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45+ Year Old Beginner Workout: Improve Strength, Balance, and Flexibility
Last week I took you through the most awesome warmup ever in the history of the universe. And yes that is the most grammatically correct sentence I have ever typed with these sculpted fingers. Just in case you missed it…..you can check it out HERE. After being so epicly warmed up it only makes sense… [Read More]
How to avoid stress eating
A 1 minute and 41 second video on strategies to avoid stress eating. There are 2 basic strategies to avoid stress eating. 1) Remove the temptation from your home and office. If it’s not there you can’t eat it! The extra process of having to get in your car and drive somewhere will naturally help… [Read More]
Where does Internal Motivation come from and How can I get it?
If we are going to stick to fitness for the long run then we will need to be internally motivated. In today’s 3 minute video I break down the 3 factors that lead to internal motivation and simply but effective strategies to get some of that stuff. Where does Internal Motivation come from and how… [Read More]
I’m Too Tired to Workout
Relevant topic for today. I’m actually sort of tired and don’t “really” feel like working out…. I’m going to do it anyway. Here is a quick video where I go over a couple of systems I have in place to help motivate me to get my exercise in even when I’m feeling a little tired. … [Read More]
I started to work with Nate 3 months after lumbar spinal fusion surgery. I followed strict doctor orders for 12 weeks after surgery to not bend, lift, or twist at all! After that 12 week time period had passed the doctor gave me strict orders to start light physical therapy to engage my core and… [Read More]
“When I first began training with Nate I was hoping to increase my strength and look better naked. Having never worked with a trainer, I was afraid I was going to be yelled at “Biggest Loser” style. I’m sensitive. I don’t like being yelled at. So far I have gotten stronger and have the numbers… [Read More]
What are the Differences Between Machines and Free Weights?
Today I thought I would tackle the classic question of “What are the differences between machines and free weights?” I just went with the first things that came to mind…not a 100% inclusive list but pretty thorough in my opinion. Hope you enjoy it! What are the Differences Between Machines and Free Weights? … [Read More]
Why do we Foam Roll 1st?
Check out this quick video to learn a little bit more on WHY we foam roll 1st. Why do we Foam Roll 1st? [youtube height=”HEIGHT” width=”WIDTH”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spoHS4mq6ms[/youtube]
1 Arm Judo Champ
The story of the 1 armed Judo champ is one of my favorite of all time. How to take a seemingly obvious disadvantage and turn it into an advantage. Check out this short story and most of all have a great day! The Story of the 1 Arm Judo Champ [youtube height=”HEIGHT” width=”WIDTH”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wI2CzjftcLM[/youtube]… [Read More]
He challenged, encouraged and motivated me back into shape and all of that was done within a month, he is one of the best trainers I’ve ever had…” It usually take a little while to get a good flow with a trainer but things were different with Nedu, i was on tour with the broadway… [Read More]
“I didn’t know how weight training could really be that effective for an endurance athlete. Well, I went from a cyclist that averaged 21 mph on the bike in a Olympic distance triathlon to a cyclist that averaged 26 mph on the bike after just 3 months of working with Nate, so…. Before training with… [Read More]
Stuff You Should “Probably” Be Doing – Reverse Lunge into Single Leg RDL
Welcome back to Stowe Training Systems and thank you for being here. Today I would like to take you through some stuff that you “probably” should be doing. I say “probably” because I like to stay away from absolutes – The world is quite a large place and there just always seems to be… [Read More]
Stuff You “Probably” SHOULDN’T Be Doing – Stretching Your Lower Back
I get asked on a regular basis about stretches for the lower back. People seemed confounded when I tell them that this is “probably” a bad idea. [youtube height=”HEIGHT” width=”WIDTH”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IG-2-7nyNzM[/youtube] What most folks fail to realize is that there are a TON of nerves running through the lumbar region and that these nerves… [Read More]
Stuff You “Probably” Should Be Doing – Band Horizontal Abduction With a Press
Welcome back to Stowe Training Systems and thank you for being here. Today I would like to take you through some stuff that you “probably” should be doing. I say “probably” because I like to stay away from absolutes – The world is quite a large place and there just always seems to… [Read More]
Stuff You “Probably” Should Be Doing – Field Goal Angel on Foam Roller
Mobility Monday – Field Goal Angel on a Foam Roller Welcome back to Mobility Monday at Stowe Training Systems. Mobility Monday is where every Monday I take you through some super awesome exercises that are easy to do and offer a very high risk vs. reward ratio. With proper mobility can we help alleviate… [Read More]
Stuff You “Probably” Should Be Doing – Band Alphabet
Hi there! Welcome back to Stowe Training Systems and Mobility Monday. I hope you have been enjoying the content so far. Today I wanted to introduce you to an exercise that produces a whole lot of bang for your buck. This Exercise Will Allow us to Simultaneously Work On: *Anti-Rotation – especially useful if you… [Read More]
Why Would I Hire a Personal Trainer?
I recently hired a personal trainer as of December 2014. Most people find this extremely surprising….. They wonder why with all of my knowledge and experience of writing super effective programs I would want to spend my hard earned mula on someone else to train me. Well there are several reasons but I guess the… [Read More]
Stuff You “Probably” Should Be Doing – Hip Flexor Mobilization with Band Distraction
Hey there! Welcome back to “Mobility Monday” where I promise to continue bringing you the most cutting edge techniques that one can use to enhance their mobility. Last week I introduced you to the hip flexor mobilization with a resistance band. For those of you who missed it here is the video: [youtube height=”HEIGHT” width=”WIDTH”]… [Read More]
Why I Lift
I’ve been on a bit of a Bret Contreras kick lately. I love this post as it motivates me to want to go to the gym immediately. No matter who you are and no matter where you are starting from there are some compelling reasons to start LIFTING. – Nate Lifting weights is good for… [Read More]
Stuff You “Probably” Should Be Doing – Band Resisted Hip Flexor Mobilization
Today I thought it would be fun to start a “Mobility Monday”. Basically each Monday I will bring you a “Mobility” exercise of the week. Before we begin let’s 1st define exactly what mobility is. To me Mobility is a combination of Flexibility AND Stability. A lot of folks are very “flexible” and can touch… [Read More]
What Physical Therapists and Doctors Could Learn From BioMechanics
I ran across the article from Bret Contreras and it really resonated with me. I was thinking of one of my clients who was training with me after a major back surgery and how she was instructed to “not lift more than 50 lbs” and to “add 10lbs” to that total each month. Now; this seems like great… [Read More]
How Strong Do You Need to be for Life?
I get asked almost every single day “How strong do I NEED to get Nathan? I don’t want to play a sport, enter any competitions, or anything of the like. I just want to move, look, and feel good.” Well, as luck would have it today’s post from Dr. Scotty Butcher, PhD, PT does a… [Read More]
Is the Cost of Getting Lean Worth the Trade Off?
Well Precision Nutrition knocks the ball out of the proverbial park again…. This article is so awesome and easy to read that there are literally no “Notes from Nate” included. Hope you enjoy this post as much as I did! – Nate The cost of getting lean: Is it really worth the trade-off? By Ryan… [Read More]
Foam Rolling versus stretching
For any of you that have had the opportunity to train with me; you know that I am a huge proponent of “Foam Rolling”. I have personally witnessed a staggering amount of people get rid of chronic joint pain with this simple method over the years. However, it always begs the questions – why and… [Read More]
How Math can Help You Build Muscle
For those of you who want to know the “why” behind the “what” today’s post is for you. Don’t let the math part scare you; the lessons listed below really are quite simple. With that I’ll let author Greg Nuckols take over from here. Hope you enjoy! – Nate What you’re getting yourself into: ~3400… [Read More]
Nathan is the best personal trainer that I have had. He came highly recommended when I lost my previous trainer. Nathan is extremely knowledgeable in personal training and weight loss. With Nathan’s direction, training and education I have gone on to lose 115 lbs, run two half marathons and am currently training for my first triathlon. His encouragement… [Read More]
I first decided to start strength training with a personal trainer after I had multiple minor injuries during triathlons, half marathons, and distance bicycle rides. I realized that part of the underlying problem lay in muscle imbalances related to a past broken leg. Until I met Nate, I had worked with personal trainers for several… [Read More]
Strength, flexibility and balance are my goals. When I first met Nate, I had lost quite a bit of weight but needed to work on my core and firm up all over! He took the time to first understand my goals and then patiently, expertly guided me through my workout sessions. He is so knowledgeable… [Read More]
6 Things About Exercise the Magazines aren’t Telling You
Everyone wants a “magic pill” these days to help burn body fat and build muscle. Unfortunately, these don’t actually exist. Don’t fear though. If you follow the 6 tips below from James Clear you will eventually reach your health and fitness goals; no magic pill needed. Enjoy the read! – Nate 6 Truths About Exercise… [Read More]
Living with Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is all too common and often very misunderstood. Today’s post from precisionnutrition.com does a great job of outlining the best strategies to cope with Fibromyalgia. Enjoy the read! -Nate How nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle strategies can help alleviate the pain. By Ryan Andrews Millions of people (including a staggering 3.4% of adult women) struggle with fibromyalgia,… [Read More]
Is it Safe to Exercise with Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is an all to common age-related issue that shouldn’t be. Our bone density can be increased with a progressive resistance training program. However, there are certain precautions that should be taken when starting your program. While today’s post from www.theptdc.com is geared towards personal trainers – I thought that it did an outstanding job… [Read More]
How do 80 Year Olds have 40-Year Old Muscle Mass
I found the following article to be very inspirational. I have 1st hand experience of helping clients in there mid 50’s – 60’s build more muscle and get into better shape than they had been at any point before in their life…. The important take away is that it is never too late to start…. [Read More]
Will Resistance Training help Increase Bone Density?
There are almost too many benefits from a proper, progressive resistance training program to count. One of the most important benefits that often gets over looked is the positive effects on bone density. This is unbelievable important for both females over the age of 50 as well as anyone who enjoys cycling (as this has… [Read More]
How To Get Long, Lean Muslces
I ran across the following article on www.BretContreras.com. While Bret references lengthening the muscle via pilates and yoga I thought that it was great tie-in to the mobilization drills that I presented on KXAN the other day. Basically – we aren’t trying to “lengthen” muscles. We are simply re-training them to achieve their full range… [Read More]