LIFT LESSONS

3 Easy Ways to Get Moving At Home
May 16, 2020

3 Easy Ways to Get Moving At Home

Here we are, two months into a seemingly endless repetitive cycle. Motivation is at an all time low and quarantine fatigue is at an all time high. We are all getting restless and in these times we tend to over stimulate. Unfortunately our go to stimulations are in the form of a couch, binge watching, and binge eating.  Almost every article and post out there is about ‘navigating life post pandemic’ or ‘how to mitigate risk’ as if its stay...

May 8, 2020

Back Squat vs. Front Squat: Which One Should You Be Doing?

Ever wondered what the difference between the back squat and front squat is? Which squat is best for you? Let's run through both squats and see which one you should be doing in your program. Squat variations are the foundation to any great training program, but each one has its own pros and cons. Knowing the differences between the back squat and the front squat, along with their advantages and disadvantages, allows you to decide which squat fits your specific...

WGN NEWS & A letter to the fitness community by: Josh Siroko
May 7, 2020

WGN NEWS & A letter to the fitness community by: Josh Siroko

[embed]https://youtu.be/HlSzvIJJkQk[/embed] We are honored to be on WGN News to talk about reopening in a safe manner as curve continues to flatten. Want to read the full article? Click here! Below is a little letter from Co-owner, Josh Siroko.   To all my fellow Gym Owners, Gym Enthusiasts, and Average Joe’s- What is normal now? Streaming services have replaced in person interaction. Zoom was once something just reserved for corporate settings and is now the go to happy hour destination....

Mastering The Hip Hinge
April 24, 2020

Mastering The Hip Hinge

Hip Hinge - What is it and Why should we care? We perform the hip hinge hundreds, maybe even thousands of times per day. We would be here until Christmas if we named all of the times we get in and out of the hip hinge. Any time you bend over, stand up, sit down, or simply move through space you are hip hinging. What is interesting is we tend to lose touch with this movement over the years. Why?...

Building a Great Home Gym
April 22, 2020

Building a Great Home Gym

Having a home gym set-up can be a life saver during these tough times. Bodyweight exercises and cardio can get old really fast, making training not as enjoyable. Depending on your budget and space available you can grab just a few essentials or you can build the holy grail of home gyms. Extra home fitness equipment is going to give you more versatility, better exercise options, and allow you to load exercises more precisely than you could with just body...

4 Ankle Mobility Drills To Instantly Improve your Squat
April 16, 2020

4 Ankle Mobility Drills To Instantly Improve your Squat

Being stuck at home during this COVID-19 quarantine doesn’t mean we can’t work on things that will set us up for success when we are finally able to get back into a real weight room. One thing that we can all work on from home is our mobility/movement patterning. You’ve probably heard how important the squat is to any well-designed program, and the ankles play a major role in your ability to properly (and safely) perform a squat. One of...

Immediately Improve your Squat with this Modification
April 15, 2020

Immediately Improve your Squat with this Modification

(Read and Video Time - 5 mins) By: Jared Blincow At LIFT we pride ourselves on not forcing clients into movement patterns that they aren’t ready for. There’s nothing in the gym that we absolutely have to do, and it makes little sense to try and shove a square peg into a round hole. One of the most common modifications you’ll see in our weight room is elevating the heels for squat/lunge patterns. We will get a little bit more...

Surviving the Pandemic Game and Staying Fit at Home – By: Jared Blincow
April 13, 2020

Surviving the Pandemic Game and Staying Fit at Home – By: Jared Blincow

It’s hard to believe that less than a month ago we were all living our normal lives, with nothing but our normal worries and problems to think about. With the COVID-19 pandemic upon us and national quarantine guidelines it’s very easy to get overwhelmed and feel like you’ve lost all of your structure in your day to day life. Chad, Pete, and I sat down for another episode of the LIFT Bodcast and we all shared some great strategies to...

5 Lower Body Stretches to Work on at Home
April 8, 2020

5 Lower Body Stretches to Work on at Home

While the majority of us are working at home, it’s easier now more than ever to find yourself sitting around for most of the day. Spending extended amount of time in a seated position can wreak havoc on your hips and lower back, especially if you aren’t setting aside 30-60 minutes of movement/training a few times per week. Starting off your day with a little movement is an easy piece to add to your daily routine and will help alleviate...

March 25, 2020

How Detraining Affects Your Strength and Muscle Mass

With the COVID19 pandemic hitting the country and forcing us inside, it’s easy to get frustrated and come up with a number of excuses as to why our training should take a backseat. Although training at home may not be the most ideal solution, something is always better than nothing. If you think your “gains” you’ve been working so hard to develop over the last few months/years has been for nothing, I’ve got some good news for you… Previous studies...

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