Recently by Brandon Harrison

I see it every day in the gym. The flat bench press and curl stations have lines forming — sometimes out the door. Set after set of barbell bench, 21s curls. Some get so involved in those two types of movements that their shoulders are pulled forward permanently, creating a hunchback that would make Quasimodo look like he's standing up ... [Read]

Fit to Be Linked 11/18/13

Posted by Brandon Harrison
November 18, 2013 11:27 AM |
The V-Sit is a gymnastic movement that is a goal of many body weight exercise enthusiasts. Here is a wonderful tutorial video that contains the first progression step: the L-Sit. [YouTube] A new nutrition tracking app that I was pointed towards recently: Cron-O-Meter. It's free to sign-up, and lets you set goals for just about every single nutrient out there: ... [Read]

The squat is the most mistrusted, complicated exercise you will see in a gym this side of CrossFit. You hinge at just about every possible joint in your body during a squat -- ankles, knees, hips, elbows and shoulders all helping in the movement. Never mind the core stability and spine position required. Intimidated yet? You should be. You should ... [Read]

Fit to Be Linked - Oct. 28, 2013

Posted by Brandon Harrison
October 28, 2013 12:02 PM |
I find it pretty interesting that the gym, part of a small local chain, in the expensive part of town has both nicer equipment and less people than gyms in other areas. Seemingly against the stereotypes of the affluent residents -- more money and free time to spend on a gym -- I’ve now found a place to go after ... [Read]

BulkBites.com is looking to revolutionize the way meal planning works. For the life of me, during my fitness journey, I have never been able to figure out why there wasn’t an easier way to plan my meals. Of course, there were always calorie trackers where I could count and count until I hit my goal. I could always use ... [Read]

FitWeb: Weekly Links

Posted by Brandon Harrison
October 14, 2013 9:37 PM |
My cut off date has finally arrived. I've ended my bulk and started my cut, jumping in with a Protein Sparing Modified Fast for a little kick start (lets be honest, I want to be as lean as possible for halloween) and will transition to the normal cutting cycle in a week. I've also changed up my diet to include ... [Read]

FitWeb: Weekly Links

Posted by Brandon Harrison
October 1, 2013 1:31 PM |
The jury is still out on the different types of muscle fibers and what exactly they accomplish in the body. However, it doesn't hurt to change your training a bit to take advantage of a possible physiological effect. Here's an article over at T-Nation that covers the differences in the Type I, Type IIa, and Type IIb fibers. [T-Nation] Recently, ... [Read]

One Less Distraction: Cutting the Cord

Posted by Brandon Harrison
September 26, 2013 10:58 AM |
As I’m gathering my stuff to walk from my car to the gym, the first thing I do is run my headphone cable down the front of my shirt. I’ve seen others do this, and it makes sense to me. It keeps the cord from flailing around, threatening to either rip the headphones out of your ears or your media ... [Read]

Fit To Be Linked

Posted by Brandon Harrison
September 23, 2013 7:00 AM |
I've always had a personal struggle in the gym, specifically when moving up in weight during an exercise. After reading an article over at T-Nation concerning some specific exercise tips, I've changed the way I count my reps. Instead of counting up from 1, I start at the top and count down. I personally associate this with things like rocket ... [Read]

Fit Web: Weekly Links

Posted by Brandon Harrison
September 10, 2013 6:00 AM |
Another week falls off the calendar as everyone's fitness is improving (at least I hope so!). We've decided to move the weekly links to Mondays to give readers more time to implement anything they find interesting. Many don't know what it takes to become an IFBB Professional Bodybuilder. Here is a gentle giant that goes by the pseudonym "Big Ramy" ... [Read]

Compromising for Your Fitness

Posted by Brandon Harrison
September 7, 2013 3:35 PM |
We've all been in the same boat at some point. We have a regular gym routine. We are staying true to our nutrition plan, and not showing any shortfalls when it comes to our health. Then we stop being single. One of my greatest inherent fears of being in a serious relationship are the compromises I have to make with ... [Read]

Sport Specifics: Hockey

Posted by Brandon Harrison
August 29, 2013 10:06 PM |
The other evening, a link was passed my way. It's to a weightlifting centric blog called "Stack" and can be found here. The link details University of Minnesota Hockey's coach Cal Dietz. For those that don't know, Minnesota is the hockey state, and University of Minnesota is the hockey school in Minnesota. The article covers Cal's use of a very ... [Read]

Fit To Be Linked

Posted by Brandon Harrison
August 23, 2013 8:00 AM |
It's another Friday here in Health & Fitness . Wonder if the other blogs are on the same schedule? Anyway, here's this weeks Fit To Be Links. To elaborate on this weeks main entry: athleticism isn't neccessarily defined by strength alone. Max Shank covers this in his new article over at T-Nation. [T-Nation] I've struggled with this one myself, warming ... [Read]

Quick Hits: Fit Links

Posted by Brandon Harrison
August 16, 2013 7:17 PM |
Why fix what isn't broken? Maybe because it's breaking you. Reverse your grip on the bench press to help allieveate issues with your shoulders and forearms. [T-Nation] Matt "Kroc" Kroczaleski, competitive body builder and power lifter and famous for his specific row variation "Kroc Rows" took some time to answer questions from the Reddit community today. Lots of great ... [Read]

Quick Hit: Fit Links

Posted by Brandon Harrison
August 9, 2013 1:48 PM |
In the ever changing world of health and fitness, some noise is starting to rumble around on bringing your knees in a bit on the squat. This after years of unanimous coaching techniques saying to push them out and spread the floor. There is some big power behind it, as well. [iLiftHard.com] A lot of time is spent in ... [Read]