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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 […]

The Truth About Online Coaching

Tom Sroka, founder of The Strength Agenda, is a top-level weightlifting competitor, having won the 2013 American Open in the 105+kg division. He was a member on the team at California Strength, as well as an original member of TeamMDUSA. Tom has worked with elite-level coaches like Glenn Pendlay, Travis Mash, Don McCauley and Rudy […]

Do’s and Don’ts Of No Hook No Feet Movement

Image Source  It’s that time of the year again where everyone is getting their training planned out to get ready fro their next big goal (at least I hope that’s what you are doing). Volume and percentages are being determined and planned appropriately to reach that optimal peak and achieve the glory and riches you […]