PJ Nestler is a human performance specialist, international speaker, educator, and coach with extensive experience preparing the world’s top athletes for competition. In his 14+ years in the industry, Coach PJ has trained hundreds of athletes from the UFC, NFL, and NHL.
He is highly sought after as an expert speaker and consultant in the areas of performance breathing, combat athlete preparation, mindset, and recovery working with US Military Tier 1 & 2 Special Operations groups, professional sports teams, and executives around the world.
In his current role as the Vice President of Performance at FitLab Inc, he is responsible for building education curriculums and translating the world’s best training systems from iconic athletes into authentic and exciting consumer experiences.
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Strength and conditioning workouts for combat athletes have unique requirements. They should build the fighter’s strength in multiple planes and positions with an emphasis on grip and core strength, shoulder stability, and overall body awareness. Here are five movements that will strengthen you from head to toe, build your rotational power, increase your hip speed, and help you crush your enemies. Assuming you know how to fight.
1. Staggered Alternating Rotational Swing
Learning how to build power from the staggered position will carry over into just about every sport. Combine this with the benefits of the swing which include building glute and core strength, hip speed and power. The added benefit of the rotation will help transfer rotational power which is crucial for every type of combat athlete.
2. Deadstart Rotational Clean
Being able to pull explosively from an off-set position rotationally will come in handy in...
When you’re a high-level athlete where a fraction of difference in your performance can be the difference between silver and gold your training needs to match with incredible specificity and consistent intensity. For the rest of us, it’s important to assess why we're working out and what results we’re looking for. In this world of fitness it’s common for people to draw lines in the sand and designate something as a waste of time. Slow, low intensity cardio, walking, flow, kettlebells, isolation exercises, HIIT, and the list goes on.
What about if you can get better results doing something else? What if all the research indicates that type X cardio will give you what you want at a faster rate than type Y? Most people will go all in at least for a little while. What’s more important is which cardio or type of training will get you results even if it takes a little longer IF it’s something you enjoy and will actually be...
8 Hamstrings Stretches to Boost Your Yoga Practice
Hamstring flexibility plays a major role in your yoga practice development. Many people are after poses, like handstands, that require the posterior chain to be loose enough to achieve those challenging poses.
To access the full movement of your hamstrings, the yoga practice presents a series of increasingly difficult forward folds. Even reaching full boat pose (navasana) when working your core requires hamstring flexibility.
Two key principles are needed in order to safely attempt this movement — how to safely go deeper in your hamstring stretch, and how to relax all of the muscles that surround your hamstring — neither of the two is as easy as it sounds.
Each pose below will target a different area of the back of the legs to help loosen you up.
Most importantly, it’s important to never quickly enter or exit a stretch. Give the pose and your body the respect it deserves, and...
Nutrition can be incredibly confusing.
Especially when you are trying to get specific results, and it doesn’t help that there are a lot of opposing views being marketed to us all of the time.
How do we clear a path to a better you?
As the Education Director for Living.Fit, I give a pretty simple and effective way to create lifelong change in your nutrition, by a small and slow and steady approach.
Marcus Martinez, our Kettlebell Master Coach, gives another incredibly simple way to make effective and easy changes to your nutrition.
Finding what works for you requires some experimentation and tracking. The best diet in the world might not be the best diet for you personally. It’s important to be mindful of the way your body responds to certain foods and meal timing. Even the “healthiest” foods in the world might cause a gut reaction that makes it less optimal for you.
The same goes for meal timing. Fasting is all the rage and has helped many...
Battle Ropes are already intensity in ten cities, but if you are ready to level up with them...check these 5 Variations to Intensify your battle rope training: