PAIN: The Kind That Goes Away, and the Kind That Doesn’t
When I was in my 20s, I had a lot of roommates. You remember those years, right? It’s when you’re young, going to school, living in crappy rental houses and apartments ... Continue reading
Getting Through a Five-Year Setback
You’ve all heard the old expression, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So I’m gonna write approximately 1,000 words about a picture.
These articles on the Catalyst Athletics website are always accompanied by a photo. Whe... Continue reading
Mobility for People Who Hate Doing Mobility
Let me start this pile of words off with two things...
1. I hate mobility work. When I get to the gym, I want to lift, not roll around on a bunch of over priced dog toys for 30 minutes. I don’t read books about it or pore over videos of people strapp... Continue reading
Understanding Sleep for Optimal Recovery & Productivity
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... Continue reading
Lift Before You Lift: Weightlifting Training Warm-ups
You all know how I feel about warming up. I've spent a lot of time explaining it. If you've missed it somehow, I'll distill my thesis to its essence: If you're not ... Continue reading
Shut Up, Flexibility
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 wi... Continue reading
Warm-up Early: Weightlifting Training Mobility & Preparation
Not all of us have the luxury of a schedule that allows the following, but you may still be able to pull off something similar. One of the great things about training twice a day i... Continue reading
Spasm! Dang it! Differentiating between Pain & Injuries in Weightlifting
We’re all such a bunch of little go-getters, aren’t we?
We love to train hard. One of the big pleasures in our lives is going to the gym and working our asses off un... Continue reading
Finding Doctors With Answers
Let me tell you a fun little story.
Back around 1999, I went to see a doctor about the pain in my knees. Like most of you, knee pain was nothing new and I was used to living with it. But in this situation, mine was nasty enough that I decided to take the ad... Continue reading
Training with Pain, It's Such a Happy Thing
A neat little motivational motto has been gaining popularity in recent years. It’s the one that says, “Pain is weakness leaving the body.” You’ve seen it, right? It’s all over t-shirts, gym posters, etc.
“Pain is weakness... Continue reading