Featured Photographer: The U of MMA Photography Team

If you've ever played a team sport, you know how awesome it is when a team comes together. This photo gallery from the U of MMA team photographers is a visual example of that team dynamic.

How Much Recovery Do You Need? 7 Factors to Add Up

Remember you don't get strong doing a workout; you only get strong when you recover from a workout. Here are seven factors to add up how much recovery you need.

Touch My Toes? A Primer on Stretching for Adolescent Athletes

By adding static and dynamic stretches to a sports program, coaches and trainers can greatly reduce the risk of injuries, while guiding their developing athletes to continue to perform optimally.

Video: Shoulder and Chest Opening Yoga Flow, Part 1

Today we are talking about our shoulders and chest. We are going to stretch these areas, and at the same time strengthen our back.

The AbMat Is Awesome - Here's Why

There is always someone in class who asks, “Why do I need an AbMat?” No one can seem to truly answer this elusive question. Why do we need an AbMat? And for goodness’ sake, which way do we turn it?

8 Common Squatting Mistakes and How to Correct Them For Stronger Squats

Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone squats. Through the combo of these two things, I’ve worked out eight common mistakes that limit squatting potential and how to correct them.

The Effects of Bands on Bench Press Power and Speed

A lot of powerlifters use bands during the bench press. A new study investigates the effects this practice has on acceleration and maximal power.

Athlete Journal: James Kearns, Entry 4 - 1/29/2014

For the first time in a few weeks, I had a solid training week with no injuries, illness, or schedule conflicts. I increased the intensity this week to prepare for my upcoming BJJ meet.

Book Review: "The 21 Day Sugar Detox" by Diane Sanfilippo

Whether you still eat Twinkies or opt for raw honey or coconut sugar, "The 21 Day Sugar Detox" will help you overcome cravings and put sugar in its place.

The Early Days of Women's MMA: An Interview with Danielle West

I recently spoke to MMA fighter Danielle “The Curse” West about her career and I wasn’t surprised to learn that one of the reasons she began fighting was because she wanted to help someone else.

Had Enough of Kale? Try These 5 Powerful Leafy Greens Instead

I happen to love kale, but it can be bitter and tough. If you can’t stand kale, there’s no reason to despair. There are tons of other leafy greens out there that you may find you like.

I Have a Dream (Team): When Winning Is the Only Thing That Matters

What is the point of the “fittest gym” if the fittest gym is merely drafted? It’s nothing.

GPP Forever: How to Avoid Accidental Specialization and Actually Get Fit

Personal training has become overtaken by all the “strength coaches” out there. Except do you know what beginners need? GPP - not SPP.

Exercise Can Help Your Social Life

Have a problem mingling at parties? A new research review suggests a little bit of exercise, and team sports in particular, might do your social life some good.

Athlete Journal: Chris Duffin, Entry 86 - Massive Volume

I've been coming off a cold this last week, but nevertheless I hit some epic lifts on my squat and deadlift, as well as some awesome volume on benching.

Product Review: wodLIFTS

Imagine having an insert you could put in your training shoes to instantly turn them into Olympic weightlifting shoes. wodLIFTS do just that.

The Risk of Injury in Competition and How You Can Protect Yourself

Let's take a look at the statistics of injury in weightlifting, the reality of the risk of competition in any sport, and then how one group of men empowered themselves to change a competition.

4 Supplements That Are Good for Your Life, as Well as Your Lifting

Nitrate, creatine, pycnogenol, and acetyl-L-carnitine are good examples of supplements with well-documented effects, but also great potential for more health-oriented discoveries.

The Concept of Balancing Development: How to Coach a Beginner Weightlifter

The purpose of this article is to provide some helpful direction to the novice coach who might be perplexed at how to assess and progress a new athlete.

Your IT Band is Not the Enemy (But Maybe Your Foam Roller Is)

Chances are high that if you’ve ever used a roller, you’ve used it to roll out your iliotibial band. Stop abusing your IT band. It is your friend, and you haven’t been treating it like one.

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