Strength Hacking with HRV: Part 2


Last week I told you that the single biggest reason people hit strength plateaus, overtrain and fail to reach their true strength potential isn’t because because of reasons everyone thinks, but rather because they fail to maintain the right balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. Sympathetic overload is the great strength killer.…Read More

Strength Hacking with HRV

Jim Laird

Training has changed dramatically over the years. In the 6th-century BC, Milo of Croton would carry a calf on his shoulders every day until it became a full-sized bull. Unknowingly, Milo was in the process of discovering the principle of progressive overload. Simply put, the calf got bigger over time and Milo had to respond. As a result of his labor, Milo’s muscles adapted to the workload by getting bigger and stronger.…Read More

Conditioning Supplements That Really Work

conditioning supplements

Take a walk through any supplement store and you’ll no doubt be bombarded with endless products promising to boost everything from strength, power and muscle mass to testosterone. While some of these products may be helpful to certain athletes depending on their goals– at least the few that are actually supported by research– there’s one area of performance that supplements rarely do a good job of improving and that’s endurance, i.e. conditioning.…Read More

So You Want to Become a Fighter

become a fighter

Just about every day I check my email and see messages from aspiring fighters who want to know the secrets to turning their passion into a successful career.  Sometimes the questions are simple— How do you prepare an Epsom salt bath for a last-minute weight cut?— and sometimes they could be the subject for an entire book—What kind of periodization do you recommend for an amateur fighter?Read More

3 New Conditioning Rules


Considering that we’re on the brink of the training technology revolution, with more fitness devices and gadgets becoming available almost daily, it’s surprising that in many ways, conditioning is still in the dark ages. If you were to go back in time and watch conditioning sessions for teams and athletes 50 years ago, chances are…Read More

Conditioning and Mental Toughness

mental toughness

The term “mental toughness” has become a popular buzzword in strength, conditioning, and fitness circles lately. These days, people are even paying good money to run themselves through brutal military style obstacle courses and endurance races – all in the name of proving and developing their mental toughness.…Read More

The Missing Link in Movement Training

movement training

Over the last several years, the field of strength and conditioning has undergone a dramatic transformation. Instead of designing programs around the sole idea that strength is all that matters, coaches and athletes have embraced terms like “functional movement” and turned to physical therapists to learn more about how the body moves and how it should be trained.…Read More

The BioForce Project

BioForce Project

Today, I’m going to share with you something I’m very excited about. Something I truly believe has an opportunity to change the fitness industry for the better. Before I tell you exactly what it is and why I’m so excited, let me first tell you about why I think it’s so important.…Read More

The Ultimate Conditioning Guide


If you’ve been through a few of our articles, you may have noticed a common thread.  In fact, the majority of my posts are elaborations of a few core principles of conditioning and fitness. The truth is that having great conditioning really isn’t as difficult as a lot of people make it out to be, but it’s also much more than just working running yourself into the ground over and over again as far too many people often do.…Read More

Nootropics: Supercharge Your Brain


Visit any supplement store and you’ll quickly get lost amongst endless rows of various pills, powders and drinks promising to do everything from burn fat faster than ever to give you endless energy and endurance. Despite the size and popularity of the supplement industry, there’s one area of supplementation that’s rarely discussed despite the fact that it has as much potential to improve performance as anything else out there……Read More

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