if you have tight quads

How to know if you have tight quads

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It has only been in the last three years or so that I started to pay any attention to the tonicity of my quadriceps. To be honest, for a long time, I never thought that they could get tight. Hamstrings, sure. Calves, absolutely. But quads? Really? Today, I fortunately know better. Just as I keep a close eye on my calves and hamstrings, I now pay attention to my quads. And since I’ve done so, […]

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Two glute builders that don’t get enough attention

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Deadlift Monday, I like to say. It’s my little way of avoiding International Bench Press Monday which is known and celebrated the world over. And when I headed into the gym yesterday I realized – as I do almost every Monday – that hardly anyone deadlifts. Which got me thinking. Why are so many people headed to the gym to build a better butt, yet so few are even doing the exercises required to get […]

Do you really need protein powder?

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I’ve been a gym rat for around 15 years now. That’s how long I’ve been lifting weights and learning about movement. Over this time, I’ve also consumed my fair share of supplements in my attempt to be “bigger.” I’ve dabbled with all the usual suspects: mass gainer, creatine, and protein powder. Let’s talk about the latter. Specifically, let’s try to answer the question: Do you really need protein powder? In my experience, new lifters are […]

find your fitness tribe

Find your fitness tribe

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We live in exciting times. Why? Because there is a flavor for everyone these days. Twenty years ago, there were only a few dozen brands of coffee. Today there are thousands. There’s a specialty for just about everything. Fitness is no different. And yet a lot of people have a difficult time getting into fitness. This may not be you, but it’s probably someone you know. Or maybe it is you in a way. Perhaps […]

denver adult gymnastics

Here’s what you need to know about adult gymnastics

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I’ve trained in two adult gymnastics gyms in the Boulder and Denver area over the past several years. Fortunately, both are very successful gyms so there’s obviously a market for this type of training. And if you read Motus with any regularity you’ll know that I am an advocate for all things calisthenics and body weight. The simple act of manipulating one’s body weight can be both humbling and a hugely effective strategy to stay […]

make your workout more effective

Make your workout more effective with these 4 tips

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I’ve always had an eye for efficiency. Perhaps it is my engineering background, but I am always on the lookout for a better way of doing things. This week I want to talk about ways that you can make your workout more effective. These are the “macro” strategies that will help you to become a better lifter and help you to build a sustainable fitness habit. Track your progress Whether your goal is to lose […]