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5 Reasons Functional Fitness Athletes Can Benefit from “Formal” Weightlifting

Being a weightlifting coach at a premiere CrossFit® gym in New York City, I have had the opportunity to work with many members and drop-ins from all over the globe, who in one way or another have embraced the...

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...

Breaking Down the Competition Bench Press (With Example Program)

In the following article we'll be going over technique in the competition-style bench press (not to be confused with the average commercial gym bench press), programming strategies for improving your bench over the long and short term time frames,...

5 Useful Strength Training Lessons Everyone Can Benefit From

Alright, maybe the list below is common sense, and maybe you already knew these. Regardless, I felt like this article was appropriate for any strength athlete or lifter who needed a friendly reminder, pick-me-up, or could find benefit from...

I Tried Jason Khalipa’s EMOM of the Day. Here’s What I Learned

Full disclosure: I love Jason Khalipa. #mancrush I mean, who doesn’t? In my opinion, Jason’s the “OG” of CrossFit. He was crowned champion  at the CrossFit Games in 2008 and has been a staple at the top of the Games...

4 Weightlifting Complexes To Increase Technique, Performance, and Confidence

Weightlifters and functional fitness athletes are required to have some level of barbell mastery in the snatch, clean, and jerk movements to maximize their performance at higher levels. Increase strength, power, and proficiency in those movements will often result in...

The Single-Arm Snatch: Should You Do Them?

The single-arm snatch is more than just a cool looking exercise. Long ago, our strong and stoic forefathers were performing this lift regularly to develop raw power and strength. I must admit, at first glance I took this lift...

The Best (and Worst) Performances at the 2017 Europe’s Strongest Man

Saturday saw the greatest in Europe once again go head to head with each other at the Leeds First Direct Arena. This years comp had a lot of hype to live up to, after last year was brimming with...

Powerlifters: If You Can Only Do 5 Accessory Exercises, Pick These

Don't get me wrong, I love the big three and their variations as much as any powerlifter. But if there’s one thing I learned in my years as a pro bodybuilder, it’s that being strong in a variety of exercises and angles,...

The CrossFit Games Are Objective, Fair, and Getting Better Every Year

Darren Coughlan is the owner of CrossFit Newcastle, Australia's first CrossFit affiliate. Over the last six years, he has coached multiple athletes to the highest levels of the sport, including two individuals in 2016. This article was written after his experiences as...

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Muscle Clean vs Power Clean

The muscle clean and the power clean are clean variations to help lifters increase strength, power, and performance in the pull. Both movements can...

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