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Mud Runs Test Your Strength, Endurance & Grit Mud Runs Test Your Strength, Endurance & Grit

  By Brian Klepacki, MS, CSCS, CISSN, FMS Mud Runs and Adventure races have become the next fitness epidemic in the United States and for a good reason. But if you think you are ‘fit’ enough to tackle one of these races, think again. These races... read more

Building Muscle & Mindset at 40 and Beyond Building Muscle & Mindset at 40 and Beyond

  By Chris Wilson, RKC, CPT, CSN Getting old(er) is a fact of life and for many people, a truth that is very tough to accept. I just turned 40 myself making this concept all too real. I’d love to tell you that I’m just as awesome as I was in... read more

How to Build a Strong Body Using ONLY Body Weight How to Build a Strong Body Using ONLY Body Weight

  By Chris Wilson, RKC, CPT, CSN Could a guy on a deserted island get buff?  Is that even possible without weights? Most powerlifters and bodybuilders would argue that ONLY free weights can deliver ultimate muscle mass and strength.  Frankly, it’s... read more

15-Minute Trick to Improve At ANY Sport 15-Minute Trick to Improve At ANY Sport

  By Chris Wilson, RKC, CPT, CSN   This may sound too good to be true but this is no gimmick. Before I reveal the trick to performing better, let me explain how you are damaging your body without you even knowing it.  In order to help you... read more

Try THIS for a New Deadlift PR Try THIS for a New Deadlift PR

  By Chris Wilson, RKC, CPT, CSN   Have you ever seen yourself do a deadlift? I don’t mean looking forward into a mirror since that doesn’t reveal much about your form.  It’s from the side that you can really see what’s going on with... read more

Having Tight Hips is BAD for Your Back, Health & Sexual Performance Having Tight Hips is BAD for Your Back, Health & Sexual Performance

  Written by: Brian Klepacki, MS, CSCS, CISSN, FMS and Chris Wilson, CPT, RKC, CSN We’ve all experienced it before, that pain or achiness after sitting in a fixed position for a good portion of the day. Sitting in a stiff chair on a long distance... read more

Off-Season STRENGTH Training for Grid-Iron Warriors Off-Season STRENGTH Training for Grid-Iron Warriors

By Brian Klepacki, MS, CSCS Owner and Head Coach of Optimax Performance Training, LLC. St. Petersburg Florida The 2015-2016 NFL season is upon us and if you haven’t locked in your fantasy team yet time is almost up to get those rosters locked in. If... read more

Powerlifting Monster JP Carroll Interview Powerlifting Monster JP Carroll Interview

Interview with Powerlifting Monster JP Carroll Interviewed by Critical Bench Reporter Ben Tatar JP CARROLL is instantly making headlines in the World of Powerlifting. He has squatted 1,025 lbs. RAW and he is also on the hunt for a 600 plus RAW bench... read more

Anchoring Attitudes Anchoring Attitudes

Anchoring Attitudes By Mike Gillette You’ve experienced this before, whether you realized it at the time or not. It starts when a certain song comes on the radio. Then, the next thing you know, you’re in a better mood than you were just a moment earlier. Or,... read more

Dan Schwab Benches 405 Pounds Using Critical Bench 2.0 Dan Schwab Benches 405 Pounds Using Critical Bench 2.0

Testimonial From Dan Schwab   I just completed the Critical Bench Program 2.0. In the 11 week program, I put 40 pounds on my bench press to reach my goal of over 400 pounds. At 5 feet 7 inches and 198 pounds, I was able to get a 405 pound bench press.... read more

Awakening Your ‘MAN-Making’ Hormones: Essential Building Blocks of Muscle & Strength Awakening Your ‘MAN-Making’ Hormones: Essential Building Blocks of Muscle & Strength

By Chris Wilson, CPT author Anabolic AfterGrowth Anabolic Hormones like Testosterone, Growth Hormone, IGF-1, Insulin and Cortisol are the keys to unlocking your body’s muscle growth.  All of these have crucial roles on how your muscles respond to... read more

Strength IS the Foundation for Muscle MASS Strength IS the Foundation for Muscle MASS

By Chris Wilson, CPT author Anabolic AfterGrowth Growing up I always wanted to be BIGGER like my older brothers.  I mean, they were monsters compared to my little 9 year old butt.  They had a 5 year head start on muscle building and puberty helped... read more

Functional Training RUINED My Size & Strength Functional Training RUINED My Size & Strength

By Chris Wilson, CPT author Anabolic AfterGrowth I was under the illusion that I was still strong. I had fallen victim to the training I was implementing for a majority of my dedicated clients.  Focusing my time and energy on balance, conditioning and... read more

Execute Your Game Plan NOW (part 2) Execute Your Game Plan NOW (part 2)

Choosing to be great is just that, a choice.  That means that we are in control of our lives which seems evident but is certainly worth some thought. You see, some choices we make in life are harder than others because the consequences of our actions... read more

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