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Christmas Abbott on Breaking Through Training Purgatory

In all workouts, training cycles, or programs there is a start, middle, end. The beginning is exciting! It’s fresh, so you are energized and your focus is laser sharp. You are all in, one hundred percent, doing all the...

Should Non-Olympic Weightlifters Wear Weightlifting Shoes?

Weightlifting specific shoes are commonly seen on platforms, competitions, and training facilities around the world, with many lifters left to ask themselves, “Should I get myself a pair of weightlifting shoes?” As a weightlifting coach and athlete, 10 times out...

Moving Beyond the Good, Bad, and Ugly of CrossFit

It is easy to point out the bad things that are found in gyms across America, not just at CrossFit gyms — or any gym with any methodology. If there are any methods that are possibly injurious towards the...

Athletes! Take 4 Minutes Every Day to Build Lifetime Back Health

Disclaimer from the author: If you are experiencing even slight discomfort in your back, I highly recommend consulting with a practitioner well versed in helping prevent or heal back injuries. Even if you have no pain, it is worth getting...

7 Cues To Address Common Weightlifting Faults

External and internal coaching cues play a pivotal role in the performance of an athlete in training and competition. External cues seem to have greater significance when applied during complex movement patterns, making them great coaching and training mantras...

More Protein: How Strength Athletes Can Save Time, Money, & Hassle on Nutrition

It’s a love hate relationship that anyone living the “Iron Life” is intimately familiar with. It evolves into an increasingly expensive, time consuming necessity that some never get the hang of while others seem to suffer though. It is...

I’m a Night Owl. Here’s What I Learned from Working Out at 6am

During the remaining four weeks at my first job out of college, I embarked on a little experiment otherwise known as “Morning CrossFit”. I had a new gig lined up that I was starting to get excited for, and...

How to Train Strongman in a Commercial Gym

Strongman has certainly changed a lot since it first graced our TV screens in the 70s. Back when the sport was but a baby, the events were new, exciting, and unpredictable, designed to test both the strength and ingenuity...

Is It Shallow To Want to Date Someone Who Works Out?

“Is it shallow to want to date someone who works out? Discuss,” I asked through a Facebook status. I knew the answers I’d receive would be vast, my friends from my alma mater — a small, women’s liberal arts...

Returning to Weightlifting After Time Off

Recently, I was asked by a few different athletes how I train to come back to weightlifting after taking time off whether from injury or just a break. In all honestly, I was a little stumped. I’ve had little...

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74kg Powerlifter Owen Hubbard Crushes 700kg Total In Competition

Owen Hubbard, 23, is a British Powerlifter who just put up a massive total for the 74kg weight class in competition. Hubbard has built...

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