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How to Improve Running Without Sacrificing Strength

Functional fitness typically attracts two groups of people: those who like to lift weights, and those who like to do cardio. So every time the coach writes up a running WOD on the whiteboard, you're likely to hear two...

Russian vs. American Kettlebell Swing: Which Is Best for You?

The kettlebell swing is a ballistic, explosive movement seen throughout strength and conditioning realms, functional fitness competitions, and everyday fitness. Two popular variations are the Russian and American kettlebell swing. A photo posted by E D U A R D...

These Are 32 Things Strong Women Do Not Want to Hear On Dates

Let's set the scene. You have a date coming up with a super cool lady, and you find out soon after she's really into lifting. Now you're no stranger to the gym, but you're not heavily involved in strength sports...

Get Stronger Single-Handedly: Starting with the Strongman Circus Dumbbell

Weightlifters are the kings of the overhead lifts. A lifetime dedicated to moving a barbell from floor to overhead looks effortless through perfect technique and practice. It becomes second nature to the athlete, just like walking down the street. This...

Olympians and Pioneers: Celebrating American Weightlifting’s Female Greats

I am a weightlifting fan. More specifically, I am an American Weightlifting Fan. Don’t get me wrong, I love watching Lydia Valentin and cheered my heart out for her to medal at the Olympics, but there’s something different about...

How to Program Speed Work for Raw Powerlifters

Speed work for raw powerlifting gets a bad rep sometimes, and I can understand why. Lots of equipped lifters swear by the power of speed work to help increase a one-rep maxes, but when a raw guy tries to...

Should You Switch from Weightlifting to Powerlifting?

I’m a mystery to many people, especially in terms of my lifting. What do I do, if I even train at all? The short answer: My initial focus and true love is weightlifting. The slightly longer answer: My initial focus and...

Maximize Your Split Jerk With These 4 Jerk Variations

The split jerk can be a challenging component of the clean & jerk, one that often separates the best of lifters. When training the jerk, there are numerous variations and assistance exercises that can be used to help isolate specific...

The Most Jaw-Dropping Strongman Feats of the Last Decade

The most exciting moment in sports is when something that isn’t supposed to happen, does. In football it can be an overtime win from a team that was down 28 points in the first half or a 40 year...

5 Big Predictions for the 2017 Strongman Season

The sport of Strongman is growing exponentially worldwide. With new talent joining the sport every week, weights that seemed the pro standard a few years ago are now training poundages in most gyms.   Recently, I pondered how quickly we...

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Here’s Your First Look at the Reebok CrossFit Games Obstacle Course

With the simple caption of “Meanwhile in Madison…” Dave Castro has revealed the first images of the obstacle course that we can expect to...

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