Food Hygiene 101

01 Apr

At Central Athlete, we maintain a range of clients with a variety of goals. Most of the goals our clients have are directly related to altering their body composition. While the nutritional prescri...

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Are You Actually Injured?

25 Mar

At Central Athlete, clients come to us with a wide range of fitness goals. Some individuals want to lose weight, get stronger, or get out of pain. Generally, though, most of our clients simply want...

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A Systematic Approach to Learning the Jerk

18 Mar

In Olympic weightlifting competitions, the clean and jerk combines two movements to lift the barbell from the ground to overhead. Historically, the clean and jerk can win or lose a competition. In ...

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A Systematic Approach to Learning the Clean

04 Mar

In Olympic weightlifting competitions, the clean and jerk combines two movements to lift the barbell from the ground to overhead. Historically, the clean and jerk can win or lose a competition. Whi...

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Becoming a More Resilient Human

25 Feb

All of us experience stress throughout life, whether it’s intentional physical stress in the gym, the unintentional stress of everyday life, or the major stresses of an accident or illness. In orde...

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Turning a Problem Into a Revenue Stream

17 Feb

All of the best entrepreneurs have one thing in common - they solve a real problem that their customers are experiencing. When Jesse and Amanda embarked on the journey of opening Central Athlete, t...

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5 Things I Learned On My Quest To Qualify For the Boston Marathon

11 Feb

One of the best things about fitness is that so much of what we learn in the gym (or on the trails, or the roads, or wherever we spend our time) can be applied to life outside of the gym. I spent t...

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Food Logging: A Valuable Tool

04 Feb

There are many ways to alter one’s body composition. With the consistent implementation of simple & effective basic lifestyle guidelines, one can achieve healthy and sustainable levels of body ...

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A Systematic Approach to Learning the Snatch

28 Jan

Olympic Weightlifting is undoubtedly one of the most difficult and oldest olympic sports to date. It consists of only two movements: the snatch and the clean and jerk. The former being a movement i...

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How to Kick Stress Eating to the Curb

21 Jan

2020 proved to be one of the most stressful years in recent memory. Many individuals developed habits to cope with all of the uncertainty, ranging from positive activities such as regularly exercis...

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The 5 Most Impactful Books We've Read on Health and Fitness

14 Jan

Central Athlete puts a big emphasis on striving for growth, for our clients and for our staff. One way that the coaches do that is through weekly education meetings where they review program design...

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The Benefits of Nasal Breathing for Health and Performance

16 Dec

How often do you breathe with your mouth open? Is it agape right now while you’re reading this? Or are you breathing deeply into your belly, using your diaphragm, while your lips are pursed shut? T...

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Poliquin Principles: A Review

10 Dec

The late Charles Poliquin was a legendary coach and expert in the field of nutrition and strength training. His principles still influence coaches and athletes today. In the third edition of his bo...

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6 Ways to Stay on Track During the Holidays

03 Dec

While the holidays will certainly look a little different this year, the struggles people have will remain the same (and may even be exacerbated by not being able to be with family.) How can you st...

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3 Training Hacks to Increase Your Bench Press

19 Nov

There’s always been one question that regularly makes its way around every gym: “How much can you bench?” So much so that Mark Bell created his entire company off of that one question. It’s a quest...

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Jesse O’Brien’s 12 Habits For Longevity, Mental Acuity and a Lean Physique

12 Nov

I’m a father, husband, and business owner and as anyone else who has several priorities on their plate knows, balancing health and fitness becomes a challenging thing to do consistently. This is wh...

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How Personalized Fitness Supports a High-Performance Lifestyle

29 Oct

From jazzercise to Zumba to the growth of CrossFit and SoulCycle, fitness trends rise and fall every few years. As we learn more about how the human body works and what drives behavior change, soci...

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3 Ways to Reduce Body Fat

21 Oct

When it comes to changing one’s body composition, there are a few variables that an individual can manipulate to elicit the changes they’d like to see. Although one’s basic lifestyle guidelines are...

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The Fastest Proven Way to Meal Prep

14 Oct

Setting up your environment for success is one of the underpinning habits that lead to favorable body composition changes, mental acuity, and optimal energy management. Do you have convenient acces...

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What The Fitness Industry Keeps Getting Wrong

08 Oct

The fitness industry has grown into a multi-billion-dollar industry over the last decade, primarily due to an increase in technology through wearables and products, as well as an increase in the di...

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5 Unconventional Uses of the Reverse Hyper

30 Sep

The Reverse Hyper is a piece of exercise equipment that was designed and invented by powerlifter, strength coach, inventor, and author, Louie Simmons. After breaking his back in 1973, surgeons want...

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5 Reasons Diets Don't Work

24 Sep

The holiday season is coming up, and soon everyone will be devising New Year's Resolutions. One of the most popular resolutions year after year is to lose weight. While that 30-day diet or two-week...

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The Pitfalls of Fast-Tracking Your Fitness Journey

17 Sep

For most people, setting a new goal is exciting. It’s motivating and gets them to take action towards something they want. Oftentimes it’s the impetus for people to begin their fitness journey; the...

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5 Exercises to Improve Shoulder Mobility

09 Sep

In the world of 2020, humanity has developed a plethora of struggles like spending long periods in chairs, looking at various screens for hours, and chronic lack of sleep. With the development of m...

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How Soreness Plays a Part in Your Fitness Journey

27 Aug

At Central Athlete, we have clients who come to us with varying goals. Some individuals want to lose weight, get stronger, or get out of pain. Generally, though, most of our clients simply want to ...

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4 Reasons That Coaches Need A Coach

20 Aug

This is a guest post written by Central Athlete client and River City Strength Coach Dan Jackson.  Of all the successful people you look up to, how many have achieved high levels of health and weal...

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Is a Plant-Based Diet Right For You?

13 Aug

Nutrition is a dogmatic subject, with each diet’s devotees being the victims of tribalist tendencies. At Central Athlete we consider ourselves nutritionally agnostic. While one diet may work well f...

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Why Community is Essential For Success

06 Aug

Social support is defined as the perception and actuality that one is cared for, has assistance available from other people, and most popularly, that one is part of a supportive social network. Sci...

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Measuring Success Without a Scale

29 Jul

Maria started training at a new gym and decided to weigh herself after a month of working out. She stepped on the scale and saw that her weight had not changed and took this as a sign of stagnation...

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How to Maximize Post-Workout Nutrition

22 Jul

The fitness industry is guilty of giving a one-size-fits-all prescription to the masses on everything from supplements to nutrition to workouts. Maximizing the benefits of post-workout nutrition is...

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