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The Protein Debate: Dr. Loren Cordain & T. Colin Campbell
Loren Cordain | Nutrition | March 19 2008 | Comments (7)

Introduction Protein plays a litany of roles in living systems: structural elements, peptide hormones, cell recognition, antibodies… the list is staggering and continues to grow as our understanding of biology expands. What, however, is the role of dietary protein in health and disease in humans? Is the source, type and quantity intimately and directly tied to optimal physical developmen...... Continue reading
CrossFit Criteria
Greg Everett | General Training | February 29 2008 | Comments (18)

[NOTE: I wrote this article in February 2008, at a time when CrossFit as an actual competitive sport was very young and still in its earliest phase of development. Since that time, more standards have been implemented in the CrossFit Games and those of you who were not around prior to the current era may not understand what all the fuss herein is about. You'll just have to believe me that this was...... Continue reading
Dumbbell Unilateral Training Alternatives
Michael Rutherford | General Training | January 31 2008 | Comments

If you are in the strength and conditioning game long enough you are going to encounter structural and muscular imbalances along the way. These imbalances and weakness occur naturally and by way of accident or injury. Rarely if ever will these situations correct themselves. The least offensive result is a decrease in performance. The most offensive result is a career ending injury. The old cli...... Continue reading
Kyphosis & Shoulder Mobility: Practical Correction
Robb Wolf | General Training | November 28 2007 | Comments (10)

Working as a generalist strength & conditioning coach using CrossFit methodology appears to be a case of “Jack Of All Trades, Master Of None” and in some sense this may be accurate. I teach some gymnastics, but I am not a gymnastics coach and will never develop an athlete to even an “A” level gymnast. We play with the Olympic lifts and although I am a “USAW Club C...... Continue reading
Developing the Iron Cross
Steven Low | General Training | November 1 2007 | Comments (10)

Training for the iron cross is no joke. The long-term difficulty of attaining this move is similar to the time it takes to acquire strength moves like the planche. It is very hard to see consistent progress over a couple of weeks; however, looking at the big picture the strength gains are incredible. Thus, it is recommended that iron cross development should only be undertaken by very motivated at...... Continue reading
Building A Lifting Platform on a Slope
Greg Everett | Equipment | September 13 2007 | Comments (14)

You want an outdoor weightlifting platform. Maybe indoor space is limited, or maybe you just want to boost testosterone with 20-rep squats in the sun. But for some silly reason, the folks who built your facility were concerned with water drainage and the area in which you want your platform is sloped. Sloped weightlifting platforms, it turns out, don't work well. I ran into this problem w...... Continue reading
Modifying a Sled for Use on Cement
Greg Everett | Equipment | September 13 2007 | Comments (1)

Pulling a metal sled on a cement surface is problematic for two primary reasons: first, the skids will eventually be ground away leaving you with an entirely useless piece of equipment, and two, the neighbors don't appreciate the sound of metal scraping over cement for extended periods of time. Instead of spending money on a new sled, spend $10 and 30 minutes on some aftermarket modification ...... Continue reading
The Romanian Deadlift
Gabe Rinaldi | Olympic Weightlifting | January 31 2007 | Comments (1)

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 e...... Continue reading
The Olympic Weightlifting Squat
Greg Everett | Olympic Weightlifting | November 15 2006 | Comments (10)

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 irrespec...... Continue reading
Training Weaknesses with Dumbbells
Michael Rutherford | General Training | June 12 2006 | Comments (4)

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...... Continue reading
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