Strength & Conditioning

Breathing, Bracing and Building Tension

By Gus Cooke / October 2, 2018 /

The quality of our movement during the bench is dictated by we are able to maintain tension. Barebones, without any muscles, are nothing but a stack of bones. Without the continuous collaboration of the 29 pairs of muscles that make up our trunk and the fascia that holds them together the weight of our upper…

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Podcast: Females on Steroids with Victoria Felkar

By Gus Cooke / August 23, 2018 /

In todays episode of the Muscle Nerd Podcast we have a special guest, Victoria Felkar. She is world leading researcher in womens’s health and female hormone manipulation within sport and medicine. She is a practitioner, consultant, author and educator. She has spoken all over the world including the great SWIS symposium in Canada. She has…

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3 Major Keys to Building Strength and Size

By Gus Cooke / December 11, 2017 /

On the surface, stimulating muscle growth is easy: just drink coffee, eat meat and lift heavy! Weight training will work as long as you’re progressively increasing the demand placed on the muscle over time (either by adding more weight, doing more reps at a given weight, doing more sets, etc.). But it’s still interesting to understand the…

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The Role of Lats in Bench Press Shoulder Rehab

By Andrew Lock / August 15, 2017 /

I am well known for my spinal rehab work and teaching, but in fact I began my professional career as a part of one of the world’s leading Shoulder Specialist groups. I played baseball as my major sport even representing Australia in the World Youth Series (we took Bronze). When I left High School I…

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The Importance Of Having a Coach

By Pip Brown / July 11, 2017 /

The importance of having an expert coach! Over the weekend at QLD State Championships, it was brought to my attention that this is something I have taken for granted. I competed on Saturday at Valhalla, did an easy 8kg cut to make weight, got a couple of PB’s, qualified for Nationals and came out with 1st place…

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The man who chases two rabbits doesn’t eat

By Gus Cooke / March 14, 2017 /

“The man who chases two rabbits doesn’t eat”. I heard this quote a long time ago in a podcast from Dr. Lonnie Lowry, and it has stuck with me since. To me, this quote brilliantly sums up the importance of proper goal setting.

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Optimal Vs. Functional

By Gus Cooke / March 9, 2017 /

In our industry, we see a lot of people going about things the wrong way. A common problem we see comes down to the issue of whether to use the optimal technique or the most functional method. Let me explain what I mean by this. Optimal describes a method or technique that is, in theory,…

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Strength training and why I believe its relative to your goal

By Leoni Smith / January 10, 2017 /

Last week was a fun week for me with training. I had finished my program and was waiting for my coach to prescribe my new program, so I took the opportunity to play with movements I rarely get to do in my usual program.

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Functional Movement

By Annie Short / May 18, 2016 /

Moving functionally has arguably become the biggest fitness craze of the last decade. Everyone has a different perception of the term ‘functional movement’, some ranging far from Oxford Dictionary’s original definition of ‘functional’. As with anything like this, I believe the best approach is one coming from experience, with applied scientific knowledge and logical reasoning. Naturally, this…

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Physics lesson for 'Time Under Tension'

By Gus Cooke / May 5, 2015 /

In the late 1980’s, scientists discovered vital information that showed the stimulation of muscle growth and strength to be a function of ‘time under tension’ (TUT). However, the words from these studies had been taken too blindly by the fitness industry and this has caused huge confusion on how this data should be applied.

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