Athlete Journal: Allison Moyer, Entry 1 - 8/22/2013

This is my first journal entry and I'm also 11 days out from the IFBB North American Championships. In the bodybuilding world, I'm a bit of a two-legged unicorn and here's why.

Cheryl Nasso: "Thank You CrossFit. You Saved My Life!"

Cheryl Nasso competed in the 2011 CrossFit Games, but for decades before she struggled with a life-threatening eating disorder. She credits the discovery of CrossFit for changing everything.

The Athlete's Manifesto

You have expectations of your coaches and your gym, but do you hold such expectations of yourself? It’s time to commit to being an active part of your own success. Print this out and follow it.

Your Diet Can Improve Your Brain Power

Most athletes want a combination of brains and brawn, not just muscle power. A new study explores the connection between diet, cognitive performance, and disease.

Video: Sean Waxman - Olympic Weightlifting Drills: Press From Split Position

The press from split position is an exercise to help strengthen the athlete's position in the split of the jerk, as well as improve the balance in that position.

Interview with OK! Kimonos Founder Brendan Hufford - Helping All Kids Train BJJ

OK! Kimonos founder Brendan Hufford is trying to change things for children who live in poverty. His gi exchange program is helping kids around the world have access to BJJ.

Psychology in the Weightlifting Arena, Part 4 - Getting Centered

This week we look at the art of psyching up. What is it, what does it do, and how do YOU do it effectively to make those big lifts.

The CrossFit Games Open is Broken, Part 3: Team Competition and Leaderboard Shenanigans

This week - a look at individuals getting teams qualified for the Games and the fact that CrossFit is the only sports that allows do-overs.

2 Causes of Hip Pain and How to Treat Them: Sciatica and Piriformis Syndrome

Sciatica and piriformis syndrome are two conditions often presenting with similar symptoms. Here is a guide to the difference between the two as well as treatment for each.

The Effects of the Paleo Diet on Diabetes and Satiety

The paleo diet is often used in a clinical setting to treat disease. A new study investigates how a paleo diet holds up against traditional dietary recommendations for diabetic patients.

Athlete Journal: Chris Duffin, Entry 64 - Tips for Organizing Your Training

I was traveling this week so I only had a few training sessions. In the video I've shared some advice for organizing your training while focusing on multiple goals at one time.

Book Review: "Beyond Bacon" by Stacy Toth and Matthew McCarry

If you love pork, Stacy Toth and Matthew McCarry have written a book for you. "Beyond Bacon" is a unique resource full of information and recipes featuring the pig.

From CrossFit Athlete to Physique Competitor - My Fitness Journey

When I found CrossFit in 2010 it was exactly what I needed, having only a year of sobriety under my belt. But before long I ventured on to my next challenge - competing in a physique competition.

Product Review: 110% Compression Blitz Knee Sleeve

I used to think knee sleeves were only for injured athletes, the 110% Compression Blitz Knee Sleeve changed my mind. This product aids recovery, warm up, and overall performance.

The Thing You Do Everyday That’s Setting You Up For Shoulder Injuries

Many of us internally rotate our arms all day long while we work. Sadly, this exact positioning is a set up for a shoulder impingement or rotator cuff or labrum tear down the road.

Is Gluten Free for Everyone?

Eating gluten-free is a necessity for people with celiac disease, but can it also benefit the rest of the population? Two recent studies suggest yes, it can.

Why I Don't Do "Conditioning" and You Don't Have to Either

It's too bad that running a marathon is still looked at by many as the epitome of fitness. I don't really do HIIT, Tabata intervals, or met-con workouts either - for five reasons.

The Athletic Mind, Part 2: Training Yourself to Be a Positive Thinker

How does a pessimistic or catastrophic thinker become a positive go-getter? Here are some ways to change your perspective, whether you are an athlete or not.

What Prohibition and the War on Drugs Teach Us About Our Nation's Battle of the Bulge

In looking at the war on fat and our nation's obesity epidemic, it’s helpful to look at two other closely drawn battles - the war on alcohol and the war on drugs.

Yoga for Strength Athletes: Mobilize Your IT Band and Posterior Chain

Many athletes say they have “tight hamstrings,” but the issue is more than just hamstrings. It’s the entire posterior chain clenching. Here are two yoga poses you can use to free your backside.

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