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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 […]

Meditation for Athletes: 2 Ways to Try it

From the Seattle Seahawks to Olympic darlings Misty May-Treanor & Kerri Walsh, many athletes have proclaimed the virtues of meditation for better performance. Those who practice claim they can focus better and more clearly during training and competitions, can handle and reduce pain, eliminate fear (specifically fear of failing during competitions), reduce stress, and ultimately, […]

Training Weightlifting And Powerlifting

Strength sports are increasing in popularity so it comes as no surprise that many people are suiting up and stepping on to the platform for the first time. What is interesting is the increase in “hybrid athletes” at these competitions: those who compete in both weightlifting and powerlifting*. We’ve already explored the differences between weightlifting […]

I Dream of Weightlifting

Recently, I watched the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, a biopic on an 80+ year old sushi chef who has spent 75 years perfecting his craft of sushi-making. One of the biggest takeaways from the movie is the idea that whatever you engage in, you must seek perfection. It’s not that you need to become perfect — […]