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! WARNING ! Not All Headlines Tell The Whole Story!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Nate VanKouwenberg, MA, CFSC, USAW

Patrick Kane is off to an amazing start this year and credits how he feels to his off-season preparation! This is a huge W for Kane and for his trainer Ian Mack! BUT, instead of validating the importance of quality training methods, this Men’s Health headline pushes kids and parents away from what they really need. What if the headline read, “Kane Credits Early Success To Off-Season Training” Same article, but much different message. We’ve already had several people send us this article asking how we feel about Kane’s off-season program. So, let’s dive in and clear the air.



Thursday, December 13, 2018
Kurtis Bednarcyk, CFSC

Without a doubt the most common excuse for a lack of daily movement is “not enough time.” I could go on at length about the absurdity of such a statement (see image above), but it’s the holidays and somehow I feel willing to give the benefit of the doubt. Honestly, it doesn’t take much experience to rack your brain and come up with a few equipment free minutes that are safe, feel good, and challenge you appropriately - that’s not even to mention the infinity-paged socialized healthcare manual that is accessible to anyone with an internet connection (if you’re reading this…). But, I’ve always prided myself on providing a superior service. So if you need a recipe, not to worry; here it is in all its glory:

5 minute option!

My Training at 31

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Kurtis Bednarcyk, CFSC

On Thursday of this week, I’ll officially be IN my 30s! Let me be clear right off the bat, age is merely a number and has little bearing on who an individual is, but as I enter the home stretch of my 31st round trip I can say with certainty that Father Time stops for no one!


Hip Hinge 101 Workshop

Friday, March 10, 2017
Joseph Aratari, CFSC, CPT

Hip Hinge Workshop

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting the Hip Hinge 101 Workshop! It will take place here at Next Level Strength & Conditioning on Saturday, April 29.

This workshop is presented by Matthew Ibrahim and Dr. Zak Gabor. Their hybrid team approach provides attendees with the insight of both a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Strength & Conditioning Coach, through a hands-on practical workshop.

Attendees will walk away with the necessary tools to better treat, train, and coach their clients in a collaborative sports medicine and performance team setting with respect to deadlift training and hip hinge-based exercises.

Why Your Daughter NEEDS Strength & Conditioning

Friday, February 3, 2017
Joseph Aratari, CFSC, CPT

1) Increased self-esteem
2) Lifelong habits
3) Er...this isn't going as planned...

Ok. Change of script..Deal with this longer post. This is important stuff.

As a strength coach at the high school level as well as the private sector, I was recently inspired to write about WHY young girls NEED strength & conditioning. Check out this awesome post that also triggered my inspiration by Tony Gentilcore "Why Women Should Embrace The Bigness".

What is Oxidative Stress, and what can you do about it?

Friday, November 4, 2016
Corey Evans B.S., CSCS, CISSN, USATF Level I

Regular exercise has been proven, in most circumstances, to improve health and prolong a person’s overall quality of living. There are many benefits from exercise that have been shown to occur time and time again; some even occur as soon as exercises is starts! However, one not-so-talked-about detriment from exercise is known as Exercise Induced Oxidative Stress.

This is not the same stress that is experienced during a hectic day at work, or deciding between chocolate cake now, or a beach body later. Exercise induced oxidative stress results in inflammation, and is our bodies immunological response to muscle fatigue, damage, and exercise. It is actually very similar to the response to injuries, like muscle strains and tendon ruptures, only to a lesser degree.

Stiff, painful neck?

Thursday, November 3, 2016
Nate VanKouwenberg, MA, CFSC, USAW

Stiff, painful neck? Tingling down your arm? Forward head posture from sitting at your desk or looking at your phone all day? Check out the neck reconditioning and postural maintenance series below! # Due to an epic ATV fail this summer, I found out what an actual pain in the neck feels like. What started off as stiffness and lack of mobility progressively turned into jolting pains, numbness in my arm/ hand and pulsating aches that started to affect my day to day. After a few appointments for soft tissue work/ cervical traction and 2 cortisone shots, I’m feeling much better!

Kettlebell Swaps by Coach @ericdoanpt

Monday, October 24, 2016
Joseph Aratari, CFSC, CPT

Coach @ericdoanpt killing It --- Kettlebell Swaps Preparing your feet should be one of the first things you do before any workout, especially if you're doing any lower body training. Jumping, running, squatting, or any other athletic movement requires the ankle and foot musculature to fire correctly. If the ankle is not stable, the rest of your body is not stable. --- Kettlebell Swaps challenge your feet to appropriately respond by creating instability. As the weight passes between hands, the ankle must fight to resist collapsing.