Athlete Journal: Chris Duffin, Entry 88 - 5x5 Bench at 425lbs

I hit some pretty high volume at the beginning of this week. I continued doing the SSB squats with chains and have also started using the ab wheel on my days off.

Book Review: "Quick and Easy Paleo Comfort Foods" by Julie and Charles Mayfield

"Quick & Easy Paleo Comfort Foods" contains over one hundred delicious recipes. Most of them take about half an hour to prepare, making them ideal for healthy eating on the go.

Video: The Importance of Lat Involvement for Benching

This video will examine how developing your lats is an effective way of improving your bench press, along with some cues and tips on how to do so.

When Paleo Doesn't Work: 3 Ways to Eat Well and Maintain Your Sanity During Pregnancy

If you find paleo to be challenging during pregnancy, here are three things you might need to change in order to keep your diet healthy and sustainable.

Psychology of Asana 101: Part 1 - Cueing with Courage

Could it be the word courage invokes an ancient energy of which everybody has a somatic awareness that transcends levels of experience and structural patterns of posture and movement?

How to Unlock Your Athletic Potential Through Good Posture

If you fix your postural alignment you will jump higher, run faster, hit harder and help prevent a laundry list of injuries that could keep you out of the gym for months.

Proper Foundations: A 5 Step Progression to the Bar Muscle Up

This article is going to explain the five proper foundational movements to get your first bar muscle up - and how to do so without injuring yourself in the process.

Fit Kids Are Happier and Healthier

In a recent study, greater cardiovascuar fitness and muscular capacity in children correlated with healthier habits and greater happiness.

Athlete Journal: Terry Hadlow, Entry 16 - 2/10/2014

The heavy snow has made it harder to maintain my momentum during the current phase, but I finished out the final two weeks in spite of all the snow shoveling.

Why You Shouldn't Work Out When You're Sick

One of the most frequent questions in is, “Should I workout when I am sick?’ Like many topics in fitness, there isn’t a clear-cut answer, but here's what I suggest you should ask yourself.

What Every Good BJJ Strength and Conditioning Program Should Look Like

I tell everyone the best way to get better at BJJ is to actually do BJJ. The best way to keep doing Brazilian jiu jitsu is to make sure you have a good strength and conditioning program.

11 Tools for Powering Up Your Press

Recently I acquired a set of 22kg kettlebells. I celebrated by one-arm pressing one of them, which is pretty good for a 103lb chick. So here are my tips on how to build a stronger press.

Video: Rise and Shine Recovery Yoga Flow

I designed this segment so that it would be a great flow for first thing in the morning or on your days off when you still want to get your body moving, but not with anything too strenuous.

Spine Stabilization: How Your Core Should Be Working

When you “tighten your core,” what muscles are you using? Does your posture change? Does your pelvis tilt? Let’s take a look at what’s going on in your core, and how it should be working.

See It Happen to Make It Happen: How Visualization Makes Athletes More Successful

What's the best way to psych up before a lift, sprint, or other athletic attempt? A new study found visualization blows other methods out of the water.

Athlete Journal: Brandon Hofer, Entry 1 - 2/9/2014

In a few months I will be testing for the StrongFirst Level 2 Kettlebell certification. Here's how I've been programming my training for the big day.

Video: Ben Musholt: 4 Basic Capoeira Movements

In this video, Ben demonstrates four basic Capoeira movements. These are the ginga, the macaco stretch, a cartwheel kick-over, and the queda de rins.

Sunday Seven: The Week's 7 Most Popular Articles, Vol. 96

Every Sunday we post the "Sunday Seven" so you can quickly see the seven most popular articles of the week. This week: CrossFit programming, kettlebell swings for fat loss, and more!

The Purpose of Sparring and When (and When Not) to Spar Hard

The purpose of sparring is to make both you and your partner better. But more often than not, I see egos get in the way of getting something out of the session.

Athlete Journal: Jess Papi, Entry 19 - 2/8/2014

School is back in session starting this week, and it's going to be a challenge trying to balance classes, training, and coaching. I'm trying to stay positive while I figure out how to manage it all!