Articles | the gym

Niki Sims, SSC | May 25, 2016

In barbell training there are certain tangibles that are essential to the pursuit of becoming stronger. These include a barbell, squat rack, bench, weights, chalk, and a solid, flat floor. Beyond that, we delve into a world of accessories and props, some of which are totally necessary to assist in your pursuit, and others which can be quite frivolous, especially for a novice. The intent of this essay is to help you prioritize...

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Brodie M. Butland, JD, BSc, SSC | August 20, 2015

'[R]ecent personal training licensing proposals would provide little or no benefit to the consuming public; are unworkable; and would require a hand-picked cabal to arbitrarily decide standards of care and requirements of practice, backed up by the threat of criminal liability commensurate with serious offenses like drunk driving and assault.'

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Matt Reynolds, SSC | August 20, 2014

"At 8pm, on the night of July 28, 2014, my cousin Kenny was bench pressing alone in an empty, unsupervised corporate gym on a Smith Machine when something went terribly wrong...My family cannot be saved from tragedy, but I hope by writing this article, yours may be. There is a correct way to safely spot and perform the barbell lifts, even when lifting alone. This is my practical guide on how to do so."

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Brodie M. Butland, JD, BSc, SSC | April 23, 2014

"The purpose of this article is to provide awareness regarding some of the legal issues facing us as strength coaches, and how tribunals have resolved those issues. I focus on three issues in particular: Liability for personal injuries, and how coaches/gyms have avoided it; Incorporation of a coaching business, and how it may or may not protect you from liability; and Nutrition counseling, and the fuzzy line between merely providing information and unlicensed dietary advice."

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