Author: Brian Terpak

  • Cardi-NO: A Strength Based approach to Building Cardio

    I’ve been running since I was 13 and find great joy in it.   For some people, however, running and other “cardio” type activities are about as appealing as peeling nails off one’s fingers. Strength and power are crucial to staving off the effects of aging and building a body that is strong, durable, and…

  • Client Spotlight: Ethan Predmore

    Truth be told, Ethan Predmore didn’t really enjoy training at Steelworks Strength Systems when he started. Gyms had traditionally been places of intimidation and confusion for him and to just dive in and try something was not Ethan’s style. However after trying a free class and a enrolling in his trial membership, Ethan knew he…

  • Training with Intention matters. Here’s Why.

    Does your training have focus? Does it include variation AND consistency? Do you know how you workouts are benefiting AND costing you? There are a lot of variables that go into designing a training program. Chances are you don’t have the time or desire to think about them. Better leave it Steelworks Strength Systems to…

  • Adding “confusion” to your strength traning is nonsense. Here’s why.

    Muscle confusion isn’t an effective long term strategy for athletic development and improved fitness and health. After all, strength training is brain training. The brain controls how the muscles move. And if the brain doesn’t practice a pattern, more neural connections can’t be made with the muscle. Less neural connections means less ability to fire…

  • Low back pain got you down?  Do this 3 minutes a day and start feeling better!

    Chances are you are probably sitting down at a desk while you are reading this. Chances are you might also be one of the 65 million Americans who have reported an occurrence of low back pain. Being in pain sucks, doesn’t it?   Having that dull achy low back pain sucks even more. We can…

  • Harder Ain’t Better:  Why Working Out Shouldn’t Be So Difficult

    You’ve signed up for a membership at your local Bootcamp/CrossFit/Orange Theory/High Intensity Training program and you are ready to get fit! You’ve done the machines and free weights at the local gym but don’t feel like you are getting anything out of it. This time, you tell yourself, it’s going to be different.   You’ve…

  • Best exercises for a strong and toned core?  The answers might surprise you.

    You’ve hit the gym pretty consistently. Food intake is on point. Stress management is dialed in. Still…. That belly fat just won’t disappear… You feel yourself getting somewhat stronger. But you aren’t really satisfied with your results overall. After six months the results you’d hoped for are….lackluster. And this is after you’ve added more situps,…

  • Transform the Gym into a Place of Success.  Here’s how.

    After so many failed attempts at getting a fitness routine right, here you are looking for a way to finally get in shape…again. It ain’t like you’ve tried, however. You’ve walked into a number of gyms, but…. There are so many exercises….which one’s chisel my arms? So many routines to experiment….is 10 minutes of super…

  • Lincoln wasn’t an instant success. You don’t have to be either.

    As we all know Abraham Lincoln ran for elected office in the Illinois State Legislature in 1832 and lost, officially ending his political career. He returned back home where by day he was a well known lawyer, and by night, a savage vampire hunter… — If you were a student in my American History class…

  • Valentine’s Day Special, Coach Sage + CSCS, February Social, and More News!

    Greetings, friend! We are closing in on the end of week 1 of our new training block and I hope you’ve been feeling great from the workouts! Keep reading below to learn about some news and upcoming events both inside and outside the gym in the next few weeks and months! Sage Dovale: Certified Strength…