Broken FitBit’s and Weight Loss Plateaus.

Ah, weight loss. The most frustrating two words since “bed time” that your parents used to say five minutes into your favourite television show on a school night. I don’t recall at least one week going by without one of my clients or members talking to me in some capacity about their weight loss goals, expressing their frustration with the slow-changes, asking for additional work … Continue reading Broken FitBit’s and Weight Loss Plateaus.

Training with a Purpose

Alright guys, I’ve been MIA for a few weeks battling the flu and some other things, but we’re officially back online! For today’s blog, I have a bone to pick. And it isn’t pretty. Too often I see facilities and trainers running their clients through rep schemes and exercises that are just down right absurd. They hold ZERO merit, other than the fact that they elicit severe … Continue reading Training with a Purpose

3 Bulgarian Split Squat Coaching Cues

The Bulgarian Split Squat is an excellent exercise for developing single leg stability and strength under an axial load. Unfortunately, a lot of people perform them incorrectly, and often times even the most subtle corrections can go a long way. While these may not seem like drastic, life-altering cues (or perhaps, they may even go uncorrected in most facilities because they don’t look excruciatingly ugly … Continue reading 3 Bulgarian Split Squat Coaching Cues

The Forgotten Rule: Scapular Stability before Force Production

In the fitness world, there is a dictionary full of unwritten rules that should be known amongst all gym-goers. Some of the more common ones you should probably know (if you haven’t heard already) are: Never do bicep curls in the squat rack. Don’t post videos of god-awful deadlift technique unless you want to get ridiculed. Don’t skip leg day. Don’t be that guy who keeps … Continue reading The Forgotten Rule: Scapular Stability before Force Production

THE Ultimate Negative Connotation: Children and Weights

As you can see from the title of the post, this topic has to do with THE ultimate negative connotation that we see in our profession. THE one question we get asked time and time again by parents of the youth that we train: “should my child really be lifting weights? What about stunting their growth? I really don’t feel comfortable seeing them lift, shouldn’t … Continue reading THE Ultimate Negative Connotation: Children and Weights

How Starbucks Coffee Improved My Skills as a Strength and Conditioning Coach

Being a strength and conditioning coach isn’t all sunshine and roses. We often work long days, and sacrifice a lot of family-work life balance in the process. A regular day for us here at Redline begins with a 5am wakeup call, a completely random and scattered break (usually mid-day, somewhere in the 11am-2pm time frame) and then late nights (until 9pm-10pm, depending on the day). … Continue reading How Starbucks Coffee Improved My Skills as a Strength and Conditioning Coach

Hello World!

Welcome to Coach Ian Schnarr’s blog! Coach Ian is the Director of Performance and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Redline Conditioning (in Kitchener, Ontario), and also the Head Strengh and Conditioning Coach of the Elmira Sugar Kings Jr. B Hockey Club. Redline is the Strength and Conditioning Provider to the Kitchener Rangers (OHL), Kitchener Dutchmen (Jr. B), NHL, AHL, OHL athletes, Kitchener Minor Baseball, … Continue reading Hello World!