Who is Cade Cowdin? He’s more than just a guy with an insane box jump. Cowdin’s training style is different from the average person’s. As a former college football player and NFL prospect and trainer for college athletes and pros alike, his philosophy is to always be game-ready. At any given second, an athlete can get their name called, and its Cowdin’s job to make sure they’re prepared. His training style is based on functional movement that translates to the sport the athlete is playing. Cowdin preaches that he wants his athletes to get from point A to point B as fast as possible while being in control of their bodies.
In this video clip, Cade Cowdin is showing his power, strength, explosion and athletic ability. Notice how he incorporates single leg position while performing box jumps. Incorporating single leg movements will benefit you in every aspect, especially if you’re an athlete. They recruit stability, strength, and athleticism while also engaging your core. Cowdin also uses a reverse banded squat method (overload training) at the end of the video clip. By using the bands in this manner, it allows you to add more weight while keeping good form.
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by: Cade Cowdin
Some people say training without a single focus is silly–you’ll never reach a goal and you’ll never get results. But what if being versatile is your goal? You know you want to try different fitness routines to get stronger and healthier but you haven’t identified with only one form of fitness. Well, then you’re like me.
From ‘Get lean’ to ‘Get Strong’
When I first got into fitness, it was through bodybuilding. I had a tangible goal: to enter a bikini competition. So the focus of my fitness routine and diet were to gain muscle and lose fat. After competing in three shows and realizing that bodybuilding just wasn’t my cup of tea, I explored the realm of powerlifting by embarking on a strength cycle.
My new goal: get strong.
I looked and felt amazing, but while focusing on both of these goals–bikini competition and strength–I’d forgotten about the other fitness activities I loved to do, like running and yoga. Suddenly being hyper-focused made me just that, an expert in one thing. I began to become obsessed, stressed, and all-in-all unhappy. And I realized I was missing out on the benefits of other forms of exercise.
From ‘Get Strong’ to ‘Get Moving’
Once I began working as a fitness professional, training clients and teaching classes in NYC, I realized the beauty of functional fitness and moving because it’s fun, not only to look or perform a certain way.
Now that I let myself be versatile in my training, I’m able to truly enjoy all of the types of fitness I do. Whether it’s hiking, running, CrossFit, powerlifting, rowing or yoga. I do it all because I enjoy movement in all its forms.
The Physical Benefits of Shifting Workout Styles
Other than the mental benefits of versatility there are also many physical benefits. While I do agree that if you have a specific goal, sticking to a fitness routine is important to see progress, you can still stay on a program while incorporating other styles of training. This is called an integrated approach: incorporating many different types of exercise into a routine.
Think of it this way: if you only do one thing, your body will eventually adapt. So in order to see true progress in your overall fitness level, challenging your body by changing the variables will keep you from hitting plateaus.
Unless it’s your job to focus on only one type of movement (i.e. a bodybuilder, powerlifter, etc.), there is no need to stick to one type of training. Additionally, if you never explore, you’ll never realize if you actually enjoy one style more than the other.
Be a well-rounded athlete. You only get one body, so treat it right and move it often.
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by: Alex Silver-Fagan
Everything I knew about fitness is wrong.
Well, not everything is wrong. But there are a lot of things I used to believe that I would never preach again. Some of them are innocuous, but others led to injuries and delayed my own results. They stunted my understanding of the foundations of fitness as I spent years “barking up the wrong tree.”
In this article, I want to cover some of the big ones — discovering these realities changed the way I looked at fitness and transformed my results. Read on with an open mind…because you might believe some of these too.
“Train like a Powerlifter.”
Don’t get me wrong: I firmly believe everyone should do some sort of resistance training to strengthen their bones, muscles, and joints… but they don’t need to train exactly like a powerlifter.
Take squats and deadlifts for example…I used to think in order to get strong, everyone needed to do insanely heavy back squats and deadlifts. They are, like, the two most important exercises IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND because they build so much muscle.
But the fact is, there are a lot of people whose joints don’t like the extremeness of powerlifting, even if they have great mobility. So instead of creating a “one size fits all” program like 5×5, why not just do a reverse lunge, a Bulgarian split squat, or a hip thrust?
Ultimately, the real goal is to build muscle, gain strength, and feel great — not to “accomplish” a certain lift (unless you’re a competitive powerlifter). I wish I knew that earlier in my career; my lower back would’ve thanked me.
“High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is the best form of cardio.”
For a long time, I was like: “HIIT or bust!”
With HIIT, I can burn far more calories than traditional, steady-state exercises (cycling, running, rowing, ellipticals, etc.). Thus, why the heck would I want anything less?! I MIGHT AS WELL TURN FOLDING LAUNDRY INTO HIIT!
Short durations aren’t always better.
1. Long form aerobic conditioning is extremely important. You’ll actually build specific adaptations to improve your fitness: more mitochondrial density, more capillary density, a larger left ventricle, and a stronger parasympathetic response. All that combined actually helps you crush HIIT workouts!
2. HIIT is stressful on your body and nervous system. Sure, it’s a great way to develop alactic and lactic capacity — but you shouldn’t do it all the f*cking time.
It took me a while to understand that. I wish I knew earlier because, by now, I would’ve had an incredible aerobic foundation that I could build everything else upon.
“You need to stretch more.”
I used to be as flexible as a 2×4 — touching my toes was an ordeal that could only be accomplished after a thorough warmup and some luck. Not only was that pathetic, it was also dangerous in the sense that I was risking injury through sports, lifting, and other modes of fitness.
So I started stretching. But what happened after I stretched?
I got tight again.
The truth is most people need more stability around their joints, not muscle length. That’s why we’re so tight — no stability around the joints forces our muscles to compensate.
A great way to loosen up is by using air to create stability. If you can breathe into your diaphragm and ribcage — and get all that air out too — you’ll allow muscles to “tone down” and relax instantly become more flexible. Better still, you’ll be able to maintain your mobility instead of getting tight again.
“Minimal shoes are better.”
I never wore those dorky “five-finger” shoes, but I did wear those minimal shoes that bragged about “zero heel lift” and “simulating barefoot running.”
But most people need more stability in their feet, NOT mobility. Sure, it would be different if we were born in the jungle and spent our entire life barefoot; but we don’t.
Because we don’t have that ideal foot stability — and because we walk all day on hard, flat surfaces — the body will compensate by tightening other areas of your body (which further feeds the problem of “you need to stretch more”).
Once I found the right shoes for me, I tested my range-of-motion at my shoulders and hips and it improved. Better still, I was able to maintain the benefits of stretching and mobility drills with my new footwear.
Some things to look for:
• Shoe bends at the toe box, not in the middle of the shoe
• Heel has an even height from outside to inside
• Heel doesn’t collapse if you push it in from the rear or outside
“The more you train, the better.”
You know the drill: 6 days a week in the gym. Two-a-days. Long-ass workouts. And getting up the next day to do it again.
Sure you’re a badass in the gym, but it’s also important to remember that life happens outside the gym.
Training isn’t about doing a speed ladder really fast… it’s about building the foundations so you can leave the gym and enjoy life.
And looking at it from a 30,000ft view, living a “healthy life” isn’t a badge of honor that only comes after your 8th triathlon or having the perfect amount of macronutrients. It’s about doing the basics really well, having fun, and enjoying the process.
Get more sleep. Lift weights. Try sports you’ve never tried. Drink more water. Take a walk on a sunny day. Play basketball with your buddy instead of watching TV. Cook at home instead of eating out.
Enjoy the journey and you’ll improve your chances of living a long, happy life.
by: Anthony Yeung
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