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The Three Wisemen

Stop me if you have heard this one before. Three coaches walk into a weight room. A powerlifter. An Olympic lifter. And a “functional” coach. The powerlifter says to the others. “The squat and press are how you train athletes.” The Olympic lifter says “If I had it my way, I’d only clean and snatch […]

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Time Management

I am the first to acknowledge skill work should be the number one priority in any sport at almost any level.  Most of us are not dealing with elite level talent, and even the greatest physical specimen will be out matched on the playing field by more skilled competition.  However, let’s not forget the primary […]

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Training vs. Exercise

Training vs. Exercise – The world we live in today, we want immediate results.  We want our news faster, our cars with flux capacitors, and we want food in our bellies the second the thought pops in your head.  Yes, we are a busy people, and damn it, why should we have to wait for […]

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A Few Quick Considerations For Training the Shoulder

A few quick points on training the muscles of the upper back. I want to build of the article I posted a couple weeks ago discussing reducing injuries with our athletes and different strategies we can employ in our strength program.  We really only scratched the surface, and the videos I posted focused on the […]

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Easy Modifications for Throwing Athletes

With over 80% of the clientele at Cressey Performance consisting of baseball players, we’ve come to appreciate some of the unique demands of overhead throwing athletes. And, perhaps no adaptation in these shoulders is more important to consider than the loss in scapular upward rotation. Research has demonstrated that baseball players (and presumably tennis, swimming, […]

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What is Periodization and Why is it Important? By Karsten Jensen

What is periodization and why is it important? By Karsten Jensen, MSc, Strength Coach, Author of The Flexible Periodization Method. www.yestostrength.com Periodization is a division of a longer training cycle into periods with different goals, structure and contents of the training program. These periods, with different goals, different structures and different content are sequenced in […]

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Mini-History of Strongman Training

We’ve shared some of Strongman Competitor Dave Pankow’s thoughts on training, so we found it fitting to include this short documentary on Strongman training.  It is by no means a complete historical synopsis of the sport, but it shares some interesting information about the recent history. Strongman training has been used for over 100 years, […]

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“Preparing for Strength” A Strongman Training Series, Pt. 2 – Dave Pankow, RKC

“Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.” ~Lucious Annaeus Seneca      Success does not happen by accident.  Hard work and planning are the foundation of success in any walk of life. This article will more clearly define the remaining 3 bullet points from part 1. 4.  Schedule your training sessions and hold yourself accountable: […]

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Practical is the New Functional

I love innovation. I love new exercise variations.  I love learning new methods.  I love new technology.  It’s fun for me to watch new trends come and go, and I enjoy trying to predict what’s coming. Over the past year, however, it’s been hammered home time and time again that practicality is one of the […]

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Combination Lifts: Wasteful vs. Meaningful

There’s definitely something to be said about training efficiently. We don’t always get an optimal amount of time to accomplish our needs, so it’s sometimes important to exercises with several movements per rep or combine lifts. Implementing multifaceted exercises has sort of stemmed from the need to feel original, get a lot done in minimal […]

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