Author: Peter

Personal trainer specializing in functional strength and weight loss, serving northern NJ. Husband, father, cross-country ski racer, trail runner, road rider, writer, gardener.

Movement Prep: Pre-Workout Essential

Movement prep is the cutting edge concept to getting the most out of your workout and reducing injury risk. Back in the day, walking on the treadmill passed as a warmup, and even accomplished some movement prep goals.  But while…

Hip Mobility Strategies

One of my colleagues, a competitive wakeboarder and snowboarder, is challenged with poor hip mobility. In this video, I give him three drills to improve his hip mobility. Like snowboarding, golf and tennis are rotational sports  If you have unexplained…

Fahnestock Winter Park 7th Annual Ski Swap

(press release from Fahnestock Winter Park) With a chill in the air, and leaves covering the Fahnestock Winter Park trails, it is time for Hudson Valley’s xc ski and snowshoe enthusiasts to gear up for the upcoming Nordic season. The…

Hill Bounding Builds Explosive Strength

Hill bounding is a useful addition to one’s training repertoire.  As winter approaches, it’s time to ramp up intensity.  If you’re a runner or skier, you need explosive strength.  Hill bounding will turn your gym strength – you have been hitting…

Professionalism and the Personal Trainer

After lifting this morning at my local gym [N.B. NOT a place I work at], I couldn’t help but write about professionalism.  As I went through my workout, a personal trainer was working with a client nearby. While the client…

Climb to the Castle in the Clouds

Sunday was the tenth anniversary of the Climb to the Castle (C2C), the forbidding roller ski race up the Whiteface Mountain toll road in Wilmington, NY. It wasn’t my worst race, but it was far from my best. Those who…

Lateral Step Ups: Functional Strength

Lateral step ups are an awesome functional strength move. As a skier I find them especially useful training the vastus lateralis, which is front and center when you’re skate skiing.  Whether in sport or life, our world isn’t linear.  Movement…

Ampersand Mountain and Beyond

This weekend, Ampersand Mountain in Adirondacks was my Saturday goal. With the Climb to the Castle, the fearsome roller ski race up the Whiteface toll road, looming on Sunday, I wanted to hike something fun, but not so big that I’d…