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Author:
Kurtis Bednarcyk, CFSC

On Thursday of this week, I’ll officially be IN my 30s! Let me be clear right off the bat, age is merely a number and has little bearing on who an individual is, but as I enter the home stretch of my 31st round trip I can say with certainty that Father Time stops for no one!

Thirty-one is by no means “old,” the majority of my trainees have beat me here - some by several decades(!) - many of whom continue to inspire me both within the gym’s walls and outside of it. But since I first unracked... READ MORE

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Author:
Kurtis Bednarcyk, CFSC

This blog post was originally posted on LoriandErin.Com

Today we have a special guest post for you, coming from local strength coach Kurtis Bednarcyk, CFSC of ... READ MORE

Author:
Kurtis Bednarcyk, CFSC

Which of the following have you done most recently?

  1. Slog through an arbitrary number of burpees or [insert any trending “fat burning” exercise here] in the name of caloric output
  2. Skip, somersault, or climb a tree
  3. Spent 30 minutes or more on your smartphone or other tech device

If you’re over the age of about 25, chances are pretty good you haven’t answered with #2. And I can’t say I blame ya; the societal expectation as we progress into adulthood is that we phase out play in favor of responsibility – or at least the appearance of it. A... READ MORE

Author:
Joseph Aratari, CFSC, CPT

Hip Hinge Workshop

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting the Hip Hinge 101 Workshop! It will take place here at Next Level Strength & Conditioning on Saturday, April 29.

This workshop is presented by Matthew Ibrahim and Dr. Zak Gabor. Their hybrid team approach provides attendees with the insight of both a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Strength & Conditioning Coach, through a hands-on practical workshop.

Attendees will walk away with... READ MORE

Author:
Joseph Aratari, CFSC, CPT

1) Increased self-esteem
2) Lifelong habits
3) Er...this isn't going as planned...

Ok. Change of script..Deal with this longer post. This is important stuff.

As a strength coach at the high school level as well as the private sector, I was recently inspired to write about WHY young girls NEED strength & conditioning. Check out this awesome post that also triggered my inspiration by Tony Gentilcore "... READ MORE

Author:
Corey Evans B.S., CSCS, CISSN, USATF Level I

Regular exercise has been proven, in most circumstances, to improve health and prolong a person’s overall quality of living. There are many benefits from exercise that have been shown to occur time and time again; some even occur as soon as exercises is starts! However, one not-so-talked-about detriment from exercise is known as Exercise Induced Oxidative Stress.

This is not the same stress that is experienced during a hectic day at work, or deciding between chocolate cake now, or a beach body later. Exercise induced oxidative stress results in inflammation, and is our bodies... READ MORE

Author:
Nate VanKouwenberg, MA, CFSC, USAW

Stiff, painful neck? Tingling down your arm? Forward head posture from sitting at your desk or looking at your phone all day? Check out the neck reconditioning and postural maintenance series below! # Due to an epic ATV fail this summer, I found out what an actual pain in the neck feels like. What started off as stiffness and lack of mobility progressively turned into jolting pains, numbness in my arm/ hand and pulsating aches that started to affect my day to day. After a few appointments for soft tissue work/ cervical traction and 2 cortisone shots, I’m feeling much better!

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Author:
Joseph Aratari, CFSC, CPT

Coach @ericdoanpt killing It --- Kettlebell Swaps Preparing your feet should be one of the first things you do before any workout, especially if you're doing any lower body training. Jumping, running, squatting, or any other athletic movement requires the ankle and foot musculature to fire correctly. If the ankle is not stable, the rest of your body is not stable. --- Kettlebell Swaps challenge your feet to appropriately respond by creating instability. As the weight passes between hands, the ankle must fight to resist collapsing. Successfully completing a few repetitions will prime your... READ MORE

Author:
Nate VanKouwenberg, MA, CFSC, USAW

“Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy!” –Robert Half

Talent is only a small component of what it takes for an athlete to be successful! For every talented athlete, there are hundreds, if not thousands of others just like them. It’s what an athlete does beyond their regular practices and games that will make them stand out above the rest. If you’re not willing to put in the extra time and effort to gain an edge on your competition, someone else is and you’ll be left behind!

It takes a lot more... READ MORE

Author:
Nate VanKouwenberg, MA, CFSC, USAW

My metaphorical plate is officially full! Between a full time teaching job, owning a small business, multiple coaching positions, two beautiful kids under 6, an amazing wife, insane yellow lab, house to care for and everything else that adults have to deal with on a daily basis, free time for me is about as rare as a Buffalo Bills playoff appearance. Although I love my life and everything that keeps me so busy, there are times I find myself... READ MORE

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