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Sports Digest Article Highlight: Intervention - Sports as a Mechanism for Behavior Change

Posted on November 22, 2016 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Sports play a much greater role in our development than we give them credit.  Please check out this short piece I wrote in the Sports Digest to learn more. Intervention: Sports as a Mechanism for Behavior Change.  Thank you!

Stay active, 

Chris Johnson 

Overcoming Health and Wellness Obstacles: Immunity to change

Posted on August 15, 2015 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The main cornerstone of achieving and maintaining a healthy life is establishing long-term habits supporting that purpose. Unfortunately, fate would have it that sometimes our intentions do not manifest into the actual outcome we desire. We have the tendency to take on poor habits interfering with our goal of a healthy life. The most common reason for the occurrences that interfere with our actual outcome mimicking our intentions is “I don’t know.” This lack of knowledge...

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Stay Active: A reminder to live your life like a video game

Posted on December 1, 2014 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

As most have you may have noticed, when I leave my salutation on a blog post or fitness related email I aways write:


Stay active,

Chris Johnson


Stay active is not just another “yours truly, best regards, sincerely” its a reminder to live a fulfilling lifestyle. An active life is a full life and a life filled with enjoyable activities such a...

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Making a Box: Keeping your spine safe while weight lifting

Posted on November 30, 2014 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Making a “box” while lifting is a fundamental yet often overlooked aspect of proper form. The purpose of forming a box is to keep the spine safe while moving loads during variations of the deadlift as well as overhead movements. It is important to make the box part of your routine early on so when weight increases proper form is already embedded in your technique.

(This guy is using a proper box)


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Control your Mood, Control your Life: How mood influences thoughts and inhibits positive actions

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Do you ever have those moments when you can’t get off the couch to go for a run or get out of bed in the morning to get to work? No matter how hard your try, the best you can do is reach over, pick up your phone and check ifunny? Only after a few funny memes online are we finally ready to get out of bed. We all have those moments. When our mood is “blah” and as a result we have no drive. Have you ever wondered why that is? Why regardless of how much you want to get up,...

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Planting The Seed: How to start your gym (or any other) routine

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Have you wanted to start working out at the gym for months or years now but can’t get yourself to do it? Regardless of how much you tell yourself “i’m going as soon as I wake up in the morning.” Or “on the way home I’m stopping at the gym today.” But you never make it. Well, i’m going to tell you how to change that in four simple steps.


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Energy Expenditure: Changes in terrain, changes in energy, changes in sport

Posted on February 9, 2014 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

We live in a society of maximizing efficiency and by producing the greatest results in the least amount of time.  When it comes to our fitness routines, there is no difference.  Every day we log on to our favorite news site (other than Chris’ Blog of course) and see the latest time efficient workout craze, rea...

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Making Realistic Resolutions: Employing systems to attain goals

Posted on December 29, 2013 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

New Year’s Day sets the tone for new beginnings. Not just on the calendar, but in the way we choose to live our life. Every year billions of people make New Year’s resolutions in hopes of improving themselves. Millions of those resolutions sound something like “join a gym, go to the gym more often, see my personal trainer more often.” We all have great intentions when setting our resolutions, but unfortunately, by Valentine’s Day most fitness related resoluti...

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Learning the Barbell Snatch: A barbell snatch progression

Posted on February 7, 2013 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

The barbell snatch is an excellent method for power development. When properly executed it is a great combination of high load and high velocity training for sports that involve power, strength, and/or speed (so just about all sports). Below is a progression I use when training my athletes to teach them the barbell snatch.



1. High Pull x 3

2. Body Squat x 3

3. Overhead Squat x 3

4. Press Under x 3

5. Barbell Snatch x 3


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