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Form Creep

The title on this article caught caught me by surprise, but when I saw it was written by Mark Rippetoe on Starting Strength, I thought it’s probably another one of his goodies! I like to refer to Rippetoe a lot, not just in training, but when I also teach in the classroom.[…]

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Kinetic Chain Deadlifts

By now many of us have have attacked 18.4 and as per usual the Open has exposed a weakness we should aim to improve: heavy deadlifting. For many many of us, the deadlift was our first exposure to a lower body compound movement. When you think about it, its such a simple[…]

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Weekly WOD Insights 3/12/18

Lot’s of first time muscle upper/handstand pushup/walkers lately. Or damn near close calls. Keep up the great work on the part A skill work! MONDAY Bring on the RAIN! Sweat Shop Tahoe trip soon? Enjoy the outside and ultra-violet vitamins while we have it on this one! The movements inside[…]

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Fitness and Conditioning

I read this article recently and wanted to share it with you Sweat Shoppers on contrasting the concepts of fitness versus conditioning. One being more a “potential” marker of performance while the other is a skill set. While I think this article is directed moreso towards coaches, as athletes, having[…]

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Weekly WOD Overview

MONDAY Compare similar to: 1/28/14, 1/12/15, 11/8/16 Long grinder here. I made a slight modification in reps and weight for rx’d and adv this time to allow for more rounds and reps along with less standing around time. If you did advanced last time with ascending weights each round and[…]

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Let it go

In the sport of fitness, there is a myriad of exercises and skills to work on and improve. However, trying to increase your 1RM back squat by 30 lbs, while also shaving 30 seconds off your mile time, might be a tough feat. Focusing in on one goal at time allows[…]

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Core Stability

Core, core, core. We are always talking about keeping our core tight, stabilizing the core, training the core, but what exactly is the core? The core is comprised of muscles in the front, side, and back of the midsection. All these muscles work together to create core stability which is[…]

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Weekly WOD Insight 1/15/18

To prevent or not prevent the redline this week!? MONDAY Whoops. If you are all not satisfied with your performance, you can blame me getting old 😉 TUESDAY This workout will have a little different effect for each level. For Rx’d, I’d like the workout to be a “constantly-moving” grinder.[…]

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Building Stronger Pull-Ups

The importance of fundamentals can’t be stressed enough at the Sweat Shop. They are important for developing the necessary strength to perform basic movements and to reduce the likelihood of injury. They also help make skill transfer to more advanced movements easier. I made this short video to give you[…]

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Staying Fit During the Holidays

Its that time of year again. Christmas is fast approaching, and New Years is right on its tail. For many of us, the holiday season is a time  to break away from our daily routine. We usually take some time off work, some may travel to see loved ones, or go[…]

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