Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Complete Core Fitness- A Review of Mike Robertson's Core System

My friend and personal fitness hero Mike Robertson recently released his new product Complete Core Fitness. Of course I had to get my hands on a copy of this. You see, not only have I seen him speak on at least 5 separate occasions, but also I'm a proud owner of almost every single one of his products... Magnificent Mobility, Building the Efficient Athlete, Assess and Correct, Bulletproof Knees, Fitness Business Blueprint... just to name a few...

Note: You might be thinking I'm crazy for using the word "friend." I am talking about THE Mike Robertson, right? Well, let's just say that when he created my password for the product, he made it "NBABULLS." The man knows me!

So anyway, Complete Core Fitness delivered everything I could have ever wanted. Not only did Mike talk about the theory behind getting a super sexy beach body, but also he included:

  • A manual with 17 new and innovative ways to use a swiss ball
  • A "hellacious ab circuit" you can include at the end of any workout (that's how he referred to it in a personal email to me anyway)
  • The 10 reasons why the transverse abdominis will fix your back pain and flatten your tummy
  • Rotation 501: Twisting your way to that beach body
And let me tell you, after 4 days implementing these techniques, I've lost 30 pounds, developed an 8 pack, and have been hit on by more cougars than you could ever imagine. Not only that, but I've already been contacted by ESPN. Apparently, they want me to replace Blake Griffin next year in ESPN the Magazine: The Body Issue.

You can dunk over a car, Mr. Griffin,
but thanks to Mike Robertson, my body
makes yours look like that of a pre-pubescent boy.

Thanks Mike!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Soleus as a Knee Extensor, ACL tear prevention

I recently purchased a spider squat bar. You see, ever since I found out these things existed, I've wanted one. Well, I finally bought one, and it is now hanging proudly in my power rack in my bedroom-gym.

Only the coolest bedroom in the world...
Spider squatting is quite different from your typical squat (<--- best squat article ever, by the way), as the bar always seems to want to pitch you forward, making this extra awesome if you want to train core stability.

Anyway, I started practicing doing some reps past parallel with this 80-pound beast, and I noticed something that I had forgotten about when reversing direction coming out of the hole... the fact that the soleus muscle (the deeper of the two calf muscles) can be used in close chain activities as a knee extensor.

How is this possible?