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Trading Money for Abs: My Journey from Corporate Banker to CrossFit Trainer

Four o'clock in the morning is an interesting time. For some, it signals the end of an epic if not precarious night. For others, it marks the beginning of a long and grueling day. Six years ago, I was no...

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...

Should Olympic Weightlifters Bench Press?

Bench pressing is often a touchy subject when we talk about accessory training for Olympic weightlifters. Many coaches and athletes feel that bench pressing can lead to tightness in the pecs and shoulders that can directly impact a lifter's...

3 Movements to Boost Your Lagging Front Squat

As a weightlifter, a lagging front squat is about as nagging as something can get. Recently, I was able to power clean nearly 88% of my clean, for a triple, on an OK day. According to Ursula Garza Papandrea...

Pulling Variations to Increase Leg Drive in the Snatch and Clean

Leg strength is critical in weightlifting movements. During the first pull of both the snatch and clean, knee extension takes place to bring the bar path up and into the lifter. In the event a lifter exhibits poor balance...

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...

I’m a Weightlifter: Here’s What I’ve Learned From CrossFit Athletes

Over the past 10 years, I have found myself in between various training mentalities. In high school, it was to look better, and get “bigger, faster, stronger” for football, baseball, and track. When my athletic career came to an end,...

6 Strategies to Get Through Tough Strength Training Sessions

“Friends may come and go. But two hundred pounds is always two hundred pounds.” - Henry Rollins On paper never have truer words been spoken: two hundred pounds will forever be 200 pounds, but it doesn’t mean it will feel...

How High Should Your Elbows Be In the Jerk?

“Elbows Up!” We have all heard this cue (elbows up, meaning 90 degrees/perpendicular to the torso) during the jerk, where a coach or fellow lifter repeatedly urges the lifter to drive their elbows up while holding the weight in the...

15 Things Only CrossFitters Understand

When asked why we love CrossFit® training, most of us will tell you it’s all about the community and personal growth we’ve experienced since joining a box. In herds, people sign up to give the sport a try, and...

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3 Reasons Why You Should Perform Cardio After Lifting

Cardio and lifting; can they co-exist in your workout program? In short, yes. They both have benefits and can improve the other's performance. Cardiovascular...

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