Why and When You Should Test Your Clients

By |2019-11-12T18:33:51+00:00November 12th, 2019|Advice|

As fitness professionals, we’ve been taught, told, and re-told countless times how important it is to initially assess our clients before starting a training program, or at least we hope that you have! However, what happens after your original assessment? Should you even bother re-assessing to track progress? A good trainer could get you out of a plateau, but a great trainer can prevent one! As a fitness professional one of the most frustrating things you can experience with [...]

How Fit Am I?

By |2019-11-08T09:49:13+00:00November 8th, 2019|Advice|

Matt Ford of Archon Combine answers the ultimate fitness question ‘how fit am I?’ The hardest question anyone will ever try to answer when it comes to fitness is, how fit actually am I? And the reason that it’s so difficult to answer is because fitness is different for everyone, but that’s exactly why as an industry we need to find a way to answer the question, not just for us but for all of our club members, box [...]

How to Relative Strength Deadlift

By |2019-08-01T10:15:33+01:00August 1st, 2019|Advice|

The Relative Strength Deadlift (RSD) The Relative Strength Deadlift is a measure of load lifted relative to your bodyweight. In this advice article we will break down the entire movement step-by-step in order to perform the most technically ideal method of a deadlift for optimal strength. Relative Strength Explained In its simplest form, relative strength (in regards to the deadlift) means comparing the amount you can lift with how much you weigh. Within the S&C world [...]

Relative Strength in Fitness

By |2019-07-05T14:21:45+01:00July 5th, 2019|Advice|

My 'better' is better than your 'better' Before we start we need to look at exactly what relative strength is within fitness and why it’s so important to take it into account when analysing someone’s level of strength. Traditionally we have a tendency to measure strength by the total amount of weight in kilos or pounds that can be lifted in any given movement. In other words, how many plates you put onto the bar, ultimately determines [...]

How to Relative Strength Bench Press

By |2019-06-27T10:23:25+01:00June 4th, 2019|Advice|

The Relative Strength Bench (RSB) The Relative Strength Bench Press is a measure of a load lifted relative to your bodyweight. This article will break down the step-by-step process required to perform a bench press with the ideal technique for optimal strength and safety. Watch Tutorial Video Relative Strength Explained We truly believe that measuring your strength by simply loading more weights onto a bar is not a true reflection of how strong you are. [...]

How to Relative Strength Squat

By |2019-06-27T10:07:55+01:00May 4th, 2019|Advice|

The Relative Strength Squat (RSS) The Relative Strength Squat is a measure of a load lifted relative to your bodyweight. In this article we are going to explain step-by-step how to perform a Relative Strength Squat according the method defined within the Archon Combine system. Watch Tutorial Video Relative Strength Explained Just loading weights on to a bar is never going to give you the true picture of your strength.  The only way to really assess [...]

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