Athlete Journal: Charles Staley, Entry 54 - Taking it Easy

I’ve been feeling a bit under-recovered this week, so my volume was lower than normal. Despite that, I nearly hit a 340lb high bar squat, and my bench program is going well also.

Friday Flicks: American Weightlifting - An Olympic Lifting Documentary

This week, watch iconic Olympic weightlifting coach Mike Burgener explain how Mike's Gym was born, in a clip from Greg Everett's upcoming feature-length documentary, American Weightlifting.

You Can't Manage What You Don't Measure

You can't determine if your nutrition and training are on track if you're not measuring important numbers. Here's what you need to measure and three workouts to try, too.

The First 50%: What It Means to Call Yourself a Personal Trainer

Coaching athletes is easy. Being a personal trainer is a true challenge. We help people live out their dreams and we are the front line defense in tackling obesity.

More Reps and Less Weight: A Better Approach for Older Adults?

As we get older our training needs change, and programming should reflect that. A new study examined the best way to train older adults and found a power protocol to be most effective.

Book Review: "The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking," by Hayley Mason and George Staley

"The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking," by Hayley Mason and George Staley, is a perfect beginner’s guide to getting your feet wet with paleo eating or re-inspire your paleo habits.

Psychology in the Weightlifting Arena, Part 2 - Fighting External Noise

I remember my first tournament back in my amateur boxing days. I was eleven at the time. During the round I couldn't hear the crowd. What is this sensation and how does it help us as athletes?

The CrossFit Games Open Is Broken

Over the next four weeks, my articles will take an honest look at the CrossFit Open. How it works, how it doesn’t work, and ultimately, some suggestions as to how it can be fixed.

The Athletic Mind, Part 1: The Role of Perception in Athletics

The mind is weaker than the body; so just imagine what the body could do with the right mindset. Fears and self-doubt can stop an athlete in his or her tracks long before the body quits.

4 Lessons CrossFitters Can Learn From Bodybuilders

Bodybuilders have long been ridiculed within CrossFit by those who seem to believe they train better, harder, and more effectively. But is that reality? And what can we all learn from them?

Is Your Cooling Vest Dangerous?

Many athletes turn to cooling vests to beat the heat and lower body temperatures during rest periods. A new study suggests they might not work and could even be dangerous.

Video: Sean Waxman - Olympic Weightlifting Drills: Snatch Deadlift From Blocks Below the Knee

The snatch deadlift from blocks below the knee helps strengthen the muscles that are involved in pulling the barbell from the floor during the snatch.

Product Review: Fighter Girls Blue Camo Boyfriend Shorts

I've never been a big fan of board shorts, but the Fighter Girls products pleasantly surprised me. Not only are they designed for women, but they're also comfortable and high-quality.

Find Your Off Button: How to Use Yoga for Better Rest and Recovery

Our bodies evolved to make us stronger and less vulnerable during times of danger. As athletes, we pump this system daily. The downside? Our bodies are not so good at turning off this system.

2 Myths About Women and Weight Lifting Debunked

It’s long been female gym folklore that to get lean you do high reps with a light load, while those looking to get bigger need to lift heavy. Let’s look at some misconceptions around this advice.

Once You’ve Used Steroids, Is It Possible to Ever Compete Clean Again?

A scientific look at the evidence that anabolic steroids permanently increase a user's sporting potential such that they can never compete evenly against drug-free athletes again.

Anatabine Not as Effective as Hoped for DOMS

If you're like most athletes, you're probably looking for ways to avoid DOMS and missed training sessions. A recent study suggests anatabine is one product that might not work.

Athlete Journal: Chris Duffin, Entry 62 - Mace Swings for Shoulder Health

This week training I did lots of sled work, mace swings, and more bottoms up kettlebell presses. I included a video on how to do mace swings and why they are beneficial for shoulder health.

Product Review: GRID Mini Roller

I travel a lot and am always trying to figure out how to bring my foam roller with me on the road. The GRID Mini Roller solves that problem. Not only is it convenient, but it also works.

How Fruits, Veggies, and a Lack of Seasons Contribute to Overeating

We’ve developed elaborate ways to ensure we have produce ripe for us whenever we want it. But, when you think about it, we actually had almost everything we needed before our food was so globalized.

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