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Avoid Injury

By Dave Tate

In Medical/Injuries, Powerlifting, Videos

November 09, 2009

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While injuries are a part of any sport, they don’t have to happen all the time.

In his own special way—no BS with extra profanity— strength expert Dave Tate of Elite FTS offers his strategy for avoiding downtime due to injuries:

“We all do stupid shit. It’s just you want to try to stop from doing stupid shit 100 per cent of the time, and just do stupid shit, like, 20 per cent of the time.”

You may not be able to avoid a… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Powerlifting, Videos

October 27, 2009

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“I’m a meathead,” says strength and powerlifting expert Dave Tate of Elite FTS. “I have to do what I like. I want to make (my clients) stronger.”

Tate may be focused on the kind of strength that can produce an 800-lb. deadlift, but he understands that the average client wants to be good at everything, not great at anything in particular. Elite athletes, on the other hand, sacrifice competence in some fitness domains for high… Continue Reading

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In Kids, Powerlifting, Premium, Videos

October 14, 2009

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You can lecture a kid about deadlifts and lumbar and thoracic extension, or you can just tell him or her to show you the “angry-gorilla back.”

Jeff Martin of CrossFit Kids speaks a language kids understand, and he uses it to help young CrossFitters get fit safely. In this video from a CrossFit Kids Certification, Martin teaches attendees how to get children to deadlift properly with very basic instructions.

Martin has developed a simple… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Kids, Powerlifting

October 09, 2009

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Many parents let their children play football but believe weight training is too dangerous. Bill Starr examines the issue and explains how to train children safely and effectively.

As long as I have been involved in physical culture, the notion that lifting weights is harmful to young people has prevailed. This idea never made much sense to me.

I believe the assumption that lifting weights at an early age is harmful to… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Powerlifting, Videos

October 06, 2009

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Dave Tate of Elite FTS is a powerlifting expert with a 930 lb. back squat, 610 lb. bench press and 740 lb. deadlift. Greg Amundson is the original CrossFit firebreather and consistently finishes Fran under three minutes.

To give Tate a taste of what CrossFit is all about, Amundson did Fran at a private seminar held Jan. 9, 2009, at CrossFit San Diego. With Amundson 10 reps into his opening set of… Continue Reading

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In Powerlifting, Videos

September 18, 2009

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Curmudgeonly barbell expert Mark Rippetoe is not given to subtlety—which is a very good thing when you’re learning how to squat.

Coach Rip defines good form in the squat as follows: the ability to keep a barbell exactly over the middle of the foot throughout the entire range of motion. Doing so eliminates the “lever arm”—or “moment arm”—between the bar and the middle of your foot. If the bar… Continue Reading

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In Coaching, Powerlifting, Videos

September 15, 2009

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Most CrossFitters love to watch their lifting numbers move up—but are they giving themselves enough recovery time between maximum efforts?

Strength expert Dave Tate of Elite FTS explains that training heavy is far harder on the body than sub-maximal work and can require up to two weeks of recovery.

“To do max-effort work every day, it really should not be done, all right?” Tate says. “It’s going to hinder… Continue Reading

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The Squat and the Hamstring

By Mark Rippetoe

In Powerlifting, Videos

August 20, 2009

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Assisted by a mini-skeleton he calls Mr. Thrifty who “has seen better days” Mark Rippetoe discusses the importance of the squat and the hamstring. This footage is taken from a Basic Barbell Certification Seminar held on February 14, 2009 at CrossFit Brand X in Ramona, CA.

Proper squats accomplish the exercise objective of moving more muscle over a greater range of motion, allowing athletes to lift more weight and… Continue Reading

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