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4 Ways To Improve Your Grip Strength For Big Lifts

4 Ways To Improve Your Grip Strength For Big Lifts

  1. Are you training your grip to improve your lifts? 
  2. Are you aware that a stronger grip will improve your shoulder stability? 
  3. Are you aware that there are a few grip variations that you might be neglecting? 

If you’re serious about strength, performance, and not having to screw around with injury then you need to invest time in giving your grip strength an upgrade. There are several methods you can employ to improve your grip strength and I am going to cover 4 of them here. Buckle that chinstrap and get ready!

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3 Ways To Develop Functional Speed For Optimal Athleticism

3 Ways to Develop Functional Speed For Optimal Athleticism

Today I wanted to pull this killer article on functional speed direct from my archives for you. I published this article all the way back on July 8th, 2009! It’s hard to believe this one is 9 years old, but I promise the information is still valid.

In fact, it doesn’t matter whether you’re looking to develop a high level of fitness, or looking to compete in a sport you’re going to find this article very useful. Give it a read and apply this to your training and drop me some feedback on your progress in the comment section below the article here.

  1. Are you an athlete looking to develop functional speed for your sport or competitive event? 
  2. Are you interested in learning a new way to condition your body for your HIIT workouts? 
  3. Are you looking to build speed while also learning how to build an athletic body? 
  4. Are you interested in enhancing your reaction time and coordination?  

Are you looking to build functional speed? Functional speed in the context of this article is a fancy way of saying running fast with precision and confidence. We all have wanted to be fast a one time or another and that mindset has certainly not changed in today’s competing athletes. I have spent my entire career working with athletes at all levels of competition to enhance their athleticism and functional speed development. The two main things that most all of these athletes have in common is that they want to be strong and they want to be fast!

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Death Elbows Of The Bench Press

Death Elbows Of The Bench Press

  1. Are you familiar with the death elbows of the bench press? 
  2. Are you struggling with making gains with your barbell bench press? 
  3. Are you experiencing neck and shoulder pain when you bench press? 
  4. Has your bench press day become a dreaded activity because you’re experiencing a lack of progress? 

For today’s article I want to talk about the barbell bench press and how you’re killing your gains with what I refer to as the death elbows. Death elbows involve you performing the barbell bench press with poor technique due to you flaring out your elbows during the press and causing you to bleed yourself of power during the movement. Read carefully because you might suffer from death elbows when performing the barbell bench press and I’m including some tried true remedies here that will help you to resolve this problem and immediately improve your strength for the lift!

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5 Strength Exercises To Use For A Lifetime Of Strength And Function

5 Strength Exercises To Use For A Lifetime Of Strength And Function

  1. If you had to pick 5 exercises to use for the rest of your life would they include these? 
  2. Are you training to build optimal fitness and function over the long haul? 
  3. If you had to could you pick 5 exercises for yourself to sustain your fitness and function for a lifetime? 
  4. What exercises would you choose? 

To me strength exercises should be about functionality and functionality is about quick and easy application. In addition to this strength is also the goal.

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Why You Shouldn’t Perform Box Jumps As A Conditioning Drill

Why You Shouldn’t Perform Box Jumps As A Conditioning Drill

So today I pulled this article from the archives on training the box jump. As far as training for power and athleticism the box jump is supposed to be fairly idiot proof, especially if you compare it to trying to learn more complex movements such as Olympic lifting.

With that being I’ve still witnessed many people who butcher the box jump while training on their own. I thought today was good time to pull this article from the archives to help you in case your were in doubt about your box jumps. I know you’re going to find this article very helpful!

  1. Are you incorporating more athletic based drills into your strength and conditioning workouts? 
  2. Are you performing box jumps during some of your athletic workouts? 
  3. Do you execute box jumps like a conditioning drill? 
  4. Are you performing box jumps in a way to maximize benefit and minimize stress on your joints? 

So today I decided to get away from improper squatting, improper deadlifting, and improper kettlebell swing technique and switch over to another problem and address the improper use of the box jump exercise. Today I’m going to hit on why box jumps shouldn’t be used as a conditioning drill in your strength and conditioning program. If you’ve been using box jumps as a conditioning drill then make sure you take a minute to pump the brakes and read this article. You’ll be thanking me for it later.

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