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Category: Exercises

“Restoring the core” (why this buzzword is misleading)

The other night I overheard a group of people discussing a yoga and Pilates retreat they were looking forward to attending. It was called “Restoring the Core.” Aptly named, indeed, since the foundation of Pilates one can argue is all about the core. But it got me thinking how common this buzzword (buzzphrase?), and its […]

How to get your calves to grow

If there’s one singular body part that all of us wish was better developed, it would probably be the calves. These are the muscles that are often a true reflexion of athleticism. Big arms may be nice, but strong calves suggest a person who can really move. So, how can you get your calves to […]

Is the pistol squat the rarest exercise in the world?

If there’s one exercise that has made me more friends in the gym than any other, it’s the pistol squat. Also known as the single leg squat, the pistol is the singular movement that everytime I work them in the gym, there’s a very good chance that someone will approach me and comment.¬†Usually, they are […]

How to know if you have tight quads

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 […]

Two glute builders that don’t get enough attention

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 […]

Here’s what you need to know about adult gymnastics

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 […]