• Fix the weak links in your snatch

    By Juggernaut | In Olympic Weightlifting | on November 26, 2014

    Sam Lower Muscle Snatches: Two issues commonly seen with beginners is letting the bar pull away from them in the middle of the pull and losing tension from mid-pull to turnover. The muscle snatch is a great exercise to help correct both of these issues. When the muscle snatch is performed at the proper weight, […]

  • Sam Lower Snatch Push Press and Overhead Squat: This is one of my favorite exercises to build the upper body strength and stability that is required both in the standing and receiving position of the snatch. For me personally, this is a great confidence builder for the snatch. When I get stronger in this exercise, […]

  • 6 Tips for CrossFit Snatch Training

    By Juggernaut | In Olympic Weightlifting | on November 25, 2014

    Jacob Tsypkin: 1. Establish correct technique with the full snatch BEFORE training athletes for high reps in order to ensure that the two skills don’t cross over and make it more difficult to perfect mechanics. 2. In order to practice high rep snatches while still developing technical abilities, use dumbbell and kettlebell snatches instead. As […]

  • The snatch is at the top of the hierarchy of movement complexity. Snatching requires wide ranges of motion across many, many joints. Add to that the very dynamic nature of the lift, as well as the loads involved, and you get a movement that is unequalled in its demands for both stability and mobility. When […]

  • Athletic > Aesthetic

    By Stacey Schaedler | In Iron Woman | on November 20, 2014

    I’ve participated in a number of photo shoots across my career. I’ve been lucky to have been photographed by the same photographer friend over the years; her talent behind the lens has provided a mirror for me, as she has captured me at both my best and worst, mentally and physically. In the past, and […]

  • Wisdom For the Young Gorilla – The Squat

    By Blaine Sumner | In Powerlifting, Squat | on November 17, 2014

    3 Things I Would Have Told my Young Gorilla Self About the Squat In part 1 of this 3 part series I will be discussing what I wish I knew about the squat when I first started lifting. Before I became a full blown Vanilla Gorilla, I was a little monkey with long, skinny femurs […]

  • Periodization for Powerlifting – The Definitive Guide

    By Juggernaut | In Powerlifting | on November 11, 2014

    WE HAVE A PROBLEM WHEN WE TALK ABOUT PROGRAMMING AND PERIODIZATION. We talk about periodization, and various aspects of periodization, as if they’re mutually exclusive. Most people who have spent a lot of time in the coaching game or who know more about formal periodization theory know this is nonsense, but it doesn’t seem like […]

  • Overcoming Failure

    By Marisa Inda | In Iron Woman, Powerlifting | on November 11, 2014

    As a competitive athlete I don’t think there is anything worse than setting goals and not meeting them.  At that moment it can be humbling as well as devastating.  Months of hard work, ice baths, dieting and muscle soreness seemingly for nothing.  For me, this happened in the form of bombing out at a national […]

  • Maximizing Speed and Power Development For Baseball

    By Greg Robins | In Sports Training | on November 9, 2014

    In this article I would like to discuss what I believe to be the optimal approach to speed and power development over a 5–6 month off-season for the professional baseball player.  While the process is always individualized for a given person based on an assessment, the information below can be applied with success to any […]

  • In Part 1 we discussed some of the pros and cons for physique athletes building the foundation of their programming around the “Big 3,” and for some, competing in the sport of powerlifting. Many of the recommendations within this article series will be built upon the foundational principle of managing and progressing training volume long […]

  • A New Approach to Mobility

    By Ryan Brown | In Mobility | on November 5, 2014

    I guess that, a “NEW” approach to mobility may be the wrong way to phrase it. Really, it is all the same damn ideas that everyone has all the time. There is a ton of information out there, and tons of great coaches getting results with a wide array of techniques and theories. What I […]

  • In the age of YouTube, Instagram and the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world of internet fitness, it is easy to forget about many of the trailblazing athletes who helped push the envelope and inspire the lifters of today. As a fan of all things strength, I think it is important to celebrate the history of these sports and […]

  • When Carbs Fight Back

    By Nick Shaw | In Diet | on November 3, 2014

    When Carbs Fight Back Seemingly everywhere on the internet, carbohydrates (carbs) are under attack as being evil, wicked, foul and even sinful. I mean heck, even LeBron James was on a low carb diet. Surely, carbs must be the root of all evil! You have Paleo, the Atkins diet, South Beach and the Zone diet, […]

  • The Shoulder Health Essential By Dr. Quinn Henoch If you regularly put weight over your head – snatch, jerk, overhead press, compete in strongman – this is an article you need to read to keep your shoulders strong and healthy.   There is Only One Type of Periodization By Greg Nuckols and Dr. Mike Israetel […]

  • This is a continuation of THIS article.  If you haven’t read part 1 yet, check it out before diving in. 1.) Choosing the Right Mix of Program Features Now that we’ve managed to illustrate that all programs are simply composed of differing forms of training organization, that all programs use all of these forms to […]

  • There Is Only One Type Of Periodization – Part 1

    By Greg Nuckols | In Powerlifting | on October 29, 2014

    We have a problem when we talk about programming and periodization. We talk about periodization, and various aspects of periodization, as if they’re mutually exclusive. Most people who have spent a lot of time in the coaching game or who know more about formal periodization theory know this is nonsense, but it doesn’t seem like […]

  • This special episode features a roundtable discussion with Olympic Training Center resident weightlifters Colin Burns, Donovan Ford, Anthony Pomponio and David Garcia. Listen Here Get It On iTunes

  • Autoregulating Your Training

    By Juggernaut | In Powerlifting, STRONG360 | on October 28, 2014

    Mike Tuchscherer is one of the most accomplished drug-free powerlifters in the world.  One of the keys to his success is his ability to autoregulate his training, setting records and winning championships in the process. If you’re interested in watching the whole interview, check it out HERE on Strong360. If you aren’t a Strong360 member, […]

  • Do You Really Understand Elite Sport Performance? Sport is all about performance, right? It’s all about how you perform on the field, on the court, in the pool or in the gym. Teams or individuals can produce performance excellence or have performance disasters. Increasingly too, we hear the term ‘high performance’. Although you might hear […]

  • Gregarious Giraffe to Graceful Gazelle

    By Ryan Brown | In Mobility | on October 26, 2014

    I often joke about some of the high school kids I work with looking like “baby giraffes” due to the lack of control they have of their body. Mobility, defined as “capable of moving or being moved readily,” is going to be the most important factor in your ability to execute your training effectively. If […]

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