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Is There a Post-Workout Anabolic Window?

“Protein in an hour, Strengthen thy power. Protein delayed, No gains are made.” This might as well be carved in stone at the exit of every gym in the world. The race to gulp down a protein shake within one hour of training...

3 “Oddball” Events We Need Back in Strongman

While strongman has come a long way over the past several decades, there are a few events that have fallen out of popularity. In this article, I argue for their re-introduction in competition. Fridge Carry In the old Fridge Carry event,...

The Strength Athlete’s Guide to Building, Strengthening, and Caring for Your Posterior Chain

The posterior chain is a fancy name for the the muscles on the back of the body. Your Traps, Rear Deltoids, Lats, Spinal Erectors, Glutes, and Hamstrings are the engine that drive your athletic movement. A better understanding of how...

What Should I Eat Before a CrossFit® Open Workout?

With the CrossFit® Open in full swing, athletes are doing everything they can to get a last minute edge over their fitness frenemies. One area in particular that has been getting a lot of attention this year is nutrition. I’ve been...

Why Strongman Fans Should Pay Attention to the Apollon’s Axle

Louis Uni is a name that probably means nothing to even the most ardent of strongman history buffs, and while his birth name might of fallen into obscurity, his legacy is still going strong. The Frenchman was quick to...

Is Your Split Jerk Holding You Back? Try These 4 Drills

I recently got into a discussion with a new lifter who came to me asking what he could do to get better at split jerks. While his power jerk was climbing, his split jerk felt foreign, uncomfortable, and wrong....

Why Is General Physical Preparedness (GPP) Important for Long-Term Success?

Coaches can play a pivotal role in the overall health and development of athletes of all levels (beginner to elite). Through the inclusion of more generalized training phases throughout one's training cycle, coaches and athletes can better prepare and...

3 Reasons Why Most Beginner Weightlifters Should Use a Static Start Position

There are two main ways to begin a snatch and/or clean & jerk. The first is a dynamic start, one that has the lifter assume a strong starting position and dynamically move from the pulling stance into the pull, allowing...

Be Happy Because You’ll Never Be Satisfied

A reporter allegedly once asked John D. Rockefeller “How much money is enough?” He responded, “Just a little bit more.” The same concept applies to weightlifting, but there's a difference between being happy and being satisfied. We are never...

3 Common Faults During the Jerk and How to Fix Them

The jerk requires positional strength, posture, timing, and power. Many lifters may find the jerk to be one of the most daunting movements to do after a heavy clean recovery, as one must now hoist hundreds of pounds overhead...

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