Athlete Journal: Charles Staley, Entry 50 - New Training Plan

After taking a week off, I sat down and made some more adjustments to my training week. With Worlds just 13 weeks away, it's time to get some serious work done.

Friday Flicks: Greatest Moments of the Tour de France

The Tour de France is in full swing. Here's a collection of some of the greatest moments from previous years.

3 Workouts for Firefighters: How to Handle Fitness On- and Off-Duty

How is it possible to stay healthy when you're stuck in a firehouse for 24 hours and surrounded by temptation? Here are some tips and three workouts you can do.

Hot Yoga: The Dangers and Myths You Need to Know

Hot yoga is a huge craze, but is it safe? There are some things you need to know about how the body handles heat so you can decide if hot yoga is good for you.

The Killer App: Using the Right Equipment for the Right Exercise

The killer app is that one application you can get from a piece of equipment that you can’t get anywhere else. Don’t waste your time doing things that for which that tool is not designed.

MSG, Trans Fat, and Aspartame: 3 Secret Ingredients That Are Killing You and Your Results

You've probably heard food additives are bad for you but it's hard to avoid them. A new study examined how MSG, trans fat, and aspartame impact health.

Why Every Muay Thai Fighter Should Study Boxing

Sometimes all an athlete needs is a small but unique change in how they do things to overcome a plateau. For me, that change was learning more about Western boxing.

Being Present: How to Give Yourself the Best Present Ever

One of the many gifts BJJ has given me is the capacity to be completely and utterly present. So when I find my mind wandering, or when I start to worry, I make a conscious decision to snap out of it.

144lbs: Why Female Athletes Should Toss the Scale and Get a New Perspective

If I told you I weighed 144lbs would you believe me? Do you even know what 144lbs of female athlete looks like? It's time to get real about what real weights look like.

Take the Red Pill: What the Matrix Can Teach Us About Training

"The Matrix" is one of my favorite movies of all time. Recently, some quotations from the movie got me thinking about how they relate to lifting. Here are 10 quotations and my interpretations.

Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption: How Important Is It?

The usefulness of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC, is often exaggerated. A new study explores how important EPOC really is and how weight training stimulates it in trained athletes.

Video: Sean Waxman - Olympic Weightlifting Drills: Vertical Jump With Bar With Snatch Grip

This drill uses the vertical jump to build explosive power during the second pull of the snatch. It's also one of the first exercises taught in the Soviet system.

Product Review: Koss FitClips Headphones

I wear earphones a lot when I do strength and conditioning for BJJ. So when I discovered a new line designed just for women, I had to try them.

Nature Is the Best Yoga Studio

If you decide to ditch the studio and take your mat to the sand or grass, there are a few things to keep in mind to modify your practice and make the most of your experience.

The Sixth Minute: Why Minimum Effective Dose Doesn't Work

If, like many people, you’ve read "The 4-Hour Body," I have some bad news for you. If you’re after performance MED (Minimum Effective Dose) doesn’t work.

Athlete Journal: Pat McCarty, Entry 19 - Dear Ryan McGrotty: Call Me Old One More Time...I Dare You

This week there was some controversy over the prize purse for masters athletes. One Facebook comment fired me up. Here's what I have to say to all the Ryan McGrottys out there.

A Jerk Is a Jerk (and a Press Is a Press)

Overhead presses and jerks be easily confused even though they use entirely different muscles. To the layman and novice trainees they are very similar but to insiders they are in fact very different.

Why You Should Ditch Your Heart Rate Monitor and Just Talk

Studies have shown the talk test is an effective way to measure cardiovascular thresholds in novice athletes, but how about at the elite level? A new study shows this test isn't just for beginners.

Athlete Journal: Chris Duffin, Entry 58 - 650x6 Dimels

This week was a good week for my deadlift. On Saturday I decided to try some dimel deadlifts after not doing them for about four years and hit six reps at 650lbs.

Product Review: Gaiam Sol Bhakti Ultralite Rubber Yoga Mat

If you have any experience with yoga, you know the importance of a good mat. Recently I had the chance to try the Sol Bhakti Ultralite mat from Gaiam, and it quickly became one of my favorites.

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