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We’re Hiring a Part Time Sales and Support Rock Star in Calgary

By | 2017-04-27T14:54:06+00:00 April 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|

The fitness revolution is showing people the truth about exercise: that gimmicks are garbage and hard work pays off, and thus, we are growing. When customers have problems or need a more in-depth understanding of our niche products, they contact us, and our goal is to help them as quickly and awesomely as possible. We're [...]

The 3 Most Important Stretches to Relieve Low Back Pain

By | 2017-03-23T23:27:43+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Mobility, Recovery|

The key to relieving low back pain...the Psoas. Low back pain is one of the most common complaints we hear about. It’s estimated that 80% of people will experience some sort of low back pain within their lifetime. The most common reason for this discomfort are tight psoas muscles (commonly known as hip flexors). The psoas [...]

The Secret to Really Getting Better in 2017…

By | 2017-03-23T23:27:44+00:00 January 9th, 2017|Motivation, Tips|

Here's the deal... we all love working on our strengths and feeling like we crushed our workout. But, want to get in on a little secret? It took me a long time to figure it out even though I've heard it before, I've been told to do it before, etc. It's like when your parents [...]

Getting clients motivated by getting in their head: Psychology of training

By | 2017-03-23T23:27:44+00:00 September 16th, 2016|Motivation, Tips, Uncategorized|

Getting clients in the door is sometimes only half the battle. While coaches and trainers have a clear understanding of the benefits of exercise and training, our clients don’t always feel the same way. You need to find a way to start getting your clients motivated to always come back to you.  Retaining clientele, whether [...]

Best drills for better WOD times

By | 2017-03-23T23:27:45+00:00 August 22nd, 2016|Tips, Training|

Improving your WOD times by doing a lot more WODs is an obvious answer. But for those who need a little extra, I put together this simple list of drills which I have found help athletes improve their wods by making them move between many movements with ease, in full range, and with solid technique. [...]

Simple drills to improve front rack position mobility

By | 2017-03-23T23:27:45+00:00 July 14th, 2016|Mobility, Recovery|

Front rack position mobility is critical for movements including front squats, thrusters, overhead pressing, and jerks. I'll take you through our 6 favourite front rack mobility drills. These drills are primarily to improve thoracic spine extension and to improve flexibility in the lats.   THORACIC EXTENSION WITH BARBELL You'll need a large foam roller, and a [...]

Top 5 CrossTraining drills for lifters

By | 2017-03-23T23:27:46+00:00 July 5th, 2016|Olympic Weightlifting|

  Lifting and find yourself ready for the off season? This is our list of top drills for lifters in the off season! Drill #1 Snatch press (behind the neck) This is a great drill for mobility of the hips and back, not to mention shoulder stability and strength! Place a bar behind your neck, [...]

How to use GVT to blow your plateau away

By | 2017-03-23T23:27:46+00:00 June 24th, 2016|Powerlifting, Strongman, Training|

Is GVT for you? Here is how you can make serious gains and using German Volume Training. I’ve learned a lot about German volume Training recently as we looked at ways of changing the randomness of CrossFit training routines into a structured and progressive program. GVT, or also called progressive volume training, was developed and [...]

Foam Rolling: before or after training?

By | 2016-07-08T16:28:14+00:00 June 20th, 2016|Recovery|

This is a simple enough argument which was first brought to my attention by my osteopath. Should we be foam rolling before or after training?   Like most of us, I didn’t think it made a huge difference. I was initially taught to foam roll before I trained to work out the knots and tightness [...]

Air Bike AKA Satan’s Tricycle

By | 2017-03-23T23:27:46+00:00 December 2nd, 2015|Training|

An Air Bike Is Arguably The Best Total Body Conditioning Tool You can find very few machines in a CrossFit box, rowing machines are often a staple, but more and more gyms are outfitting their facilities with Air Bikes. These suckers were initially developed for seniors with limited mobility. But don't let that fool you, [...]

Rowing 5 Reasons Why It’s The Best Cardio You Can Do

By | 2017-03-23T23:27:46+00:00 November 26th, 2015|Training|

Winter is coming. At Bells of Steel, we want to help make sure you are getting the most out of your training at this particular time of year. We have all had the misfortune of encountering the great killer of a good workout; time. Try as we might, some days just don't go as planned, [...]

The Importance of Foam Rolling

By | 2017-03-23T23:27:46+00:00 October 15th, 2015|Mobility, Recovery|

Have you ever felt so sore that it seemed like every muscle in your body is riddled with knots? Knots can be a nuisance, for sure, but are especially annoying when they're causing you pain. Often, the first move people make when they realize they need to get “rid” of their muscle knots is to [...]

Strength Training For Runners

By | 2017-03-23T23:27:47+00:00 August 6th, 2015|Running, Training|

Running get's a real bum rap in the strength training community these days. Lots of articles shaming those who run for fitness. But the fact is a lot of people love it. Seems like every week there's a 5K or marathon going on. So rather than hate on those passionate about exercising, I wanted to [...]

Strength Training At Home: 5 Best Pieces of Equipment for Under $100

By | 2015-11-20T22:26:19+00:00 July 23rd, 2015|Tips, Training|

Most people I’ve met who workout either fall into one of 2 categories; 1. The vast majority go to a gym or some formal classes/atmosphere 2. The minority who work out at home. Both have their pro’s and con’s, but something a lot of people don't realize is that they don’t need to be mutually [...]

Should You Workout When You’re Sick?

By | 2017-03-23T23:27:47+00:00 July 6th, 2015|Recovery, Tips|

For the dedicated lifter, nothing brings on more guilt and anxiety then having a cold. The fear of missing a few workouts that you illogically think will destroy your gains, and shrivel your muscles into a raisin-esque stature. Then, of course, there's the feeling that you need to power through it and quit being a [...]

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