How To Avoid Soreness & Stay Fresh – Tips For Your Next Day Of Hard Labor

Spring to me is always the time to pull my camping gear out of storage and dust off my boots. While weekend hikes are great, I try to get one major expedition in per year. You’d think training up for such an excursion would mean pre-trip prep, but what you do on the trail is …

Bodyweight Exercise for Martial Arts Part 1 – Upper Body Force Transfer

Bodyweight exercise has been used by martial artists for centuries to build attributes like strength and endurance. All traditional martial arts include specific conditioning methods, and in many cases these methods are considered so valuable that they are highly guarded secrets of the lineage. My own background of Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu included the study of …

Improve Your Coordination and Agility with Bodyweight Exercise

Coordination and agility are hallmarks of movement mastery. Success in the dynamic sphere of sport is often determined by your ability to turn the off-season strength, endurance, and speed gains you’ve built into complex, improvised movements on the field of play. That requires a different approach to training, one that focuses on channeling these attributes …

Exercise For the Desk Jockey — Has Your Desk Made You Chair-Shaped?

Do you spend a lot of time at a desk? Does your work trap you indoors? Have you got that “office worker hunch”? You know the one. Picture a guy, slightly overweight and sporting a pale fluorescent indoor tan. He walks with a slow shuffle, his pelvis tipped forward as though in a chair, his …

No More Wrist Pain: A Desk Jockey Special

If you slave away at an office all day, this one’s for you… We covered lower back and hip movements in an earlier blog and video. Check that out if your job is making you chair shaped. And we looked at the upper back and shoulders in the second installment. You should look that up …

Roll Off Your Belly Roll

Okay, let’s build the next step in your cool multi-dimensional core sequence… In the first instalment — the Arching Leg Thread — we worked on your ability to recruit your core in a twisting motion. That’s pretty complex, and it’s a lot more challenging than the ole “sit up and lie back down” routine most …

Ryan’s Ninja Secrets of Flexibility

My ninjutsu days are long behind me. But their influence resonates down to the present and permeates every aspect of my life. I still approach my training from that mindset. I think like a ninja, observe the street like a ninja, and I still strive towards mastery every day, in every action. You’ve gotta keep …