Author - Shem

How To Build The “Tear Drop” In Your Quads

The famous quad tear drop! It is an important piece of a fully developed set of quads and a visible sign that maybe your legs cry on leg day. The tear drop nick name comes from the visible shape of the muscle. The tear drop is properly known as the Vastus Medialis Obliquus (VMO). Many physical therapists will work on the VMO primarily after knee surgery as they point to atrophy and the importance of the VMO in patella [...]

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Gains Are At Steak With Clem Mikeska’s

At first glance you might think you are not allowed to park in the lot of Clem Mikeska’s unless you own a truck. The parking lot is packed with full size American trucks and mostly with logos accompanies by “Texas Edition” or something of the like. All this horsepower I know there are gains in here! Clem Mikeska’s is pit B-B-Q and steakhouse joint that might have you believe they procure their own game by the looks of the [...]

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Build Better Knees INFOGRAPHIC

Massage, mobility, strength and form. This infographic covers a bit of everything related to removing knee pain. What I find most interesting is that all the pieces that make for healthy knees are ones that most everyone knows, but really many neglect. You fill find this especially true of bodybuilders. Powerlifters tend to spend much more time warming up where a bodybuilder’s warm up is their first set. Crossfit is another story entirely. These athletes tend to spend time [...]

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Big Butts Save Knees

At first glance it may not be obvious exactly what impact your glutes have on your knees. Really all the muscles in your body work in harmony to keep your boney ass from falling to the floor. Knee pain is quite common especially among lifters. We do well to investigate what muscles specifically play a role and how we can strengthen them. Besides, who does not want a great backside these days? Whether you are striking a back double [...]

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Breakfast Cheat Will Break PR’s In The Gym, But Not Your Bank Account

I nearly missed out on this little gem, because I was quick to judge a book by the cover. From the outside El Taco Jalisco appears to be a small shack on a corner lot not much bigger than the building itself. Every parking spot was taken and even the street was full. I had no desire to be eating elbow to elbow with anyone nor did I want to wait long, so I was ready to move on. [...]

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Wearing Knee Sleeves for chest day???

Omni Compression Knee Sleeves are designed to be used in powerlifting and bodybuilding applications. They will typically be used on leg day or for compound movements like the squat or deadlift. Here I use them on my elbows for my pressing movements. The 7mm Neoprene sleeve provides a thermal compression and support for the elbow joint to assist with injury prevention and aid in recovery. The stability the sleeve provides helps me to power through even when I feel a [...]

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Improve Balance While Fatigued To Increase Performance Of Squat And Deadlift

A study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports found that by wearing a knee sleeve while fatigued, joint position senses were significantly enhanced.(1) Joint position senses is a concept known as proprioception. Proprioception is the sense of the relative position of one’s own parts of the body and strength of effort being employed in movement. All coordinated movement depends on proprioception. Elite level movements in sport such as pushing for record setting lifts require an elite level body [...]

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4 Reasons To Wear Knee Sleeves When Training Legs

In a day and age when there are literally millions of products available to help you build more muscle and get that ripped hard body you always dreamed about, how can you know what you really need? Your joints feel strong and healthy, does that mean you shouldn’t ever use a knee sleeve? The following four reasons were actually the driving force that found us beginning our product line with a cutting edge knee sleeve.   Injury Prevention – Lifting is [...]

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Omni Compression Launches 7mm Neoprene Knee Sleeves;

Is there relief ahead for weary knees? As Omni Compression brings their first compression product to market, athletes and weekend warriors everywhere are training harder than ever. As the fitness industry grows nearly 5% year over year more people are entering the world of weightlifting. As lifting heavy weights can quickly take a toll on joints, injury prevention and recovery are as crucial as performance. “Joint support is most crucial in those moments when you are pushing your limits.” Shem Swerkes, [...]

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This Snug Burger Joint Was The Highlight Of Our Medford Oregon Trip

We are always appreciative of a good burger joint. We do have our favorites, but there is still a special feeling when you find a new spot that makes a good burger. A burger maybe a little different than what you are a custom too, but a burger that makes you want to go back for more. We found Jasper’s Cafe after thumbing through Yelp on our iPhones for all of about 2 seconds. This place stood out, because it [...]

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