Athlete Journal: Alli Moyer, Entry 11 - 1/23/2014

Does your training bring you joy? I’ve tossed this question back and forth a lot in my own mind lately, ever since my dad asked me this several months back. And now I think I know the answer.

Book Review: "Yoga Mat Companion 1: Anatomy for Vinyasa Flow and Standing Poses" by Ray Long, MD

This has been one of the primary resources to which I keep returning to develop my own yoga practice and skills as an instructor.

Learning to Recognize the Signs of a Depressed Athlete

I see many athletes who start out eager and driven, but become disenchanted with the prospect of fitness and do just enough to get by. As coaches, it is our responsibility to notice this behavior.

Got Hookworms? Gut Bacteria and Your Health

While I only heard about helminthic therapy - or treatment via hookworm infection - a few months ago, it has apparently been circling the scientific community for years.

Partial Movements: Globo Gym Fail or Useful Training Tool?

It's one thing to intentionally restrict range of motion for a specific purpose. It is quite another to add too much weight to handle properly and then to restrict your ROM due to your bad choices.

3 Questions to Confirm if Your Child Is Ready to Start a Sport

How do you assess if your child is ready for a particular sport? Here are three categories to evaluate your child against, along with four guidelines for implementing a new sport or skill.

Integrity in Competition: A Manifesto for Athletes, Coaches, and Judges

Competition can do strange things to people. So here are some guidelines to help remind us how integrity can manifest itself within our behaviors, as athletes, coaches, or judges.

Strength Training Improves Change of Direction

Change of direction (COD) is a major component of performance in many sports, and a new study shows strength training can make athletes much better at it.

Super D Video: Ankle Mobility Secrets

This exercise is great for lateral movement, and all you need is a band. Stay diligent and see results in a week's time. Increase your poundages without getting stronger!

Athlete Journal: James Kearns, Entry 3 - 1/22/2014

My training schedule in 2014 continues to challenge and frustrate me. This was a good week for my weightlifting but not so much for BJJ.

Product Review: Gawakoto x David Mack "Kabuki" Women’s Rashguard

I've often wondered what design I’d like to see on a women’s rashguard but I could never come up with anything. Fortunately Gawakoto Clothing Co. did it for me with their new Kabuki women's rashguard.

What Our Dietary Guidelines Should Be

If we believe that the USDA’s dietary guidelines are not what is right for us, then what is? Let us take a look at the science and attempt to figure this out for ourselves.

4 Exercises to Cure the Dreaded Imaginary Lat Syndrome

Here are four awesome lat-building moves that will get your training mojo working overtime, strengthen your back, and give you some lats you can actually be proud of for the first time.

The 5 Most Annoying Fitness Questions I Get Asked at Parties

Here’s my list of the things I get asked the most and what I do to deflect the conversation (without just telling people I’m smarter than them, because that never seems to go down so well).

CrossFit Updates: Kevin Ogar and the Masters Level Competition

An update and clarification on what happened in the Kevin Ogar accident, as well as my assessment of the new set-up of the master's level competition for the CrossFit Games Open.

Static Stretching Decreases Running Performance Too

You might have heard static stretching before strength training can dampen performance. A new study found the same thing applies to endurance sports.

Athlete Journal: Chris Duffin, Entry 85 - Heavy Squat Session

I managed to get in a heavy squat workout this week before I got hit with the nasty bug that's been going around in my house.

Book Review: "The Paleo Chocolate Lover's Cookbook" by Kelly V. Brozyna

Written by Kelly Brozyna, this cookbook contains eighty grain-free, legume-free, and dairy-free recipes for chocolate lovers. (Read on for two free recipes!)

Who Should Do My 4-Week Program and What It Will Do for You

If you follow this program as written, you can expect up to a 10% increase in your one rep max in deadlift and bench press. You can expect to feel stronger, more explosive, and faster.

So You Want to Be a CrossFit Judge? 7 Tips to Help You Make the Right Decisions

If you decide to judge, make sure you are fair. Be smart about how you make decisions. And ask questions of more experienced judges.

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