Rotate 1 Minute a Day for a Healthier Spine and Improved Performance

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

IWF Approves 8th Women’s Weight Class, Eliminates Bodyweight Tiebreaker from Competition

Editor's update: The new 90kg women's weight class has been formally adopted by the International Weightlifting Federation. The new women's weight class breakdown is 48kg, 53kg, 58kg, 63kg, 69kg, 75kg, 90kg, +90kg. In breaking news that was first announced this...

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...

Weightlifter Max Lang Tries a CrossFit Class, Proceeds to Suffer Like the Rest of...

Max Lang is an elite weightlifter from Germany and competed in both the 2014 and 2015 World Weightlifting Championships. (He finished 14th in 2014 and 12th in 2015, adding 9 kilograms to his total in that time.) Lang, who lifts...

The Cold Hard Truths About Ice Baths and Muscle Recovery

Ice baths, or cold water immersion (CWI), have long been used by high level strength and power athletes to enhance recovery from high intensity matches and training sessions. Although the exact mechanisms are not fully understood, there are some conflicting...

Weightlifter Profiles: Junior American Record Holder Megan Seegert (48kg)

On Saturday, September 3rd, I had the chance to catch up with Megan Seegert at the Hassle Free Invitational in Sacramento. In 2016, Seegert has been one of the most productive American Junior aged athletes. At the Junior World...

Watch Dmitry Klokov Climb a Giant Sand Dune with a 60kg Barbell on His...

Retired Russian weightlifter Dmitry Klokov spent a decade as one of the world's top Olympic lifters, and his resume includes a World Championship, European Championship, and Olympic silver medal (Beijing, 2008). But while he retired from international weightlifting in 2015, Klokov...

Finding Your Why: What to Do When Motivation Goes Away

In the beginning of any new adventure, especially a measured athletic adventure, sheer excitement is usually motivation in itself. Everything has a learning curve that makes the beginning challenging, but almost immediately rewarding. Every week you get a little...

Digging Deep: What It Means to Endure Pain in Strongman and Other Strength Sports

It is one thing to study war And another to live the warrior’s life -Telamon of Arcadia, 5th century B.C. Mercenary Chose an individual sport; any one of them: Triathlon? Singles sculling? Wrestling? Sport fighting? Strongman? All are quite different in the demands...

Should Weightlifters Do Behind The Neck Jerks?

The behind the neck jerk is a viable training option for both beginner and advanced weightlifters. This jerk variation improves works to improve: Leg drive in the jerk Overhead confidence and support Progressively overloading of training volume Training discomfort...