Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Op-Ed

10 Rules for the Aspiring Strongman

Strongman is a tough sport, and the dropout rate reflects that. It’s such a shame to see a talented athlete fall to the wayside either through injury or losing interest after a bad comp. But it doesn’t have to...

How to Individualize Your Snatch Grip Width

Grip width can play a pivotal role in the pulling strength, overhead stability, and performance in the snatch (as well as the clean and jerk). Many coaches and athletes have relied upon common methods to determine grip widths, however...

The Strongman’s Guide to Hand Care and Maintenance

All strength sports have one unifying factor: they rely almost entirely upon healthy hands. Without them, the show just cannot go on, regardless of how much you want it to. The most common injury, of course, is the torn...

What to Expect When Taking The CSCS (and How to Prep)

The Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification is considered by myself and many others to be one of the highest strength certs someone can receive. This certification is administered through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Many colleges and professional...

3 Movements to Increase Hip Mobility for Weightlifting, Squats, and Functional Fitness

Most of us (weightlifters, powerlifters, functional fitness athletes, etc.) have spent a great amount of time and effort on the improvement of mobility, specifically in the hips. Mobile hips offer us injury resilience, increased performance (weightlifting in specific), and...

3 Arm Workouts for Weightlifters and Functional Fitness Athletes

In an earlier article I made my case for the programming of arm training (specifically biceps) in strength and power athletes. In weightlifting and functional fitness programming, arm-specific exercises are often overlooked and/or undervalued due to the lack of...

3 Reasons Why Weightlifters Can Benefit from the Behind the Neck Push Press

In the world of weightlifting, coaches and athletes have a plethora of snatch, clean, and jerk variations, each of which can be used to address specific weakness and/or faults a lifter may possess. In an earlier article, I discussed...

12 Ways To Maximize Your Rest Day

While many individuals struggle to make it TO the gym, many of us also struggle to STAY out. Rest days are critical for performance, with some sports and ability levels needing more and/or less of them. When your rest...

When Was the “Golden Age” of Strongman?

The end of the year is a time for reflection. It’s an opportunity to look back on the last 365 days with fresh eyes and see them for what they are. With regards to strongman, this couldn’t be easier,...

5 Exercises Weightlifters Can Do to Improve Leg and Squat Strength

Leg strength, more specially your squatting (front and back) and pulling abilities, are key factors that affect weightlifting performance, aside from technique and power application. When progressing throughout training, leg strength may stall, for whatever reason, leaving many lifters...

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