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Rethinking Overhead: How to Fix a Stalled Split Jerk

Over the years I’ve found that athletes either love the split jerk or they hate it. There is no middle ground. Regardless of which side you fall on it’s a necessity in weightlifting and for most, always a work...

The Pitfalls of Social Media In the World of Strength and Fitness

With the age of social media, we’re bombarded by the lives and experiences of everyone around us. It’s difficult to scroll through Facebook or Instagram without seeing a picture or video of someone hitting a new personal record, or...

Why Strongman Training Is Ideal for Building Football Players

I have made my living working with high school and college athletes for the last three decades. Parents will look to private coaches to specifically improve the skill sets of athletes to increase their playing time or help secure...

8 Tips For Improving Your Rope Climb

What used to be a staple of 1970s gym classes has become a common test of gymnastic skill, coordination, upper body endurance, and grip strength for CrossFit Regionals and Games athletes. The rope climb comes up in CrossFit® training just...

Why You Should Add Crawling To Your Warm-Up and Workout Routine

Contrary to the belief of time-constrained lifters, stretching and warming up are not the same thing, and passive stretching is not enough to ready the body for weightlifting. A proper warm-up increases your body temperature, prepares you for general...

Olympic Weightlifting or Calisthenics? Why You Should Do BOTH!

Olympic weightlifting and calisthenics: at a glance, they may seem like disciplines on complete opposite sides of the strength training spectrum. One involves lifting an external object through space, and the other involves moving your own body through space....

Who Are the Strongest Women in Strongman?

Finally! The weight classed World's Strongest Woman contest is going to be held. For those of us on the East Coast, we can see it live in December in Raleigh, North Carolina. Last year saw its return, but 2017...

How Sports and Teammates Built My Powerlifting Mindset

Editor’s note: This article is Part Two of a three part series that will share insight into Charles Okpoko’s lifting career. The series will cover Okpoko’s athletic beginnings, his developing and changing mindset, along with what he’s learned under...

Finding Success in Missed Lifts: A Reflection on Competition

A few weeks ago, I competed in what felt like my millionth weightlifting meet. No matter how many meets I do, somehow my total remains the same. It's become a bit of a joke that I end each meet...

The Growing Gap Between Coaching and Online Training

The fitness industry has transformed with the boom of CrossFit® and social media. The participation and value in fitness has exploded and with that there's been boosts in sports like weightlifting and powerlifting. This growing interest in fitness combined...

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Inside the Crazy Strength Sport of Finger Wrestling

On first impressions it may look like a hyper macho show of competitive strength to win the attention of the nearby, 6-steins-of-beer-carrying waitress, but...

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