Every Sunday we post the "Sunday Seven" so you can quickly see the seven most popular articles of the week. This week's most popular posts cover "tough love" coaching, CrossFit competitions, gymnastics standards, Olympic weightlifting, hamstring exercises, and workout timing!

 

So, here’s a little dose for all of you who haven’t had the opportunity to take a class or experience a private session with me. Here’s a little “Tough Love Becca" for you all.
 
Breaking Muscle Shop
CrossFit throwdowns and competitions have literally exploded. And in some cases s#$% is out of control. Here's what NOT to include in your competition, and some advice on how to organize a good event.
 
Yes, I’m talking to you with the three-AbMat-scaled, snatch-width grip hand placement, butchered kipping handstand push up. 
 
Part of my job as a weightlifting coach is to simplify the complexities of the sport, and provide you with a framework of concepts from which you can hang your lifts and experiences.
 
The Pause Method allows the coach to segment the lift so the athlete can develop spatial orientation and find these same positions on his own quickly, as is required for lifting heavy weights.
 
A recent study sought to discover which hamstring exercise is the most intense: glute-ham raises, Romanian deadlifts, good mornings, or leg curls. 
 
Is it better to hit the gym first thing in the morning or wait until evening? A new study investigates the role of time of day in workout effectiveness.
 
Photos provided by Miguel Tapia Images and CrossFit LA.
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