Peter Curcio
Contributor - Registered Dietitian
Nutrition
A two-month-long eating and drinking frenzy can do havoc to a waist line. 
 
The silliest season is upon us, and while we could blame our weight gain on the time of year, the reality is that it is our thinking and the choices that we make during this time of year that really do the damage.
 
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“Check out our new 30-day detox!”
“Sign up for the 90-day paleo challenge!”
“Get ready for bikini weather with our 45-day beach booty diet!”
 
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James Lee

 

James Lee
Olympic Weightlifting
CrossFit
Self Defense

With close to 20 years in the fitness and martial arts industry, James has taught, coached, and mentored clients and other trainers across the world from Los Angeles to Australia. After working as a trainer for many gyms in LA, he opened Team CrossFIt in 2008 as one of the first CrossFit gyms in Southern California.  In 2014 he opened Takano Weightlifting which is now considered one of the top Olympic Weightlifting gyms in the country.

From the same newspaper (and author, Gina Kolata) who told you exercise has no impact on bone health comes a new claim: obesity is the result of environment and genetics, your personal choices don’t matter, and the only effective treatment for extreme obesity is bariatric surgery.
 
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Focusing on movement efficiency should be a primary aim of any well-constructed strength and conditioning program. Moving well requires a combination of mobility (flexibility and range of motion within the joints) and stability (motor control and postural musculature). On a continuum, achieving optimal fitness and athleticism looks like this: 
 
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This programs is designed for an intermediate-advanced level weightlifter. It is high volume and builds to higher intensity in week four. It should not be attempted by those with a back squat 1RM that is less than 120% of their best clean and jerk, or a snatch 1RM that is outside of 78%-82% of their best clean and jerk. You should also have proficient technique. 

 

 

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This strength cycle should help you prioritize overall squat, pull and press strength. The final week will be a test week of sorts, some lifts you will be allowed to max, others you will be given a set rep number to achieve at heavier weight.

 

If you do not know how to power clean, you may substitute box jumps or squat jumps, use the same sets and reps. If you do not have 100% numbers to work from, base each day on feel using the same worksets and reps.

 

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Toby Skinner

 

Toby Skinner
Coach
United States, California, Woodland Hills
Coach
Olympic Weightlifting
Strength & Conditioning

Toby Skinner is certified by the USAW as an Advanced Sports Performance coach. He is also a Takano Weightlifting coach and is NSCA-CPT certified. Toby is the Assistant Coach at Takano Weightlifting in Woodland Hills, California. He has over 14 years of competition and coaching experience across numerous sports. He works with both competitive athletes, and hobbyists alike. Toby's stated goal is to provide knowledge and direction to any athlete that has the willingness to better their athletic performance.

Toby Skinner

 

Toby Skinner
Coach
United States, California, Woodland Hills
Coach
Olympic Weightlifting
Strength & Conditioning

Toby Skinner is certified by the USAW as an Advanced Sports Performance coach. He is also a Takano Weightlifting coach and is NSCA-CPT certified. Toby is the Assistant Coach at Takano Weightlifting in Woodland Hills, California. He has over 14 years of competition and coaching experience across numerous sports. He works with both competitive athletes, and hobbyists alike. Toby's stated goal is to provide knowledge and direction to any athlete that has the willingness to better their athletic performance.

Functional this, functional that... The word has overrun my social media feeds, and is the subject of countless articles across reputable and not so reputable websites. To be 100% honest, it does my head in. Why? Because half (and that’s being generous) of this content is absolute rubbish and does not reflect function. By definition in the Oxford Dictionary:
 
“Function” 
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