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Powerlifting Good Mornings

By Shane Sweatt and Laura Phelps-Sweatt

In Coaching, HD Videos, Powerlifting

October 07, 2012

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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

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In Olympic Lifts, Powerlifting

October 04, 2012

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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

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Powerlifting Jumps

By Shane Sweatt

In Coaching, HD Videos, Powerlifting

September 25, 2012

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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

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The Doctor and The Deadlifter: Part 2

By Jesse Burdick and Kelly Starrett

In HD Videos, Mobility, Powerlifting

August 16, 2012

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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.

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Bill Starr offers up an air-superiority program based around squats and calf raises.

Being able to jump high is a great advantage in so many sports. After watching the NCAA basketball tournament, I am always impressed at how the men soar in the air. They not only climb ridiculously high, but they also seem to have the ability to hit a second gear and shoot up another few inches when they need… Continue Reading

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The Doctor and the Deadlifter: Part 1

By Jesse Burdick and Kelly Starrett

In CrossFit, HD Videos, Mobility, Powerlifting

July 23, 2012

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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, Starrett and powerlifter Jesse Burdick demonstrate how they’re saying the same things with different cues in the set-up for the sumo deadlift.

“The most effective positioning is the same language you’ve been using with all your friends,” Starrett says to… Continue Reading

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Failure Is Not an Option

By Shane Sweatt

In HD Videos, Powerlifting

June 23, 2012

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Training and competing optimally is a big deal. Likewise, Shane Sweatt of Westside Barbell says it’s not OK to miss lifts.

“We teach people in the U.S., ‘As long as you try hard, it’s OK.’ It’s not OK to fail if you try hard. If I have … people who are willing to try hard, I want them to succeed,” says Sweatt, who is accompanied by elite powerlifter Laura Phelps-Sweatt.

In training, the lift should end before the form breaks… Continue Reading

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Powerlifting: Maximal Effort Method

By Shane Sweatt and Laura Phelps-Sweatt

In HD Videos, Powerlifting, Reference

June 01, 2012

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At Westside Barbell, Shane Sweatt lives by the maximal-effort method.

It’s a conjugate system, “which is exactly what you guys do,” he says in this CrossFit Powerlifting Trainer Course.

The rotation of exercises not only allows for variety but can also be a useful coaching tool, says Sweatt, who is accompanied by elite powerlifter Laura Phelps-Sweatt.

“A great thing about conjugate is if I have a client come in and I can… Continue Reading

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