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Introduction to the Agility Ladder, Robb Wolf
Introduction to the Agility Ladder
Robb Wolf  |  June 30 2007  |  General Training
The warm-up process we use at NorCal Strength & Conditioning has gone through many evolutions over the past few years. We have used iterations of the CrossFit Warm-up©, running, rowing and jump rope with varying levels of interest and success. At present we use a mono-structural warm-up, typically a run or row followed by dynamic range of movement activities, and one of the following: The Burgner Warm-up or Hatch Warm-up and recently the addition of agility ladder work. The agility lad......
Hooked on Stumptuous, Robb Wolf
Hooked on Stumptuous
Robb Wolf  |  April 30 2007  |  General Training
I have a confession to make. I’m a closet junkie (now out) for a Chick Fitness Site. No… it’s not one of THOSE sites. It’s a kick-ass site that covers everything from O-lifting to sound nutrition and even fighting! The name of the place is Stumptuous. You have likely tracked this place down already and are a fan as well. If not, you will be soon. Bold statement? Just to give you a flavor of the goodies waiting to entertain, edify and educate, here is one section found in......
Grappling as a Woman, Heather Gibbons
Grappling as a Woman
Heather Gibbons  |  February 23 2007  |  General Training
When you find yourself down on your hands and knees in a room full of SWAT officers, you’re bound to question some of the decisions you’ve made. When one of those officers is tucked in behind you and draped over your back, those questions in your head are asked more earnestly. For that split second five years ago, I questioned what I was doing in a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class. Then I rolled him into a leg lock. The truth is, man or woman, grappling can be awkward and that’s s......
The Romanian Deadlift, Gabe Rinaldi
The Romanian Deadlift
Gabe Rinaldi  |  January 31 2007  |  Olympic Weightlifting
History The Romanian Deadlift (RDL) is one variation out of several to lift or pull the barbell up the body. Other pulls include conventional deadlifts, sumo deadlifts, snatch pulls, clean pulls, straight leg deadlifts, stiff leg deadlifts, and high-pulls to name a few. Due to the seemingly infinite number of ways to pull the barbell and the variety of naming systems employed for this family of exercises, the Romanian Deadlift is often misunderstood or criticized. From my readings and discussi......
The Olympic Weightlifting Squat, Greg Everett
The Olympic Weightlifting Squat
Greg Everett  |  November 15 2006  |  Olympic Weightlifting
The squat is foundational to the Olympic lifts as a position, a movement and a strength exercise. Without a well-developed and consistent squat, neither pulling technique nor pulling power will produce entirely successful Olympic weightlifting. The great natural physical variation among athletes dictates that there will never be a universally perfect prescription for body positioning, but irrespective of this variation, the fundamental principles remain consistent. Continued reliance on them wil......
Training Weaknesses with Dumbbells, Michael Rutherford
Training Weaknesses with Dumbbells
Michael Rutherford  |  June 12 2006  |  General Training
As you will discover, training with dumbbells offers multiple benefits. Their universal application makes them perfect for athletic training.  As a coach, one of the most potent applications for the dumbbell is the use of unilateral training to address weaknesses on one side of the body. Unilateral training is simply working a single side of the body with one dumbbell. Most all of us have a weaker side. These weaknesses are generally on the non dominating side of the body. The weak......
The Shoulder - Back Flexibility Connection, Greg Everett
The Shoulder - Back Flexibility Connection
Greg Everett  |  May 22 2006  |  General Training
Inflexible shoulder girdles are a commonly overlooked cause of lower back injuries and pain. If the shoulders are unable to open fully (extend the arms vertically), the overhead position is not actually overhead. Therefore, when attempting to lift the arms overhead, the lumbar spine tends to hyperextend, rotating the torso backward to allow the arms attached to the partially opened shoulders to extend vertically. The ability to fully open the shoulder, then, is integral to long-term functionalit......
Dietary Cure for Acne: Interview with Dr. Loren Cordain, Robb Wolf
Dietary Cure for Acne: Interview with Dr. Loren Cordain
Robb Wolf  |  May 5 2006  |  Nutrition
In this months Performance Menu we have a brief interview with Prof. Loren Cordain regarding his new E-book The Dietary Cure for Acne: http://www.dietaryacnecure.com/. (we managed to pester him with a few other questions as well). Professor Cordain, please tell our readers about your new E-book, The Dietary Cure for Acne. How is this information different than the information one might get from the dermatologist? Although the medical and dermatology communities generally have gone on ......
Diet and Stature, Robb Wolf
Diet and Stature
Robb Wolf  |  April 28 2006  |  Nutrition
Nicki and I were shopping in Trader Joe’s the other night and the woman ahead of us was having an interesting conversation with the cashier. She was buying a whole slew of soy products and the cashier said he just read a news piece about the possible health downsides of soy. The woman (about 5’ tall) said she was from Japan and that soy products had been part of the diet for thousands of years and if there was a problem with soy she would have heard about it by now. I chimed in that ......
Skin Condition as Indicator of Health, Robb Wolf
Skin Condition as Indicator of Health
Robb Wolf  |  April 25 2006  |  Nutrition
Art Devany has made the point for years that aesthetics are key indicators of health status and have potent evolutionary underpinnings. Here is a classic example of this concept with regards to the skin condition vitiligo. For those unfamiliar with the condition, vitiligo is a loss of pigmentation in sections of the skin.  This first paper points to vitiligo occurring amidst several other autoimmune conditions: 1: Indian J Dermatol Venereol Lep......
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