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 honoring an injured athlete, how using bands is holding you back, how to handle training lulls, most hated exercises, advancing handstand skills, different types of maxes, and why setting goal setting isn’t always best!
1. How Do We Honor Kevin Ogar? (Patrick McCarty)
We have a man down. Burying our heads in the sand dishonors him. Digging deep to locate the weak link in the chain honors not only him, but protects those who aspire to be like him.
2. How Bands Are Actually Holding You Back (Amber Larsen)
It wasn’t until I attended the current CrossFit Gymnastics certification that I realized bands are not essential, and can even be a crutch to an athlete’s progression.
3. On Not Giving a S%&# About BJJ: Don’t Judge (Valerie Worthington)
I have allowed BJJ to influence my choices throughout my life. So nobody found it more unexpected than I when I spent the final months of 2013 not giving a flying f*ck about it.
4. The 8 Most Hated Exercises (Tom Kelso)
I recently conducted a poll to find out which exercises you hate but know are good for you. Here are the top eight exercises, based on 76 responses and listed from least to most reviled.
5. Advancing Bodyweight Skills: Proper Handstand Progressions (Andrew Read)
How do you progress when the load is bodyweight? And in particular how do you progress when the exercise has a large skill component such as handstands?
6. Why Your “Max” Isn’t Your Max – The 6 Types of Actual Maxes (Chet Morjaria)
Here is my breakdown of the types of maxes we all encounter throughout our strength journey, and how to makes sense of them.
7. Why Successful People Don’t Set Goals and You Shouldn’t Either (Graeme Turner)
It’s popular to push the setting of goals, but what if setting goals could actually be a negative thing? And is it something that successful people actually even do? Evidence shows otherwise.
Photos provided by Jorge Huerta Photography.