Athlete Journal: James Kearns, Entry 5 - 2/5/2014

My first competition of 2014 didn't go as well as I had hoped, but I gave it my best. I also got a sponsorship this week, which was great news!

Beginning BJJ: Solutions for First Year Problems

How are you supposed to know what kind of gi to get? What about tying the belt? And where do you buy those awesome Meerkatsu rash guards? Don’t worry boys and girls. I have the answers.

Why Simply Adding Fish Oil Doesn’t Work

Diets high in omega-6 fatty acids can limit the conversion of omega-3 to EPA/DHA. Therefore, if we don't decrease our omega-6, we may not get the anti-inflammatory benefits.

Low Back Pain: A Guide for Coaches and Athletes on Anatomy, Types, and Treatment

In order to best help your clientele, it’s important for coaches to understand the muscles of the back, what can cause back pain, and treatments (after physical therapy, of course.)

CrossFitters Shouldn’t Do Isabel (And Other Blasphemies)

I challenge every box reading this to program workouts for one month without high-rep Olympic lifts or touch-and-go deadlifts. There are so many workout options not being utilized.

How to Run Faster and Lift More (While Training GPP)

What if you have to train many skills at once, like a CrossFit competitor? What if you’re only interested in GPP, but you’d still like to lift heavier or get faster?

Evidence Mounts Against Energy Drinks

One week energy drinks are an athlete's best friend, and the next week they're just a waste of money. A new study suggests they don't make a significant effect on performance.

Athlete Journal: Chris Duffin, Entry 87 - Cycling Down

After the last couple weeks of heavy volume it was time to cycle it down a little. The timing worked well as I had to take a day off from training anyway.

Vanessa's Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Fit Females

Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Do you know what you're buying for the athletic lady in your life? If not, don't panic - I've got you covered with these ten gift ideas!

Calorie Restriction for Endurance Athletes: Why It's Not Always A Good Idea

A focus on reducing calories is common with triathletes who focus on weight as a metric of progress. What a lot of people forget is that your results are based on one simple metric: your time.

How to Prepare Kids for Weightlifting Without Weightlifting

If you can make training more enjoyable, children are more likely to accept it. The priority is keeping the child engaged, moving well, and wanting to come back and do more.

It's All in the Hip: 5 Steps to Fixing Movement Dysfunction

In my last article I revealed that hip instability is the common source of many problems and sub-par performances. Now, I'm going to share the five steps to fix your hips.

300 Swings a Day for Faster Fat Loss

Would you like a simple way to cut fat? If so, then let me tell you about the kettlebell swing, and specifically, about doing 300 swings per day, everyday, and without exception.

Another Slam Dunk for Outdoor Exercise

In a recent study, cyclists who exercised outdoors not only enjoyed themselves more, but also performed better than indoor cyclists.

Athlete Journal: Terry Hadlow, Entry 15 - 2/3/2014

Between two rest days this week and a rough snatch workout, I wasn't at 100 percent. Fortunately a good front squat session on Sunday saved my training week.

My Desert Island Exercise: Core Twist (Jathara Parivartanasana)

This core twist is simply a beast of an exercise. I’m going to give you two variations and four different props that you can use to make things easier.

Do We All Squat the Same? 3 Movement Principles For Every Body

For all the thousands of different people I have worked with, one thing has remained the same. You can’t change movement principles. Here are three things that means in terms of the squat.

How to Work Up to a Freestanding Handstand

In this article you’ll learn to balance on your hands out in the open. Just about anyone who is willing to put in the work will be able to accomplish this goal in time.

What Strength Training Means to Me: How a Bookish Girl Became a Lifter and Coach

I have a degree in English Literature from Cambridge University and if you’d told me twenty years ago that I would end up building a career in strength training, I’d have thought you were mad.

The 2014 Top 10 Fitness Blog Contest - Nominate Your Favorite Blog to Win!

Have a favorite fitness website? Nominate it here! The twenty sites with the most nominations will go before our judges for consideration for 2014 ten best blogs!