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Flexibility for the Overhead Squat, Greg Everett
Flexibility for the Overhead Squat
Greg Everett  |  December 12 2011  |  Mobility & Training Preparation
Bob Asks: Sorry if this is covered elsewhere, but I could not find it in Greg’s book (which I own) or on the website. I am 44 and just starting O-lifting lessons here in Singapore. Working the normal progressions w/ a shower curtain rod. Am nearly 6’5”, so flexibility is a problem for me…have made reasonable progress with the legs, but seem to be stuck on my overhead squat. Can barely get down to a quarter squat while holding the shower curtain rod overhead when it b......
They'll never take us alive, Matt Foreman
They'll never take us alive
Matt Foreman  |  November 30 2011  |  General Training
Does anybody here ever feel like they suffer from paranoia? I guess before you all start answering yes or no, let’s get an actual definition of what paranoia is. Paranoid thinking is when a person is heavily influenced by the fear that there is some kind of threat against them, and this fear can become so intense that the person becomes delusional. Basically, being paranoid means that you think everybody (or everything) is out to get you. You walk around freaked out because ......
Olympic Weightlifting & Conditioning, Greg Everett
Olympic Weightlifting & Conditioning
Greg Everett  |  November 29 2011  |  Ask Greg Everett
Ryan Asks: I have a question on your workouts. I like your programming for the Olympic lifting and find that extremely valuable and necessary. Do you recommend high intensity metcons too? I follow your lifting but find my metcon lagging. Do you recommend both? I want to train for next years CF games. Greg Says: The answer will depend entirely on the athlete's intentions, so in your case, wanting to compete in the CF games, the answer would be "yes". (to be clear......
Some nice soothing music to piss us all off, Matt Foreman
Some nice soothing music to piss us all off
Matt Foreman  |  November 15 2011  |  General Training
You all like music, right?   I’m going to assume the answer to that question is yes, and I’ll also wager that you probably like to have music playing when you train. Many of you have probably shopped around on I-Tunes and set up some playlists that are specifically for the gym. You picked music that makes you feel good, the type of stuff that gets your motor running and builds up some energy for your workouts.   I don’t think there’s any question that music ......
A Few Words with Henry Rollins, Greg Everett
A Few Words with Henry Rollins
Greg Everett  |  November 14 2011  |  General Training
I've been a big fan of Henry Rollins for many years, from Black Flag to Rollins Band to his books and spoken word shows/CDs/DVDs. He was a very early inspiration to me as a model of self-reliance, motivation and work ethic—a guy who just wanted to put his head down and get things done without ostentation or applause, and who did nothing less than exactly what he was inspired to do. Rollins has just release his newest in a long string of books, Occupants. Check it out along with his old......
Catalyst Athletics: Our Warm-up is a Warm-up, Greg Everett
Catalyst Athletics: Our Warm-up is a Warm-up
Greg Everett  |  November 8 2011  |  Mobility & Training Preparation
Somewhere along the line, warming up became remarkably complicated. And for some, the line between warming up and training has faded to the point that I find myself compelled to say things like the title of this post. Whenever you start getting confused about what to do, a reliable course of action is to ask yourself a simple question: Why? What is the purpose of this? What am I trying to accomplish? If you can answer those questions, chances are you’ll be able to work it all out just f......
Assistance Exercises With Cool Freaky Names, Matt Foreman
Assistance Exercises With Cool Freaky Names
Matt Foreman  |  November 8 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I was inspired by Greg’s recent blog post about the heaving snatch balance. What an idea…doing a quick write-up on a specific exercise instead of training philosophy, etc. Also, I always thought the name “heaving snatch balance” was interesting. I wonder who named it that. Having the word “heaving” attached to a barbell exercise is pretty unique, and it makes me wonder about how many other creative words we can add to the names of lifts.&n......
The Push-Up: Why is This So Hard?, Greg Everett
The Push-Up: Why is This So Hard?
Greg Everett  |  November 7 2011  |  General Training
One of the things in my life that continually mystifies me is how something as simple and pure as the push-up has become so confusing and impossible for so many people. This is like the exercise equivalent of every adult in the world suddenly forgetting how to walk (yet still wanting to do the triple jump). This very issue is what caused me to add planks into every day of our introductory class series. I was embarrassed by the inability of people in the gym to do excellent push-ups and decid......
Peer Pressure Is a Good Thing, Matt Foreman
Peer Pressure Is a Good Thing
Matt Foreman  |  November 2 2011  |  General Training
Remember when you learned about peer pressure for the first time? You were probably in high school, or maybe junior high. A teacher showed you a video where a juvenile delinquent kid with a motorcycle offers drugs to a little straight-laced kid that looks like a church missionary. As the missionary kid tries the drugs for the first time, Inna Gadda Da Vida starts playing in the background and some kind of kaleidoscope effect starts happening on the screen. Three minutes later......
Trouble with the Hook Grip, Greg Everett
Trouble with the Hook Grip
Greg Everett  |  October 30 2011  |  Ask Greg Everett
Andy Asks: I have just purchased and am reading through your book now. Its is a great teaching tool. Thanks for it! I was curious about the hook grip you teach. I think i understand the technique, however it not really working out. The strength of the grip for me is very weak. I have been using it a month and just have trouble keeping that grip. Do I just need to give it more time? I have pretty stubby fingers. Is it just not optimal for everyone? I'm like 5'9- 5'10 (depends on who's asking). 8......
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