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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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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 […]

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 […]

Effective Communication Between Coach And Athlete

When naming skills a successful individual should possess, communication should be at the top of the list. It seems like a no brainer but it seems to be a hard attribute to find in coaches or weightlifting these days. Without communication, from both sides, a coach/athlete relationship will be doomed to fail. Expectations Of A […]

EMOM: What Is It And Why You Should Care?

EMOM, or every minute on the minute, is a term most folks affiliate (see what I did there) with Crossfit. It’s a popular modality of training that involves a movement or two done on the minute for 1-10 reps, depending on the movement, and the athlete has the remainder of the minute to recover for […]