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Bill Starr explains why the feet are the key to almost any lift.
Oddly enough, few strength athletes think about their feet when performing an exercise—but they should.
Seldom do people even think about their feet unless something goes wrong with them. Stub a toe badly and you will suddenly understand how important that part of your foot is for locomotion and any other athletic movement.
The feet play a critical role… Continue Reading
If you’re looking to build hamstrings, glute-hams are one effective option, as Shane Sweatt and Laura Phelps-Sweatt discuss during this CrossFit Powerlifting Trainer Course.
Get into the GHD just as you would for back extensions, except allow your knees to rest on the pads just behind the handles. Dig your toes into the foot plates, then get your body perfectly horizontal and contract your hamstrings to get vertical again, says elite powerlifter… Continue Reading
Abi Grove is member of the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar Staff, and she’s also a powerlifter who trains at Louie Simmons’ Westside Barbell in Columbus, Ohio.
Westside is a rugged, no-nonsense gym where elite powerlifters train to break world records, and Grove was intimidated when she left the comfort of five years at Lynnwood CrossFit/Local’s Gym in Washington state. She says she quickly found a lot of common ground between Westside… Continue Reading
A world record holder in powerlifting, A.J. Roberts started CrossFit to lose weight and get healthy. Now he has a bigger goal in mind: he wants to compete at the CrossFit Games. Hilary Achauer reports.
There’s a joke at Westside Barbell, the world-renowned powerlifting gym in Columbus, Ohio, about the curse of the Westside Barbell tattoo. The theory goes that once someone gets the Westside Barbell logo inked in their skin… Continue Reading
Good mornings can be done in an infinite number of ways and with several implements, says Shane Sweatt of Westside Barbell. During this CrossFit Powerlifting Trainer Course at Integrated Fitness, a CrossFit box that does sport-specific training just outside Pittsburgh, he begins by talking about good mornings with a safety-squat bar.
“We can do them seated, we can do them standing,” he says as his wife, elite powerlifter Laura Phelps-Sweatt… Continue Reading
Bill Starr explains how to incorporate isontonics and isometrics into your strength program.
The isometric concept was the brainchild of Dr. John Ziegler, a general practitioner from Olney, Md., who specialized in physical rehabilitation.
Isometrics, along with the more advanced combination of isotonics-isometrics, swept across the country almost overnight. Then in the mid-’60s, the isotonics/isometrics bubble exploded. Word had finally leaked out that along… Continue Reading
For improving jumping, explosiveness and overall athleticism, Westside Barbell’s Shane Sweatt likes training from the seated or kneeling positions.
During this CrossFit Powerlifting seminar at Integrated Fitness, a CrossFit box that does sport-specific training just outside Pittsburgh, Sweatt begins with seated box jumps. To properly execute the movement, the feet come up and are driven into the ground, the chest stays up, and the arms come back and… Continue Reading
The language of strength and conditioning is the language of human movement. So says movement and mobility guru Kelly Starrett, who also founded San Francisco CrossFit.
In this video, he and powerlifter Jesse Burdick demonstrate how they’re saying the same things but with different cues in teaching the sumo deadlift.
The first idea they tackle is “get tight.” For beginners, that can be an esoteric concept that’s difficult to grasp, Burdick says.
“If… Continue Reading