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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 ......
They'll never take us alive, Matt Foreman
They'll never take us alive
Matt Foreman  |  November 30 2011  |  General Training
Does anybody here ever feel like they suffer from paranoia? I guess before you all start answering yes or no, let’s get an actual definition of what paranoia is. Paranoid thinking is when a person is heavily influenced by the fear that there is some kind of threat against them, and this fear can become so intense that the person becomes delusional. Basically, being paranoid means that you think everybody (or everything) is out to get you. You walk around freaked out because ......
Some nice soothing music to piss us all off, Matt Foreman
Some nice soothing music to piss us all off
Matt Foreman  |  November 15 2011  |  General Training
You all like music, right?   I’m going to assume the answer to that question is yes, and I’ll also wager that you probably like to have music playing when you train. Many of you have probably shopped around on I-Tunes and set up some playlists that are specifically for the gym. You picked music that makes you feel good, the type of stuff that gets your motor running and builds up some energy for your workouts.   I don’t think there’s any question that music ......
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......
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