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Going From Level 3 to Level 7: Athlete & Coach Ability
Matt Foreman | General Training | December 16 2014 | Comments

Let me tell you one of the best things I know about coaching and athlete performance.   First of all, good coaching is important. If you’ve got an athlete (or an entire program) that’s stuck in a hole, inserting a good coach into the equation can change the whole landscape. Athletes can go from mediocrity to ass-kicking in a big hurry if they have the right leadership. Alexander...... Continue reading
I'm Gonna Have Me Some Fun... The Predator Cycle
Mike Gray | General Training | October 13 2014 | Comments (10)

I need to explain the title of this first before I get started. In 1987, I had just finished my freshman year of high school and I went and saw Predator in the theater. This was during Arnold Schwarzenegger’s peak, when Terminator, Commando and the Conans were all coming out and guys across the world were flocking to the gym and buying any book or magazine with him on the cover. This movie i...... Continue reading
Are You an Athlete or an Exerciser?
Greg Everett | General Training | August 11 2014 | Comments (4)

Before you even say it, no, the title isn’t a jab at CrossFitters. This has nothing to do with what sport or activity you choose to pursue, only how you pursue it. It could be CrossFit, Olympic weightlifting or golf.   With the proliferation of information and exposure to different training methodologies on the internet that we’ve seen in the last couple years in particular, the...... Continue reading
Understanding Sleep for Optimal Recovery & Productivity
Travis Cooper | General Training | April 14 2014 | Comments (1)

Sleep is the most important part of recovery when it comes to illness, depression, stress and especially training. In regards to weightlifting, without quality sleep, weightlifters cannot properly recover and reach their full potential. There seems to be a lot of misconceptions about sleep and sleep cycles, so hopefully this article will clarify a few things so you will be able to get the most o...... Continue reading
Advice: Sometimes It's Okay. But...
Matt Foreman | General Training | February 24 2014 | Comments (2)

Here’s a little story for ya… I competed in my first powerlifting meet when I was fifteen years old. Back then, I was basically a hick from the mountains who came to the city to lift against the big boys. I never had any coaching or instruction. Hell, I taught myself to lift from looking at pictures in magazines and books. I was nervous as hell before the meet, so I was pacing ...... Continue reading
Dumb Weightlifting Questions
Greg Everett | General Training | October 17 2012 | Comments (40)

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 Perf...... Continue reading
How To Avoid Sucking When You Get Older
Matt Foreman | General Training | May 15 2012 | Comments (18)

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 alon...... Continue reading
Risks, Decisions, and Courage
Matt Foreman | General Training | April 26 2012 | Comments (11)

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 li...... Continue reading
The Mental Switch
Matt Foreman | General Training | April 18 2012 | Comments (7)

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 men...... Continue reading
Conditioning Circuit Design
Greg Everett | General Training | January 11 2012 | Comments (3)

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+...... Continue reading
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