Todd Bumgardner – Strength & Conditioning Coach – http://www.toddbumgardner.com Building. Stronger. People. Tue, 29 Mar 2016 10:22:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.11 How’s Your Rack Pull? http://www.toddbumgardner.com/hows-rack-pull/ http://www.toddbumgardner.com/hows-rack-pull/#respond Tue, 29 Mar 2016 10:21:24 +0000 http://www.toddbumgardner.com/?p=1113   [This post, How’s Your Rack Pull, is an excerpt from the book Uncommon Strength. It’s coming soon. It’s a bad motherfucker. Mike Connelly and I are kicking ass on it.]    A rack pull is a partial range deadlift. You can determine how partial that range is by elevating the bar, or lowering it, […]

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Morning Mobility Routine http://www.toddbumgardner.com/morning-mobility-routine/ http://www.toddbumgardner.com/morning-mobility-routine/#respond Thu, 24 Mar 2016 15:11:06 +0000 http://www.toddbumgardner.com/?p=1105   Every morning I wake up and follow a routine of shit that counteracts what over a decade of playing football and powerlifting like a fourteen year old with an involuntary boner has done to my body.   I’ve fucked some shit up. So I focus on taking care of my hips (beat up from […]

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Do This Hip Mobility Combo! http://www.toddbumgardner.com/hip-mobility-combo/ http://www.toddbumgardner.com/hip-mobility-combo/#respond Tue, 22 Mar 2016 14:12:53 +0000 http://www.toddbumgardner.com/?p=1098 Does the title make it seem like I’m yelling at you? Good, because I totally am. Sometimes well-punched, declarative yells are a necessary evil.   Hip mobility is important. Not like making sure you’re actually the father of the child important, but like being able to squat deeply and walk when your ninety years old […]

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Featured on MarkFisherFitness.com http://www.toddbumgardner.com/featured-on-markfisherfitness-com/ http://www.toddbumgardner.com/featured-on-markfisherfitness-com/#respond Sun, 13 Mar 2016 18:20:37 +0000 http://www.toddbumgardner.com/?p=1093 I’m probably not vocal enough about it, but I love the folks at Mark Fisher Fitness. I met Mark, Brian Patrick, Murphy, Kyle Langworthy and the gang at a seminar a few years ago and immediately hit it off with them…which makes total sense. They’re great people. A few weeks ago they asked me to put […]

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Why Mobility Training? http://www.toddbumgardner.com/why-mobility-training/ http://www.toddbumgardner.com/why-mobility-training/#respond Tue, 08 Mar 2016 15:14:39 +0000 http://www.toddbumgardner.com/?p=1083 This post is an excerpt from a  that Mike Connelly of Rebell Strength and Conditioning and I are writing. It will be named Uncommon Strength and is centered on a kettlebell and barbell training program, but it’s much more than that. All of the proceeds are being donated to the Raider Project–an organization that helps Recon Marines […]

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Solve Your Stalled Bench-Press http://www.toddbumgardner.com/4-moves-to-solve-a-stalled-bench-press/ http://www.toddbumgardner.com/4-moves-to-solve-a-stalled-bench-press/#respond Wed, 02 Mar 2016 18:41:09 +0000 http://www.toddbumgardner.com/?p=1080 Almost nothing feels better than beating your old bench-press mark. And while it may have happened regularly during your early days of lifting, those fast gains start slowing down as you become more seasoned. Pretty quickly, you’ll require a more disciplined approach than simply getting under a heavy bar and pushing with everything you’ve got. […]

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Master the Romanian Deadlift http://www.toddbumgardner.com/master-the-romanian-deadlift/ http://www.toddbumgardner.com/master-the-romanian-deadlift/#respond Tue, 01 Mar 2016 16:38:59 +0000 http://www.toddbumgardner.com/?p=1064   Romanian Deadlifts are important, but wait, let’s talk about something that supersedes exercise! Before you read on, know this. This post is an excerpt from a yet unnamed book that Mike Connelly of Rebell Strength and Conditioning and I are writing. The book is centered on a kettlebell and barbell training program, but it’s much more than […]

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ISO’s and High-Tension Lifting: Why They Make Sense http://www.toddbumgardner.com/isos-and-high-tension-lifting-why-they-make-sense/ http://www.toddbumgardner.com/isos-and-high-tension-lifting-why-they-make-sense/#respond Tue, 23 Feb 2016 21:11:59 +0000 http://www.toddbumgardner.com/?p=1060 “How much time, how much time?”   During the first few weeks of off season training it’s a question I hear daily. It turns out that pain is a powerful motivator for time keeping–especially if you’ve been holding the same position for five minutes.   That’s what happens during the crescendo of the intro Iso-Extreme […]

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3 Simple Steps To Get Stronger This Year! http://www.toddbumgardner.com/3-simple-steps-to-get-stronger-this-year/ http://www.toddbumgardner.com/3-simple-steps-to-get-stronger-this-year/#respond Sun, 14 Feb 2016 20:08:40 +0000 http://www.toddbumgardner.com/?p=1055 I’ve written several strength programs for Bodybuilding.com, to which I’ve pointed a number of eager readers desiring to build Herculean strength. But a good program isn’t everything, and it doesn’t necessarily guarantee success. So, aside from following a well-constructed lifting plan, what else should a lifter do to begin his or her strength journey? For […]

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Want A Bad Ass Kettlebell Swing? Read This http://www.toddbumgardner.com/want-bad-ass-kettlebell-swing-read/ http://www.toddbumgardner.com/want-bad-ass-kettlebell-swing-read/#respond Sat, 13 Feb 2016 23:53:49 +0000 http://www.toddbumgardner.com/?p=1023 Count your Lucky Charms, ladies and gents, because today we have a treat. A guest post from the Iron King of Chicago, Mike Connelly. Mike is the co-owner of Rebell Strength and Conditioning in Lincoln Park, Chi City.   The son of a bitch knows his way around kettlebells, if ya know what I mean. And […]

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