Heart Rate Variability a Good Intensity Measure

Heart rate variability can be measured by some heart rate monitors, and a new study suggests tracking it might be a good way to evaluate workout intensity.

Examining the "Why" - Why Do You Exercise and Is It Working for You?

Are you working out because it's beneficial and enjoyable? Or are you doing it because you're trying to fix something from the past?

Tech Review: Withings Pulse

The Withings Pulse is one of the newest activity trackers on the market. I recommend it for anyone who wants to track heart rate, activity level, and sleep patterns.

5 Training Lessons Learned From My Obnoxious Big Brother

During my younger years my brother hated the fact that I existed. But as we got older his contempt disappeared and he became a sort of mentor. Here's the most important things I learned.

Mobility and Movement, Session 1: Yoga and Self-Massage for Squats

I'm currently taking a course based on the CrossFit Mobility certification. I'm going to share what I'm learning, and also how I would combine it with yoga for better overall movement and mobility.

How to Determine Your Snatch Grip Width

One question that most people have when they first start to learn the snatch is, "How wide should the grip be?" Here are the differences between the grips and how to determine the best width for you.

10 Ways to Plateau, Burn Out, and Avoid Getting Strong

If you want to stop your strength gains right in their tracks, there are plenty of ways you can do so. Here are my ten top tips on how to plateau, burn out, and avoid getting strong.

Ice Therapy Beneficial For Pain But Not Performance

Nobody wants to take three cold showers a day, but ice therapy is more convenient for regular use. A recent study shows icing has mixed benefit for performance and pain.

Video: Sean Waxman - Olympic Weightlifting Drills: Medicine Ball Backwards Throw

The medicine ball backwards throw improves upper body explosion and reinforces proper extension mechanics.

Product Review: The Armaid

The Armaid is a self-therapy device for anyone struggling with recurrent forearm issues. I highly recommend it for athletes with serious, consistent problems.

3 Keys to Successfully Peaking for an Event

One of the hardest subjects for people to grasp is timing their peak performance. Here is how I have prepared myself for everything from military recruit training to Ironman to the RKC.

The Peasants Are Revolting: It's Time for CrossFit Affiliates to Take Back Their Name

Shana Alverson critiqued CrossFit and had her post deleted. Why is this a big deal and why should others get involved? Let me explain.

Sprint Training: It's Not Just Anaerobic

Sprinting is often characterized as an anaerobic exercise, but does it affect the aerobic system? New research suggests sprinting intervals also have aerobic benefits.

Athlete Journal: Chris Duffin, Entry 71 - Deload Week (Or Something Like That)

Technically this wasn't a deload week, but we'll just call it that. Aside from hitting a few PRs I took the week off, but I'm excited about some new training tools and videos I have in the works.

Book Review: "Fire Your Gym" by Andy Petranek and Roy M. Wallack

If you're looking for a well-rounded program to improve overall strength and conditioning, "Fire Your Gym" is the book for you.

Athlete Journal: Alli Moyer, Entry 4 - 10/8/2013

This week I got to thinking about why we put ourselves through the anxiety and fear we experience during competition. Here are some of my personal reasons.

4 Reasons Bodybuilding Is Important for Weightlifting

Bodybuilding has been looked at as the redheaded stepchild in terms of a training modality, but in truth it can be a potent modality to complement and aid in the development of the weightlifter.

Strong Is Still Strong, Skinny Is Still Skinny

When I first heard the saying “strong is the new skinny” I loved it, but since then, I’ve kind of grown to hate it. Let me explain.

A Scientific Look at Rhabdo and Why It's Not Exclusive to CrossFit

I am going to talk about rhabdo from a biological standpoint and how it affects the body. Then you can make an informed decision on whether or not CrossFit is the only sport that causes rhabdo.

Research Provides New Insights Into Preventing Shoulder Impingement

Approximately 36% of injuries that occur in weight training involve the shoulder. A new study examines which exercises are more common in athletes with shoulder impingement.

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