The SAW Showdown 2017: Chicago Weightlifting Meet

Chicago has strong weightlifting roots, and The Strength Agenda is committed to push for continued growth in our local community. While much of our efforts to share our knowledge and experience is open to all, we’re excited to run The SAW Showdown as a unique opportunity for lifters in the Midwest area. This year, the […]

Life Hack Pt. 2: Hand Care

Image Source  When I first moved out to California to train under Glenn Pendlay, Donny Shankle look at my hands one night at dinner and said “Boy, better clean those hands up or you’ll be sorry.” Sure thing the next day wer were working doubles in the snatch and guess what? I ripped a big […]

Get Stronger in a Month: 3 Free Programs to Try

Strong Programming. Affordable Pricing. You show up the gym everyday ready to train. Ready to put the work in, sweat, tear up your hands, move your body. But no matter how much you do, your max out days lead to frustration. Maybe you’ve thrown a shaker bottle in frustration. Sound familiar? Training doesn’t have to […]

What Is A Hungarian Core Blaster?

Image Source  We all want one, whether you’d like to admit it or not, we all need to have a strong back and posterior chain to be at the top of our game. One tool which has been used for years to achieve such a thing is the Hungarian Core Blaster. This implement with a […]

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Olympic Lifting for Athletic Performance

This article was written by Derek Simpson, a Sports Performance Coach here at The Strength Agenda. Derek is also a weightlifter on TeamSAW and a former collegiate football player. _____________________________________ Just a quick Google search will give you hundreds of results with varying opinions on the topic of Olympic Weightlifting (often referred to as “The […]

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Squats vs Pulls

What are the two things you notice about most of the top international lifters that you idolize and look up to? Is it their broad roadmap of a back or their tree trunks for legs? If one or both of those was your answer then you know some of key pieces to being a great […]

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You’re Fired: 5 Reasons to Dump Your Olympic Weightlifting Coach

By Amber Sheppard This piece was written by Amber Sheppard, a weightlifting coach and all-around awesome human out of Mississippi. Amber founded and currently runs the non-profit Mississippi Barbell, the first USAW club in that state. She is the top ranked female USA Weightlifting coach in Mississippi, has coached national and international athletes (medalists in power lifting […]

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How to Tell You Need a Weightlifting Coach

If this article had been written ten years ago, the advice would have been different. It wouldn’t have been “Do you need a weightlifting coach?”. It would have been “Good luck finding one, whether you need one or not.”. Thanks to a surging popularity in the sport combined with major advancements in technology and social […]

2016 American Open Preview

Image Source It’s that time again, boys and girls. The nation’s best have converged on the World Center Marriott in Orlando, FL for the USAW American Open Championships. Coming off of the 2016 Olympics some of the big names may be sitting this one out for some much deserved mental rest or to heal up […]

DIY Lifting Straps

What’s going on? If you are a long time subscriber of the site, you may remember this gem of a video on how to make simple lifting straps. But the other day I got asked in the gym how I made my pair that are from this video (and that are still holding strong by […]