Let's get this out of the way: We cyclists are terrible athletes.   Yes, the best among us have amazing aerobic engines and can guide a bicycle up a steep alpine pass at incredible speeds, but when it comes to true athleticism, we stink. ...
(Source: Bev Childress)   So you’re thinking about starting CrossFit? Or at least your friend keeps telling you all about it. But you’re pretty skeptical. After all, “it’s dangerous” and “everyone gets adrenal fat ...
  For decades, fat was the villain of the nutritional world. Read any diet manual or guide to healthy eating from before the early 2000s, and you'll find recommendations to eat low-fat foods, even if those foods contain sugar. Thankfully, m ...
  I can’t lie. When Breaking Muscle asked me to review “Movement Matters” by biomechanist Katy Bowman, I had a fanboy moment. As soon as I gathered myself, I pulled out my copy and re-read it. It’s even better the second time ...
Positional and mechanical improvement:   Rotational/ lateral movement drills, lifts, and swings   Beginner/ Intermediate: Medicine ball throw, mace front pendulum and back pendulum, mace shovel, kettlebell Figure-8   Advanced: Mace 360, 1 ...
  When I started out in practice, around twenty years ago, a few things were tantamount to being sacred in nutrition. One was that you must eat breakfast, another was that you must eat at least five small meals per day. But nowadays, meal timing and ...
  When it comes to various training modalities, there is often a clear categorization between powerlifter, bodybuilder, or CrossFitter. It is understandable how a trainee can get roped into singular training for the sake of competition, or for the p ...
  Multiple studies have proven that physical activity during formative years (0-18) can have life-long effects on overall health. Children who are active from preschool through college tend to have fewer health problems as they age, even when they r ...
Today I’m going to go over the five things needed to run a successful CrossFit competition.   I’ve run many competitions, big and small, since 2009—from the WOD Gear Team Series at The Rose Bowl to last weekend’s Valentines&rs ...
This week I am at the USA Masters Weightlifting Championships in Savannah, Georgia. Masters Weightlifting is for 35 year olds and over. My athlete, Laurie Nelson, is going for gold in the W70 Class A competition at the age of 72. She is already the US nat ...
Power clean:   2 x 3 (up to) @ 90% of 2RM 2 x 5 @ 75% 1 x 9 @ (up to) 75%   Rest as needed between sets. If sets require interruption, make a minor weight adjustment and continue. Today, weight for final set of 9 is determined by the succe ...
Day 2 of 3: Week 1 A: Take 5 minutes to practice kicking up into a handstand against the wall.  Make sure you alternate between the right and left leg kicking up at least 10 times per side.     B:   For time: &n ...
The new year has come and gone, and we've all made our usual resolutions to lose weight, eat healthier, get in shape, and work out more. The problem is, those resolutions are pretty darned hard to keep. If they were easy, we'd have already been do ...
This year I turn 47 years old. It’s pretty hard for me to get my head around this number, when deep down inside I still feel like I'm in my 20s—but the numbers don’t lie. When I was training in my 30s, I never gave a second thought t ...
I have some chronic joint issues and so I was eager to try Cobrazol products. My only hesitation was that they contain snake venom. But, having used these products on and off for a few months now, I feel confident about delivering my final verdict.   ...
  The last time I wrote about training for real-world self-defense, I upset a few martial arts practitioners. But the evidence for my message is obvious: all you have to do is watch actual footage of people involved in violent conflict to see ...
Violence is bigger than all of us. Just as we will never understand people fully, we can never understand a subject as convoluted and complex as violence.   Unless you’ve been exposed to a lot of violence, your training will be subjective. Most ...