Author: Corey Davis

How to Get the Most out of Core Blend Pt 2: Do Your Own Warmup

I’ve never started a class at exactly 5:30, 8:30, or 5:30pm. I do this for two big reasons. One, people often show up a couple of minutes late and I don’t want them to miss their warmup. Two, I want to give people time to do their own warmup prior to our class warmup.

This may sound like a cop-out, but there’s a legitimate reason behind this. Every person that I’ve trained has their own issues and areas they need to address. There is no way I could make a warmup so thorough that it addressed every possible area that someone could need to warmup. When we have a few minutes at the beginning of class, it’s a great time for YOU to warm up the specific areas that bother you.

For example, my ankles are really tight, so before a squat workout it’s an area that I need to give extra attention. In a thorough class warmup, it’s more likely that we would spend most of our time on the hips and knees to get ready to squat. If I was in class, my ankles and shoulders would be two spots that I would give extra attention to before class.

So how do you take advantage of this? Take notice of your body and where you have trouble and ask the trainers. We’ll hand out custom warmups for you to do and movements that we think will address your issues. It might be a specific stretch, a movement, or a myofascial release technique that we think will improve your performance.

These guys look ready.

Finally, whether you’re in group classes or doing one on one work, get here a couple of minutes early. We always do a general warmup, followed by a specific warmup. The general warmup is just something that gets your heart rate up, followed by the specific warmup which is the area where the movements are supposed to prime you for your exercises that day. If you get here a few minutes early and hop on the bike or treadmill you can start your session with the specific warmup, rather than the general warmup! This is convenient for you, your hour of training is spent with things that you get more value from and more convenient for your trainer. Believe me, none of us want to watch you pedal on a bike, but we’d rather watch you do that than get injured because you were cold during your workout.

Confirmation Bias in Exercise “News”

When explaining the concepts of optimism and pessimism to a child, the typical example is of a glass that is partially filled with water. The optimist is said to see it as half full, the pessimist as half empty. As a way to define these two terms, I guess that’s fine, but I think the more interesting concept is that two people can look at the same situation and choose to see what they had already chosen to see.

This is common in life. I won’t bore you with examples, but if you successfully operated a web browser with enough skill to lead you here, then I’m sure you can think of a few examples of confirmation bias in others. Bonus points if you can think of a few examples where you too were guilty of it.

A photo from Dana Linn Bailey’s IG account, showing her time in the hospital.

I bring this up today, because someone sent me an instagram post with their commentary on it. After reading the comments (both from my peer and from the dreaded comment section), I saw a lot of people using this post as proof of what they already thought long before that post happened.

Dana Linn Bailey is a highly accomplished bodybuilder and powerlifter. She is very lean and very strong and by any reasonable standard is an elite athlete. DLB recently did her first CrossFit workout and afterwards developed a serious condition called Rhabdomyolysis. Essentially, so much muscle was broken down by the workout she performed (High rep GHD sit-ups for time) that her kidneys couldn’t process it all. It’s a very dangerous situation and I’m glad someone with her following was able to increase awareness of the possibility of this happening.

The comments had the predictable reactions. There was a large group that already hated CrossFit using this as an example of how dangerous it is. “The instructors are unqualified”. “CrossFit is a bad workout”. There was another side as well. The group that loves CrossFit took home a different message. “Powerlifting and Bodybuilding don’t build true fitness”. “She’s at the top of these other sports but was humbled by a simple workout”. “Here’s proof that CrossFit is harder than any other fitness sport out there”.

Surprise, surprise in this essay about people choosing to see what they want to see, I think both sides are wrong.

CrossFit requires a two day certification. They offer additional certifications but one can be a CrossFit trainer after two days of work and learning. I think this is not enough time learning. However, I don’t feel like ANY certification exists that qualifies you to be a trainer. I have met many trainers that have a ton of letters behind their name (additional certifications) that I wouldn’t let coach a single person in my gym. Teaching a BootCamp in a local park requires no certification, so at least there is SOME requirement of learning and hands on coaching through CrossFit.

To say that CrossFit is a bad workout or a dangerous workout is disingenuous as well. CrossFit is too broad or a training system to be defined like that. There are absolutely some people teaching CrossFit that are doing a terrible job in my opinion. They’re picking workouts randomly, they’re pushing every workout too hard, they’re not thinking about a logical progression for their trainees. But for every example you can find of this, there are wonderfully qualified instructors that are NOT doing that. I’ve found many gyms online and trainers in person that progress their workouts in a logical fashion. Many use a system of conjugate training with cyclical focus where they train all modalities at once but put a higher emphasis on certain areas at certain times. If you’d like to criticize CrossFit trainers (or any other one domain of trainers) then I would gladly take you into any box gym in America and show you a trainer with a certification you do like that’s doing something dumb.

Ray Williams squatting a weight that would crush your favorite CrossFitter. This isn’t a sign that CrossFit is bad.

For those that used it as an opportunity to tout CrossFit’s superiority to other fitness regimes, I’d question that too. Rich Froning is a many time champion CrossFitter. At his peak he was one of the fittest people in the world and while I’m writing this, I’d imagine that he is doing something that mortals can’t dream of doing. That being said, if we asked him to get under a squat that Ray Williams (a champion Powerlifter) can perform routinely, he would get crushed. Literally. This isn’t an indication that CrossFit is a bad program for strength training. It just indicates that people get good at the things they practice and that includes CrossFitters. Although Dana Linn Bailey is very fit for the sports that she practices, she was not ready for the load of her first CrossFit workout.

I think both sides are missing a valuable lesson here. If you are a fitness instructor, you can’t judge someone’s readiness if you haven’t personally seen it. It’s why at Core Blend, regardless of what someone’s claimed workout history is we progress them slowly. On Joe Defranco’s podcast he had the New York Giants Strength Coach on and he made an interesting point about injuries. He asked the question of if the injury was caused by the workout where the injury occurred or if it was caused by the lack of progression towards it. Does two hours in the sun cause a sunburn? Or is it caused by all of the time not spent in the sun building up to it? Tissues can’t handle a load that they haven’t been conditioned to handle. Looking at an athlete like DLB I can COMPLETELY understand why the instructor let her hop in. Any other first time athlete would have been given a modified workout, but LOOKING at her and knowing her resume I’m sure the instructor thought that she would be fine. Knowing how competitive top level athletes are, I’d imagine that she would have WANTED the more difficult workout (I do not know this. I am assuming).

So what’s my takeaway? Real coaching is hard. It’s a lot more than just yelling “keep going”, “ten seconds left”, “you’ve got this” every few seconds. It is sometimes the job of the trainer to push, it is sometimes the job of the trainer to hold back, and it is always to make sure they can vouch for the progression of an athlete. Never make assumptions about the capabilities of someone based on looks or training history. If someone has a problem going through the progressions that you think are safe because they “are ready for it and want to work”, then explain it to them. If they still balk, then let them go train and get hurt somewhere else. This person isn’t interested in a coach, they just want someone to hold a stop watch while they work out. They don’t need you.

How to Get the Most out of Core Blend Pt 1: Ask Questions

In the first draft of this blog post, it was titled “How to be a Great Core Blender”. I decided to ditch that though because it implied that some of you weren’t great members, or that there was something wrong with not taking full advantage of our services. We’re here for you, regardless of how much time you want to spend here. If you never want to learn the role of the lat in stabilizing your spine, that’s fine. You absolutely don’t need to have that information to live a happy life.

However, if you would like to get the most out of your experience as a member, I have a few tips for you. The first one, which probably isn’t a surprise if you read the title, is to ask more questions.

Ask more from your trainers. From little things like “Why are we doing this exercise?” to “How can I get more from my nutrition?”. The trainers we have on staff are PHENOMENAL. They are incredibly knowledgable and have a lot more information they could be throwing at you, they’re just not because most people either aren’t ready for an overload of facts about exercises. There aren’t any bad questions to ask, but I’ll go over a few different types of questions you could ask that would improve your experience and why.

Why are we doing THIS exercise?

This is a wonderful question. Your trainer should be able to answer why an exercise was selected over other exercises, what the goal of it is, where you should feel the exercise, etc. For example, “Coach, why are we doing a Sumo RDL?” should get a response like “We chose the Sumo RDL because we want to improve your posterior chain strength but want to present it with a different challenge than you’re used to facing. The wider stance is going to allow you to feel your hamstrings and glutes engage differently than you’re accustomed to. We’re using a Barbell for the movement because we’re super setting it with a Lateral Raise and a lot of the DB’s are going to be taken up by the shoulder exercise.” An unacceptable answer would be “I don’t know. Just do it.” If you ever get THAT as an answer, then you need to let me know because that person doesn’t deserve to teach you, or to work at Core Blend.

One quasi exception to this rule would be an answer of “I don’t know, but it works so we’re doing it”. That doesn’t sound like a great answer, but let me rephrase it in a way that sounds better. “I don’t know the mechanisms of why it’s so effective, but I’ve personally done it for a while and so have my clients and we’ve really felt like it was effective”. That’s a much nerdier way of saying the same thing and I won’t get mad at our trainers for not being nerds.

Where should I be feeling this exercise?”

This is a wonderful question because it not only helps you to have better technique on an exercise, but it improves your knowledge of why we’re doing a particular exercise. This is hugely beneficial and any of our trainers will be able to answer this exercise.

Do you have any tips to improve on this exercise?”

I’ll answer this right now. YES. Your class instructors know a ton about the big movements, especially the compound movements. Now it’s entirely possible that after a few tips, you’ve exhausted the advice they’re going to have on a bicep curl, but you could talk to Cason or Morgan for an hour about deadlift technique if you so desired. Your high school math teacher is likely capable of teaching college level Calculus to you. They’re not though, they’re just teaching HS Algebra because that’s what you’re ready for. If that doesn’t apply to you, and you want some more advanced cues, just ask for them. I teach the deadlift in 3 steps to beginners. I teach it in 5 steps to advanced people, With the super advanced I’ll teach it in a TON of steps. We’ll cover grip, breathing, lat engagement, head position, stance, foot pressure, sequence of muscle firing, dead stop vs touch and go for their goals, straps, overloading techniques for sticking points, weak point training, etc.. Our members just learning how to deadlift and working towards their first body weight deadlift don’t need all of that.

Do you have a modification for me? This exercise bothers me.”

Yes. They do. If you let them know exactly how it’s bothering you, they can pick a better exercise for you and your goals. The reason we hire expert trainers is so that they can make these modifications. This is the primary reason they’re there. Otherwise I’d just film an hour long class and play it all day long for whoever wanted to come in. The reason we have spent (I don’t want to calculate it) money on equipment is so that they have the tools to modify. Dumbbells, sleds, kettle bells, 18 types of specialty barbells, machines, belt squats, bands, TRX Straps, etc. all exist so that we can modify away from the movement that bothers you. That’s a huge part of what separates Core Blend from other places.

Do you have any tips on sleep, nutrition, stuff to do on my off days, etc.?”

Of course they do! You might get an answer like, that’s outside of my scope and I’d recommend you ask someone else, but they will also give you the best possible answer. Another way to phrase it to help keep them out of trouble is “well what do you do?”.

I hope these are helpful and that they empower YOU to start getting more out of your gym experience. Our trainers love answering these questions because it’s an awesome opportunity for them to show how knowledgable they are. Give Morgan a chance to talk to you about rowing technique and let her show why she’s the American Record Holder in two different events on that machine. Ask Cason about how to Deadlift so that he can use some of the tips that got him to deadlifting over 600 pounds. Let our trainers demonstrate what makes Core Blend different.

CUT Class Program

The program we’re starting on Monday March 25 is 10 weeks long and is focused on muscle hypertrophy and hitting a new 8 rep max in the big 3. We’ll have a very wide variety of movements, but they’ll all be driven towards being better at the big 3. Morgan, Cason and Corey designed the program.

Fun isn’t something one considers when balancing a program, but this does put a smile on my face.


Weeks 1 and 2 will be sets of 12. Weeks 3 and 4 will be sets of 10. Weeks 5 and 6 will be sets of 8. Week 7 will be a deload week. Weeks 8 and 9 will be sets of 6. Week 10 will be a test week. 
To help focus over the 10 weeks, a goal for that big test would be useful. You could either think of a 1RM you’d like to hit and work from there, or think of your best 8RM and try to beat that. Neither of them is wrong. If you’re someone that excels at reps, then thinking about a 1RM and working backwards wouldn’t be as useful. If you have an 8RM but it’s not recent, then that wouldn’t be that useful either. 
To calculate your 8RM off a projected/goal 1RM just multiply your goal 1RM by .8. So if you want to end this program with the potential to bench 300 you’d multiply 300 by .8 and have an end goal of hitting 240 for 8 reps.
An alternate way to work would be to know that you can hit 225 for 8 currently and want to drive that number up to 235 over the next 10 weeks. 
Due to the wide variety of exercises we’ll be using over the next 10 weeks, we’ll use both an RPE and an estimated percentage of 1RM for you to use. If it’s a squat based variation, you’d base it off of your best squat. If it’s a DL variation you’d base it off of your best DL. If we say 60% for your Wide Grip Bench with a 3 second eccentric, I do not expect you to know what your 1RM is for a 3 second eccentric on a Wide Grip Bench. 
These recommendations will vary a good bit, so for most exercises, think of them as an RPE 8. If you are doing an exercise that focuses on one of your weak points, you’ll probably need less weight than the estimated percent, if it’s a strong point more. The weight should be challenging, but you shouldn’t be missing reps. Further, the accessory work matters in this program, so you don’t want to be so exhausted by our main exercise that you don’t complete the rest of the work.
The workouts will repeat for 2 week cycles, with the second week having an opportunity to do an AMRAP set on the last set of the main lift. Fridays will still be the most challenging cardio day.
To add more variety, the days of the week are on a rotating cycle, so if Mondays are a bad day for you or Fridays are often missed, you’ll be missing a variety of things, not the same thing every week.

I am excited to run through this program with all of you. I’m really excited about an opportunity to expose some weaknesses and improve on them. If you have any questions about the program, let me know at corey@coreblendtraining.com and don’t forget it’s never too late for YOU to join a gym that does programs instead of random workouts pulled out of thin air.

Fix This in Your Athlete Daughter for Knee Health

People often ask when kids should start lifting weights and that’s a complicated answer that has a lot of variables in it. When should my child start exercising is a really easy question to answer though. The answer is now. There is a misconception that exercising always means lifting weights. Although weights can be a VERY useful tool, the real goal is refining movement and there’s no time where that isn’t useful.

For girls, this is especially true, since they are much more likely to get injured in their lifetime due to poor movement mechanics. It’s not because women are less coordinated or play riskier sports, it’s due to the way their knees connect to their hips.

Due to this Q Angle (see dotted line in the above diagram) being greater in women than in men, they are already prone to having their knees cave in. Women generally have wider hips, as you can see this affects how the knees connect to the hips. This leads to issues with jumping and squatting, but is especially dangerous when they land or decelerate.

This is why the incidence of non-contact ACL injuries is so much greater in women than in men. Without proper practice, it is unlikely to change naturally, so something needs to be done.

  1. Mindful Movement. Have your daughter focus on keeping the knees out while doing squatting, jumping and landing movements. Teaching them the proper position slowly will help it apply to moving faster. These are the basics. These are slow and easily controlled. Start here.
  2. Challenge the Movement. Once you see that she can keep her knees spread on a squat, challenge it with additional weight. A goblet squat is a great option here. Another option is to challenge with bands that are forcing the knees to cave in. This will provide an easy cue to push out and will also strengthen the muscles of the hips that need keep the knees from caving in. This is a suitable progression and mastery here should be seen before it can be reliably put to the test in athletic situations.
  3. Force Absorption. The greatest force your athletic daughter will be forced to deal with isn’t the additional weight of the goblet squat or band tension, it is the force when they are dealing with a quick deceleration. Athletes spend a lot of time practicing running and jumping, but very little time is usually spent on stopping and landing. Work with your daughter on absorbing these forces well on sprints that have a defined stop point with proper deceleration and use box jumps, depth jumps and broad jumps to make sure that as your daughter lands she is landing with her knees in line or outside of her feet.
  4. Or just sign up for our kids class. It’s every day after school at 4 and we’ll work on these things.

Work on these things with your daughter. Help her to stay healthy and happy and strong and injury free. Feel free to email corey@coreblendtraining.com with any questions.

Questions About Kids Training

We get questions all of the time about our Youth Athletic Development class. I’m going to take this blog to answer some of the questions I get asked most often. I’m calling it an FAQ on YAD.

Working on Leg Strength

When is the class?
The class is Monday through Friday at 4pm.

How long is the class?
The class is one hour.

Is my child old enough for the class?
Sure. It’s really less about age and more about attention span. If they have the attention span to do an hour long class then they are old enough to participate. The class is about meeting kids where they are developmentally, so there’s no level that is too basic.

Sled Pushes are an Easy Way to Train the Legs for the younger ones

Will this help my child get faster?
Absolutely. The class is based around improving athleticism and speed is a big part of that. It’s not the only goal of the class, but in my opinion, doing only speed work would be a disservice. Often the reason for their lack of quickness is their weakness, poor motor control, poor fitness, or poor mobility. As such we need to take a holistic approach and try to improve all of the qualities that affect athleticism.

Explosive Work

I think my child should do more speed ladders. You don’t use them enough in your program.
That’s not a question. Here’s a YouTube video about how I don’t like the speed ladder. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFwdYto_LTw

What are your qualifications to work with children?
I have an undergrad degree in Physical Health Education and am certified to teach PE in the state of Georgia.

I was probably saying something really important

I don’t want my child lifting weights. I don’t think they’re ready.
Your child won’t lift weights until we feel like it’s appropriate. We challenge different movement patterns and sometimes weight is a way to do it. We also challenge them through additional reps, slow tempo, faster tempo or while focusing on other movements. Based on the research available, there is no reason to worry about a child lifting weights under the supervision of specialists. It does not stunt growth. It does not damage growth plates and often it is easier than bodyweight movements. The forces put on a child during controlled weight lifting (such as found at Core Blend) are much lower than those found in sprinting, jumping, landing, gymnastics movements and sports, so we have no fears in this area. We only want to challenge a child with weights when it is safe and appropriate to do so.

My child is old enough to lift weights. Why isn’t he?
We don’t feel like your child’s movement pattern is refined enough to add additional weight yet. We are confident that with additional time and work they will be ready and they will make better progress long term because we were conservative.

I’m worried that we won’t make it right at 4. Will my child be penalized for running late?
No of course not. They’ll miss out on one exercise and have an abbreviated warmup, but they’ll get a great workout in.

Hill Sprints Improve Acceleration for the athletes, and skin tone for the trainer

Do we have to sign up for specific days?
No. We need to know how many days a week your child will show up for pricing purposes, but they can show up whichever days are convenient.

Do we have to sign a contract?
No. We don’t have contracts.

Do we get a discount for additional family members joining the class?
Yes. We have a family discount that applies to classes or personal training.

We’re going to miss a few days, will we lose out on those sessions?
No. We will roll them over for you.

My Experience with Reese’s Massage

Now that Hoffa Massage Therapy is up and running I’ve been able to use Reese as a massage therapist regularly for the last six months. I’ve used him for my clients, for my wife and for myself and I think there are 5 reasons that Reese gives the absolute best massage. 

  1. Reese is strong. For some reason I was scared of this part. I don’t know what I was picturing, it’s not like Reese accidentally rips the door off of hinges when he goes to open them, but for some reason I was worried he’d accidentally push too hard and break something. Instead, because he has the strength of 10 men, he just does all of the massage work effortlessly and tirelessly. Where other therapists would need to really lean in, use an elbow, or worse of all just give up on stubborn knots, Reese just kneads his way through them.
  2. Reese is knowledgeable. Reese really knows his stuff when it comes to massage. It was frustrating when he couldn’t go out to dinner for about 8 months while he was studying for massage school, but now his devotion to his study has really paid off for me. He’s incredibly knowledgeable about the human body and is constantly studying to continue making himself better.
  3. Reese is well versed. Reese was a professional athlete for well over a decade and has received every sort of recovery treatment you can. This shows when Reese stretches a muscle while he massages, it shows when he brings in special tools for stubborn areas and it shows when he refers people out for a different style of treatment. Reese is my go to authority when I need to know how to treat some small issue.
  4. Reese actually works out. Reese knows about exercise and what sorts of movements I do, so in addition to knowing where I’m likely to be tight, he knows when I need to do more or less of a certain exercise. This knowledge has been invaluable not only with my own training but when I send him my one on one clients for a touch up.
  5. Reese is stubborn. You don’t get to be a world champion without having some patience and willingness to work. When my shoulders were tight and I couldn’t figure out why, Reese was on the case. He didn’t stop poking and prodding until he actually solved the issue. It meant that he went past our hour spending time continuing talking to me, but it was worth it to him just to figure out the real cause.
  6. BONUS REASON One of my biggest pet peeves from therapists is they always ask what I want to work on then they do an extra thirty seconds on that area before going into the same massage they always do. With Reese, he was willing to spend the entire time on the areas that actually bothered me. I thought the knots in my back were just a permanent part of life until I had enough time with Reese for him to fix them.
Strong, Healing Hands

A Note on Contracts

We don’t do written fee contracts lasting months at a time, here at Core Blend. We are committed to earning your business month after month. You should stay at our facility next month because we’ve provided value, not because you signed a contract. We advertise our actual price and don’t use a contract as a way to artificially decrease our price. We don’t see a reason that it’s beneficial for our clients to sign a contract, so we don’t make them. We’re committed to providing the best exercise experience possible, we’ll let other people worry about sales tactics.

Why Doesn’t Corey like Running Shoes at Core Blend?

New members often come into the gym wearing running shoes. It makes sense. I get why people do it. Running is exercise. They are coming to exercise. They should wear running shoes. Makes perfect sense. There are a couple of flaws to this kind of idea though and I have a couple of different solutions.

First, let’s talk about why this is an issue. Running shoes are really good at decreasing the amount of force going into your heel when you run. Most people do a heel to toe stride, so a lot of the force goes from the ground up into your foot at the heel. Your running shoes are designed with a big foam pad there to absorb that force. This is great for runners.

The issue is when you’re NOT running and instead trying to squat or deadlift or do something else athletic inside Core Blend (or whatever non Core Blend gym you’re mistakenly going to) your goal is to put force into the ground. The same material that is keeping your body from feeling the impact from the ground is now keeping your body from being able to exert force into the ground. You may have a coach repeatedly telling you to get your weight on your heels during the squat, but if you’re in running shoes they’re missing the point and so are you. You are instinctively going to feel like you can’t push through your heels (because you can’t, at least not very efficiently), so of course you are going to lean forward and push through your toes instead.

So now  you’re stuck in a lose lose situation. Squats feel unnatural, your coach tells you you’re doing them wrong, but it doesn’t really feel like you can do it the way they’re telling you to. So what’s the answer? I have a few different solutions:

  • Go Barefoot.
    • Pros
      • This is by far the cheapest option. No additional steps are needed to do this. Just slip off your shoes after getting loose and then put them back on after your last set.
      • This works incredibly well. Here’s Jordan Clarke deadlifting 650 pounds barefoot. Here’s a photo of me squatting 435 barefoot. You would be shocked at the number of people i’ve worked with that hit large PR’s just by me cueing them to push through their heels after taking their shoes off.
                          
      • It can actually make coaching the lift easier because you can see whether or not the athlete is rooting into the ground properly and pushing through the foot in the right way.
    • Cons
      • You can’t transition as seamlessly from one exercise to the next. If you’re doing a superset of Squats and Box Jumps, this wouldn’t work nearly as well. If you were doing a squat or a deadlift as part of a larger circuit, it’s not realistic to take shoes on and off constantly.
      • People will worry that you will hurt your foot if something gets dropped on it. You will have to endure this completely unfounded concern, as if the person offering this advice is wearing steel toed shoes in the gym. That 45 pound plate is going to crush a foot whether you’re barefoot or wearing running shoes. This isn’t really a con…it’s just a pet peeve of mine.
  • Get Lifting Shoes
    • Pros
      • Easily slid on and off for lifts. Just put your running shoes back on for the rest of your workout.
      • These shoes should be the best option for big lifts. That’s what they are explicitly designed to do.
    • Cons
      • As Louie Simmons says “Don’t have $100 shoes and a 10 cent squat.” At least in the beginning that money might be better spent on additional coaching time with an expert. Barefoot works well enough for a long time.
      • The shoes might not be the most comfortable way to lift for you. Some people prefer a raised heel, some prefer a flat sole.
      • You might need/want different shoes for different exercises. I’ve met guys that deadlift in one pair of shoes, squat in another, and have a third pair for cardio. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it can get expensive.
  • Get Multi-Purpose Shoes
    • Pros
      • These shoes work really well for a wide variety of exercises. I squat, bench, olympic lift, row, ski, push a sled, and play sports in mine. You wouldn’t need to change shoes during your workout and they would work very well.
      • These will be about the same price as a pair of running shoes, so if you just buy these instead of running shoes next time, you’re not looking at an additional expense.
      • Examples of these would be shoes from No Bull, Nike Metcons, or Reebok Nanos. I’m sure there are more. If you’re confused, pop me an email or swing by the gym and I’ll answer questions.
    • Cons
      • These shoes are by definition not THE BEST at any one activity. That shouldn’t be an issue for most people though. For the broad fitness done in warehouse style gyms, these will be fine.

So there you go. Hopefully this helps your lifting and fitness.

You Can Be Fit

The person that you know that effortlessly fits exercise into their week? They enjoy it.

Our role as trainers at Core Blend is to help you find that form of exercise that you’ll look forward to. We want you to exercise for the rest of your life and the best way to do that is to make sure that it’s enjoyable. So many people are busy trying to sell the EXTREME workout, or shove you into a one size fits all box that they forget that you showing up every week for the rest of your life is the real goal.

No matter what your goals are and what you enjoy doing, we can help you. If right now you think that you don’t like working out, we can find something you do like. I’m positive of it. You can enjoy exercise and you can be fit. A lot of these blog posts run longer, but this message is about as simple as it gets. You can be fit, and we can help you get there.