I am one of the contributors at and you can find my blogposts right here. So far, here is what they have up;

-Changing Exercises Isn’t Enough - Most people do the same exercises each time they hit the gym.  Changing exercises is a good start, but not enough for optimal results.

-Even if fat loss is your MAIN goal, does strength matter?  Guess what my answer is… Strength Matters - Part I.

-Obviously strength is very important for sports like football, but what about for endurance sports.  Check out my take… Strength Matters - Part II.

Check back in with FITSTUDIO as they will be adding more of my stuff each week!

Just thought I throw this in real quick.  My client, Coco, tossed around some heavy weight the other day.  This is her doing rack pulls for 205 X 6.  She ended up hitting 215 pounds later on in the workout, and made it look pretty easy. 

And what do you know?  She is lifting some heavy weight and nowhere near BIG and bulky “like a man.”  Each week her arms, shoulders, and back are looking more and more “toned.”

What do you say Coco, 225 pounds next week?  Sounds about right to me.

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