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The 2017 Worlds are now history. With 10 of the sport’s superpowers absent, there were bound to be some interesting side stories. I covered some of the Highlights 2017 World Weightlifting Championships previously, but now I would like to look at the ...
Day 309 Of 360 Press: 3 x 5 @ (up to) 80% of 2RM 1 x 10 @ 50%, each with full 2/1000 in lock-out   Rest as needed between sets. If sets require interruption at the chosen weight, or range of motion fails, make as minor an adjustment as needed and com ...
  This year’s CrossFit Open kicked off on February 22, with WOD 18.1 and will continue through to March 26, ending with WOD 18.5. As each Open WOD is announced, I will be providing you with the same briefing I give the athletes at my gym, Prec ...
  As a coach and gym owner, my goal is to create clients who are successful athletes. Over the years, however, my definition of “successful” has evolved. Originally, I would deem an athlete successful when he or she could plan for and ac ...
Day 308 Of 360 5 violent, attentive rounds of:   7 Deadlift @ (up to) 75% of 2RM 9 Kettlebell “Short swing” @ 75% + of 5RM (Minimum) 1 minute rest   Position governs weight- no lazy set-ups, no soft lifts. If position softens or mech ...
  Drop sets are one of the oldest training techniques known to man. They are something of a training rite of passage. If you haven’t experienced the horror of your gym crush walking past, just as you finish a killer drop set lifting the pink d ...
  Have you ever worked systematically on a skill, doing the work required to be find a high level of competency, only to get stuck, plateauing in a bog you can’t seem to claw your way out of? Maybe you change your set/rep scheme, maybe you app ...
Day 307 Of 360 Bench press: 5 x 5 @ 75% of 2RM 1 x 10 @ 50%, each with 3/1000 hold in lock-out   Rest as needed between sets. If a set requires interruption make as minor a weight adjustment as possible and continue uninterrupted. When scheme is list ...
Good angel on one shoulder, bad angel on the other. One little voice whispers to you that you can do something, the other that you can’t. One insists that you want something, but the other reminds you that you shouldn’t have it. We all face th ...
  The lifting belt is one of the most misused pieces of equipment in the gym. In fact, some manufacturers don’t understand how a belt is supposed to work due to the fact that they construct belts that are wider in the back than the front. &nbs ...
Day 306 Of 360 Front squat: 3 x 10 @ (up to) 60% of 2RM   Then:   Double kettlebell swing clean + front squat: 5 x 5 @ as heavy as possible in each (1 swing clean + 1 front squat = 1 rep)   Rest as needed between sets. If sets require inter ...
Over the past four weeks, we’ve looked at a collection of industries that I believe are every bit as deadly and corrupt as Big Tobacco: convenience food, pharmaceuticals, and addictive technology. Today, they are far more socially acceptable and ubi ...
As I approach age 40, I’ve noticed a progressive shift in my metabolism over the past decade. This has prompted me to dig a little deeper into what affects our metabolism as we age and what can be done about it in terms of what we eat.   As we ...
  When you’re on the road as much as I tend to be, finding someplace to work out becomes part of your travel planning. I do my homework as best I can, to find out about the facility, the programming, and the level of coaching I might expect fo ...
  In my prior article Society Is Aging Us Prematurely, I made the point that unless you want to follow the masses down a path to early aging, reduced physical performance, and chronic disease, you need to set a different path from the rest of societ ...
  Last week, I wrote about how mobility—the ability to move and be moved freely and easily—is not a separate facet of fitness. Rather, mobility is an expression of your fitness, and informs your moment-to-moment reality.   Just as t ...
Day 305 Of 360 5 rounds, each for time, of:   2 Sled drag (20 yd. each @ BW) 10 Slam ball @ 15lb. W, 25lb. M 100 Jumprope   ”Drag” = forward, and “Pull” = backward. Rest as needed between rounds, and work with ferocity to ...