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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......
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......
Midnight Shakes for Weight Gain, Greg Everett
Midnight Shakes for Weight Gain
Greg Everett  |  October 7 2011  |  General Training
Anyone who has ever tried to gain a significant amount of weight has tried or at least heard of taking down a protein shake in the middle of the night. Most importantly, this is an opportunity to bump up caloric intake in a 24-hour period without adding more food to what is probably already an inconveniently and uncomfortably large amount. Some will also argue that it helps supply more raw material for tissue repair and growth during the time when most of this recovery is taking place: sleep. ......
Positive thinking, and other crap like that, Matt Foreman
Positive thinking, and other crap like that
Matt Foreman  |  September 26 2011  |  General Training
Ever have one of those moments that just makes your whole mood sour and pissy? I had one at the 2000 Olympic Trials in New Orleans. I was standing in the warm-up room, watching the best lifters in the country getting ready for battle. It was pretty hardcore being back there, let me tell you. Years earlier, a coach had told me that the intensity in the warm-up room at the Olympic Trials was so thick you could cut it with a knife. He wasn’t kidding, jack. So I should have been feelin......
High school kids aren't all idiots, Matt Foreman
High school kids aren't all idiots
Matt Foreman  |  September 18 2011  |  General Training
Man...it never ceases to amaze me how I seem to hear some of the smartest, deepest ideas from some of the most unlikely people.  I'm a high school English teacher.  Last week, my students turned in a personal narrative essay I assigned them.  One of the essays I read was from a student who will never, ever be confused with Ernest Hemingway.  Initially, I had this kid pegged as one of those types who will probably spend a lot of time with his han......
Love the one you're with, Matt Foreman
Love the one you're with
Matt Foreman  |  September 11 2011  |  General Training
I'm writing this blog entry on September 11th, 2011.  As the whole world is aware of, this is the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 World Trade Center terrorist attacks.  Ten years ago, we all found out that you can lose everything you have in an instant. Two years ago, my wife and I took a trip to New York City.  The first place we went when we got to the city was Ground Zero (site where the WTC used to be).  It was pretty intense to walk around the area and think about what ha......
The Jerk for Sports, Greg Everett
The Jerk for Sports
Greg Everett  |  August 5 2011  |  General Training
Mike Asks: In most sports full extension and the "follow through" are important - you drive through your legs, hips, torso, shoulders, and arms with a "follow through" after making contact with the ball, or the jaw. In doing the jerk you pull away from, or drop under, the bar as it is driven upward, so the maximum effort comes before the full extension - I can think of no other sports in which this happens. Wouldn''t then the "push press" where the drive cont......
The Bench Press: Benefits and Risks, Greg Everett
The Bench Press: Benefits and Risks
Greg Everett  |  July 27 2011  |  General Training
After curls, the bench press might be the most vilified lift among functional training enthusiasts and some in the weightlifting community. First, I like curls and I couldn’t care less about people doing them, whether for reasons of performance (yes, there are legitimate performance reasons for curls) or aesthetics, as long as in the latter situation it doesn’t interfere in any way with performance goals, assuming they exist (this is tough to do, but there are definitely cases of hug......
CrossFit to Weightlifting: Kicking the (metCon) Habit, Jocelyn Forest
CrossFit to Weightlifting: Kicking the (metCon) Habit
Jocelyn Forest  |  June 14 2011  |  General Training
The first step is admitting you have a problem. This article is about how I kicked my habit; my metcon habit. When transitioning to the sport of weightlifting, particularly when coming from a GPP addiction, it can be tough to let go. First, let me tell you how it all began. HOW I GOT HOOKED “You should be a weightlifter. You would be so good!” These were the words spoken to me by my then CrossFit coach Aimee Anaya Everett. It was 2010 and I was on a CrossFit high. As ......
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