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Shut Up, Flexibility, Greg Everett
Shut Up, Flexibility
Greg Everett  |  June 12 2013  |  General Training
A couple weeks ago, I sent out a newsletter in which I talked about the secret to flexibility being no secret at all, but simply commitment over time to work and consistency. In other words, there are no magic tricks or secret formulas or fancy gadgets that will suddenly increase your flexibility without any work. I think a lot of people waste inordinate amounts of time reading, watching videos, planning programs in their heads, and doing everything other than actually stretching, and find thems......
A New Year at Catalyst Athletics, Greg Everett
A New Year at Catalyst Athletics
Greg Everett  |  January 1 2013  |  General Training
I’m starting off 2013 sitting in my backyard with a cup of coffee enjoying the sun and a rare day off. I tend not to be a very publicly sentimental fellow, but I have to say 2012 was an incredible year and I’m more excited for 2013 than I have been for any other year previously. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but there is something undeniably meaningful about beginning a new phase of life each year that I won’t pretend doesn’t affect me. This last yea......
Dumb Weightlifting Questions, Greg Everett
Dumb Weightlifting Questions
Greg Everett  |  October 17 2012  |  General Training
It was suggested to me by our talented editor Yael that I write an article about “dumb” weightlifting questions. I turned to the internet’s leading repositories of dumb questions—Facebook and Twitter—for some ideas. The following are some of the better ones you provided me. She told me my answers were obnoxious and unhelpful so I'll be doing a real version in the Performance Menu next month, but I figured these shouldn't go to waste. Please note that none of these a......
Weightlifting and Relationships....Yeesh, Matt Foreman
Weightlifting and Relationships....Yeesh
Matt Foreman  |  May 22 2012  |  General Training
I once broke up with a girlfriend because I had a bad squat workout. Seriously, I did. I was around twenty at the time, dating this saucy little redhead. We were having a lot of fun for a few months, baking brownies and playing Uno, all the cool stuff you do when you’re going out with somebody at that age. Then one day I went to the gym and my front squats folded me like a card table. I was convinced that my girlfriend was making me soft, that my legs were getting weak from too much Uno......
How To Avoid Sucking When You Get Older, Matt Foreman
How To Avoid Sucking When You Get Older
Matt Foreman  |  May 15 2012  |  General Training
How many of you have seen a movie called Vision Quest? It’s a 1985 flick about a high school wrestler who wants to make his mark in life by accomplishing something huge, so he decides to drop two weight classes and challenge the toughest undefeated grappler in the state. Along the way, he falls in love for the first time and has to weave through all the confusion and frustration that go along with that. It’s a fantastic story about being young, about searching for a direction to go w......
Risks, Decisions, and Courage, Matt Foreman
Risks, Decisions, and Courage
Matt Foreman  |  April 26 2012  |  General Training
This one might not grab you right at the beginning. But if you stay with me until the end, I promise we’ll get something good out of it. If you’ve read some of my other stuff, you know I’m a fan of Ernest Hemingway. I don’t know if any of you have interest in him or his works, but I’ve been reading him for years and I’ve also learned quite a bit about his life. As we know, he’s generally regarded as one of the best authors in history. But aside from ......
The Mental Switch, Matt Foreman
The Mental Switch
Matt Foreman  |  April 18 2012  |  General Training
All great athletes have a mental switch, and it should be your goal to get one too. Think of a light switch in your house. You flip it, and the lights turn on. Pretty simple, right? Well, a mental switch is in your brain. When you flip it, your mind goes to a state of perfect concentration, intensity, and confidence. The most experienced athletes usually have really effective, powerful mental switches. They can make themselves internally sharp with a snap of their fingers, just by recog......
The Superhero Complex: Stretch & Activate Easily for Squats, Greg Everett
The Superhero Complex: Stretch & Activate Easily for Squats
Greg Everett  |  April 9 2012  |  General Training
Easily the most common problem people bring up with regard to squatting is an inability to maintain the arch in their backs as they sit into the bottom position. This is not a complex problem, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to fix. Improving flexibility can be a long and tedious process, but the sooner you commit to it, the sooner you’ll get some traction and see progress. Because stretching and the like is so odious for most people, I’m always looking for ways to mak......
The Russian Baby Maker: The Best Hip Stretch You've Never Heard Of, Greg Everett
The Russian Baby Maker: The Best Hip Stretch You've Never Heard Of
Greg Everett  |  January 30 2012  |  General Training
I’ve mentioned the Russian Baby Maker a few times now on the website but have only managed to describe it briefly within a long article about warming-up. It’s a bit tough to describe without images and the name is sufficiently intriguing enough to generate quite a few requests for more information (Yes, I named it; no, I won't explain. You may be assured it's funny.) The most important thing to know when doing the RBM is that the point is to spread the hips, not the knees. We&rsqu......
Conditioning Circuit Design, Greg Everett
Conditioning Circuit Design
Greg Everett  |  January 11 2012  |  General Training
Nathan Says: Hi Greg and Aimee, Before I ask a question, I'd just like to say thank you for all the knowledge you have provided in your book. It is simply the best book on the market and will be for a long time to come. It has made me a better athlete, but more importantly, a better coach for it. Thank You. I have always been an advocate of the shorter conditioning circuit as opposed to the 20+ minutes popularized by CrossFit. The short circuits you prescribe after the workouts are excellent ......
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