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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
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......
How to keep the PRs Rolling, Mike Gray
How to keep the PRs Rolling
Mike Gray  |  October 28 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Remember your first year or two of Olympic Weightlifting when you were literally hitting PR’s every week? Remember how awesome that felt? I remember guys who would train at the same place I did actually start plotting where they would be a year from where they were at the time and say things like “Well if I keep up at this rate I am snatching 80k now but in a year I should be doing 150K”! There aren’t many things better for a lifter than a new PR. It feels so good and we......
Heaving Snatch Balance: I'm Sorry for Doubting You, Greg Everett
Heaving Snatch Balance: I'm Sorry for Doubting You
Greg Everett  |  October 27 2011  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Until maybe a year ago, I typically wrote off the heaving snatch balance as more of a piece in a teaching progression than a useful exercise. But in the last year, I've started using it more and more with some of my lifters and have decided it's actually one of my favorite exercises. First, for those of you not familiar with the exercise, it's pretty simple: Start with the feet in your squat position and the bar on your back with a snatch grip. Dip at the knees smoothly and heave the bar up ......
Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel, Matt Foreman
Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel
Matt Foreman  |  October 25 2011  |  General Training
MULTI-TASKING!! Everybody knows what this is, right? I’m sure you do, because our society is obsessed with it. We’re all expected to be able to juggle several jobs at the same time, making every one perfect and not showing any fatigue or frazzle. That’s the way of the world nowadays. No wonder you can’t watch TV for more than ten minutes anymore without seeing a commercial for anti-anxiety medication. I think I’m going to officially nam......
Weighted Dips for Football Players, Greg Everett
Weighted Dips for Football Players
Greg Everett  |  October 24 2011  |  Ask Greg
Joe Says: Hey guys I am a new subscriber to your site its awesome! I have a question for you? Our OL coach (High School Football) wants the entire OL/DL to do heavy weighted dips after each workout. I am opposed to this for several reasons. Kids use lousy form on dips! We do Bench Press and Pushups once a week adding 5 reps on the pushups each week.( I feel that’s more than enough tricep work in –season. We Squat and RDL once a week. Clean and Chin-ups once a......
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