All Articles & Reviews by
Justin Andrushko

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Justin Andrushko is currently attending the University of British Columbia where he is studying Human Kinetics. He is a certified Specialist in Strength and Conditioning through the ISSA, and plays Running Back for the UBC Thunderbirds. He played high school football for the Ballenas Whalers where he was named the Conference and Provincial All-Star Teams’ Offensive MVP. He still holds all school records in scoring and rushing yards. Away from the field Justin has spent time as a guest coach at several football camps and clinics.

Justin blogs over at Andrushko's Training Program, and can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Swing by.

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A Word of Advice for Training : The Importance of Fundamentals

Understanding the basics.

Understanding the basics.

A Critical Analysis: Reaction Ball

Very interesting tool.

Nike SPARQ eyeReact Ball
Nike SPARQ eyeReact Ball.
There are several reaction balls on the market today that all do the same thing, however, I have chosen the most commonly known one for the analysis. The Nike SPARQ eyeReact Ball.

Psychological Training in the Gym Part 2

This article is kind of the second step in mental training for competition in sport or anything you pursue. In my first article I touched base on how to train your mind through the use of training spaces. This practice eventually conditions the mind to amp up to optimal intensities in whatever setting you train it to be active in. Once you learn to achieve this first step you can learn to apply it to any scenario in life. Also in order to build off of this I will now introduce you to the mind set and belief of mental and physical excellence. The principle sounds simple, you have probably heard it a million times before, but not many people buy in and choose to actually believe and live in this power.

Psychological Training in the Gym Part 1

Training Space.

How many times have you been on a team or watching a sport as a fan and seen that one crazy guy on the sidelines hitting his head, yelling, jumping, and basically hyperventilating, getting pumped up for the game? There is a right and wrong time to turn on this high intensity and a right and wrong time to turn it off.

Lift Fast, Lift Strong

The benefits of lifting fast.

A brief breakdown of the benefits of lifting fast.

Innovative Training : Band Suspended Weight

Not just for bench.

Frank and John
Band Suspended Weight.
Justin takes a look at a great style of training - band suspended work. Excellent.

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