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 sumo deadlift high pull, snatch, overhead progressions, handstand push up corrections, bench press cues, weightlifting complexes, and sex!
1. The Sumo Deadlift High Pull Is Stupid (Patrick McCarty)
It’s okay to admit something isn’t working and pull it from the shelves. So then, my question is, why is the sumo deadlift high pull (SDHP) still around?
2. Who Cares About Your Snatch? (Andrew Read)
While you’re spending years perfecting your snatch, I’m busy getting fit and having fun. Drop the high-level stuff and actually get in shape.
3. The Safest and Smartest Progression for Building Your Overhead Lifts (Jeff Kuhland)
The press, push press, push jerk, snatch, and overhead squat all require a specific level of shoulder mobility before you should perform them under any significant load.
4. The Handstand Push Up: How Things Go Wrong and How to Put Them Right (Meghan Hackler)
On any given day, there’s a 50% chance that I’m going to have a CrossFitter on my schedule. How important is the handstand push up, really?
5. The Bench Press Is a Pull: 5 Cues You Might Be Missing (Chet Morjaria)
What would you say if I told you one of the best ways to think about the bench press is actually in terms of a series of pulling motions?
6. The Neurological Benefits of Clean and Snatch Complexes (Amber Larsen)
We’re going to look at motor unit recruitment, proprioception, and the central nervous system and how using complexes trains each of these to make us better lifters.
7. No Sex Before Competition? The Medicine Behind the Myth (Traver H. Boehm)
When I was an MMA fighter I had to sit my wife down and tell her I would be abstaining from our regular “adult time” activities for the month and half prior to my fight. This did not go over well.
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