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5 Lacrosse Exercises Every Player Should Do

Don't get me wrong, a strong back and chest are important, but a quick first step and an explosive split dodge can change the face of a game. For anyone looking to improve their lacrosse skills, lower-body strength is key. Focus on these five exercises this off-season...

How to Balance Fitness & Fun During the Holidays

No, you’re not going to lose all of your hard-earned progress in the gym if you take a week or two off to travel, see family, and eat holiday treats. But for many people, slipping out of their fitness routine for a while makes it easier to do it again and again. This...

6 Landmine Exercises for Total Body Strength

Although typically used for simple core and functional-type movements, the landmine is actually an amazingly versatile tool that can be used as a primary exercise for many muscle groups. If you’re looking for a new way to build overall strength and power, give these 6...

Technique Variation Complexes for the Olympic Lifts

Improving a flaw in your technique for the snatch or C&J takes time and a ton of repetition. What’s a good method for solidifying those tiny technical gains? Making them stick is a key factor for nailing your form in competition. Brian Chambers is the owner and...

Plyometric Training: How to Progress Your Jumps & Build Athleticism

Looking for an easy and effective way to build power and athleticism? Progressing simple plyo jumps should be your first stop. Building upon moves such as the squat jump and double leg hop improves your stability, coordination, power production, and ability to absorb...

Deadlifting: The Rehab Staple

Back, knee, and/or ankle pain got you down? Don’t let it stop you from achieving your goals. The deadlift might seem out of your league when dealing with injury, but it can actually speed up your recovery process and prevent future injuries from happening again. Dr....

Basic Blood Sugar Management for Those Hefty Holiday Meals

What exactly is the relationship between insulin and blood sugar? What are those wearable patches you’ve been seeing and why are they popping up on athletes of all sports these days? If you’re not a diabetic or living with someone who is, you might have missed the...

How to Sleep Better: 5 Strategies That Actually Work

Here’s the cold, hard truth: If you don’t sleep 7+ hours a night on a regular basis, your health, fitness, and performance are SUFFERING. These five strategies help you get the quality Z’s you need to improve your fitness and quality of life. Ryan Tomanocy is a CSCS,...

3 Best Ab Exercises for Ultimate Core Strength

Not seeing any progress with your current ab routine? Bored of the same old core exercises you’ve been doing since high school? Ditch the endless crunches, sit-ups, and front planks and do these 3 movements instead for ultimate core strength. Dr. Bailey is a...

Nordic Hamstring Curls For Dummies

“These are hard as shit!” -Molly, our content editor when modeling the Nordic hamstring curl. If you've ever tried them, you can confirm. If you've heard of Nordics but never done them, or tried them only to flop on your belly a few times, this blog is for you.  Fred...

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Deadlifting: The Rehab Staple

Deadlifting: The Rehab Staple

Back, knee, and/or ankle pain got you down? Don’t let it stop you from achieving your goals. The deadlift might seem out of your league when dealing with injury, but it can actually speed up your recovery process and prevent future injuries from happening again....

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Mobility 101: A Complete Guide

Mobility is hot topic, and vital for anyone spending time in the weightroom.

The ability to have full range of motion in your muscles and joints is one of the most important aspects of training. Improving your mobility can help you workout for longer, reduces joint pain, and can reduce the risk of injury.

In this guide you’ll learn more about mobility, who it impacts, why you should be focusing on it no matter what your age or training history, and how to tame common mobility hot spots from head to toe.

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Olympic Weightlifting 101: A Complete Guide

In this article, Mike Dewar shares a basic template on how to build an Olympic weightlifting program geared toward the beginner and intermediate lifter.

Mike covers everything from the 8 goals of an Olympic Weightlifting program, how to build your own 4 week program including full sample sessions, the 5 key variables in Olympic Weightlifting, and 30 exercises perfect for beginners.

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10 ways to build an unstoppable engine for competitive crossfit

To succeed in CrossFit, you need the ability to repeat near maximum efforts with as little rest as possible.

It’s not enough to simply have a high one rep max or a large unbroken set of muscle-ups. How many reps at 90% of your max power clean can you do in 8 minutes?

In this article, Todd Nief gives us a full breakdown of the 10 ways he helps  Crossfit athletes build an unstoppable engine for competition.

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How to Zercher Squat: One Exercise to rule them all

We all want that golden ticket. The one-size-fits-all exercise and perfect program. You know – the one that makes us look like the Hulk as long as we follow that program to the T.

Well folks, that all sounds great. But in reality, we know there is no one-size-fits-all exercise, program, food, or supplement… PERIOD. However, coach Ryan Leibreich has a secret weapon exercise that will get us close; it has a lot of bang for its buck. It builds massive quads, big glutes, a wide back, and some awesome biceps. Exactly what every athlete needs.

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4 scientifically proven ways to develop explosive power

Building athletic power is one of the most desired, if not the most desired, quality in athletic performance today. It’s as important for the athlete training for the sport of life as it is for a D1 high performance athlete.

The question is…how do we optimally train it?

In this article coach Joel Smith, a long-time D1 S&C coach, gives us the lowdown on creating explosive power in the weightroom. From Olympic lifting to plyometrics, this is your one-stop guide on all things athletic power.

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Nervous system training 101: The creation of superhuman strength and athleticism

Consider the following: pound for pound apes have double the strength of a human being.
They can also jump about 30-40% higher than top human jumpers.

How is this possible given their similar amount of muscle mass?

Our simian friends have an interesting piece of their brain and spinal cord that allows them stronger muscle contractions: less grey matter.

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