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  • Teaching is an Art

    By Doug Chapman | In Crossfit Training | on December 18, 2014

    There is no performance without teaching.  It is not what the teacher teaches; it is what the student learns.  If you claim to have all of the skills and all of the knowledge, but maintain an ineffective way of conveying your concepts, then you are a legend in your own mind. Teaching – or instructing, […]

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  • Maximize Your Off-Season

    By Marisa Inda | In Mentality, Powerlifting | on December 16, 2014

    If you’ve ever competed, you know the feeling that comes after a meet: the pressure is gone, the excitement of meeting or exceeding goals has waned, and the hoopla has passed. But now what? If you don’t have any future meet plans, you enter a phase some people hate – the dreaded off-season.  It’s easy […]

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  • Powerlifting. Olympic lifting. Strongman. These are sports synonymous with strength. The competitors are sometimes people who are very athletic. The trick is to focus on the things that bridge the gap between being entirely specialized to squat many hundreds of pounds and the ability to move around well (and with strength) in many ranges of […]

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  • The Power of Expectation

    By Greg Panora | In Mentality, Powerlifting | on December 14, 2014

    I believe we are in total control of how strong we become. It is a mind game that you’re either going to win or lose. A few months ago, I had a friend say, “We aren’t trying to be world record-holders.” My answer back: “I promise you never will be.” That is a guy who […]

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  • “You are being lied to.” I remember seeing that quote on Jim Wendler’s website once referencing the abundant fads and fallacies of the fitness world. Perhaps more so than any other industry, the fitness and strength community is rife with numerous quick fix, shortcut solutions that may offer some short-term relief but eventually fall short […]

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  • Everything You Need to Know About Recovering

    By Michael Israetel | In Recovery, Training | on December 9, 2014

    In order for training to be effective, an overload must be presented. Training must be chronically harder, longer, and more demanding in some way as it progresses within months, years, and even at the career level. But while hard training is a must, it comes with one major side effect: cumulative fatigue. Rather than just […]

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  • Social media sites have created an explosion of videos from everyone and their stepsister showing just how great they are doing in the gym. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s a great way for people to showcase development and achievements to friends and family. The problems come when people claim achievements they just haven’t […]

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  • 1.  3 All-Time Strength Badasses You Need To Know About by Chad Wesley Smith If you’re a strength athlete, you need to respect the history of your sport.  This article talks about three of the all-time greats that many people have forgotten about with time.   2. When Carbs Fight Back by Nick Shaw Carbs […]

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  • 5 Movement and Mobility Tips for CrossFitters

    By Dr. Quinn Henoch | In Crossfit Training, Mobility | on December 1, 2014

    Earlier this month, I was given the opportunity to present and coach at a weekend training camp for competitive exercisers. Doug Chapman, coach and owner of HyperFit USA in Ann Arbor, Michigan, hosted the camp. I was asked to present on self-assessments for movement and mobility improvement and to also lead the athletes through some […]

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  • Cyber Monday Specials

    By Juggernaut | In Training | on December 1, 2014

    New Winter Apparel Juggernaut has stepped up its apparel game with its new Winter Collection. Check out our high quality brand new Hoodies, Thermals, Zip Hoodies and Beanies for Men and Women. Look great and stay warm during cold winter training in this new gear! Plus get 15% off All Apparel (except Kilos for Heroes […]

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  • Dmitry Klokov is a true strength icon. Transcending his country, continent and sport, Klokov is synonymous with intensity, power and success. Dmitry is the 2005 World Championship Gold Medalist and 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist in the 105kg class, owning PRs of 196kg in the snatch, 232kg in the clean & jerk for a 428kg total. […]

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  • 10 Drills to Improve Bottom Position

    By Lee Winer | In Olympic Weightlifting | on November 30, 2014

    The dreaded bottom position. It both makes and breaks Olympic Weightlifters. Understanding how to maximize your bottom position in the snatch or clean based on your anthropometry is crucial to increasing the weights you can lift overhead. Whether you are dealing with a flexibility/stability, anxiety, footwork, or strength concern, I can tell you with confidence […]

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  • Get Stronger and Faster with the French Contrast Method

    By Miguel Aragoncillo | In Sports Training, Training | on November 29, 2014

    My purpose of divulging the use of the French Contrast Method (FCM) is to improve rate of force development (RFD) according to the athlete’s demands.  The specific example I’m utilizing here involves improving vertical jump scores using a Vertec Jump Training System.  1. Potentiation training is a tool that can be utilized to enhance your […]

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  • Snatch 101

    By Colin Burns | In Olympic Weightlifting | on November 27, 2014

    Colin Burns in one of the best in the business, both as an athlete (reigning 94kg USAW National Champion) and coach.  Learn how he coaches a lifter through the snatch, from start to finish. Get the Free JTS Olympic Lifting Manual * indicates required Email Address * Colin Burns is a 94kg Weightlifter based out […]

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  • 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, […]

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  • “Intensity is the independent variable most commonly associated with optimizing return.” This view has long been held in the CrossFit community. But often – especially with competitors – intensity is applied with impunity, and no thought is given to gauging it to be appropriate within the context of an athlete’s long-term goals. By my estimation, […]

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  • Lose Your Focus, Lose Your Edge

    By Doug Chapman | In Mentality, Training | on November 26, 2014

    Why did you first decide to join a gym? I am willing to wager that it wasn’t to stand around and gossip with the guy next to you while you waited in line to use the next available elliptical. Unfortunately, all too often, that is the mentality that creeps in to even the most reputable […]

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  • 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, […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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