Thursday, August 17, 2017

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Chipotle Has a WOD? 3 Brands Jumping on the Functional Fitness Bandwagon

Strength sports like powerlifting, weightlifting, and functional fitness are steadily growing (more so in recent years). Their growth can be attributed to a few different factors, which we’ll save for another article. But strength is becoming a norm, and out of industry companies are making greater attempts at reaching fans of everything from CrossFit® training to powerlifting.

This is a good thing for strength athletes. This is pushing more companies to work harder to appeal for the strength and workout based mindset, so more products and ads are becoming relatable. Check out these three big companies jumping on the fitness bandwagon below.

1. Chipotle

A fast(ish) food company that’s loved by many strength athletes (usually post-workout) just posted a Chipotle WOD. What does it consist of? Check it out below.

We’re not saying this is the healthiest WOD we’ve ever seen, but it does look tasty. This is only one example of a big company making an attempt to reach strength athletes.

2. Michelob Ultra

On a larger scale, let’s not forget the functional fitness Super Bowl ad Michelob Ultra put out earlier this year. Their ad features a functional functional fitness workout with a handful of Reebok CrossFit Games athletes, and some of the sport’s veterans including Becca Voigt and Dan Bailey.

3. Samsung

Another factor that’s helping push outside industry companies to market fitness based content is the rise in health-related technology. Phones, wearable technology, and a plethora of apps, are all encouraging healthier mindsets and habits on a regular basis.

Companies like Apple and Samsung are only a couple of the bigger named companies striving to spearhead the fitness and technology relationship. Check out the “Working Out Is Crazy” ad Samsung put out at the end of 2016.

Are these ads all a little tongue and cheek, yes, but they do offer some (at least slightly) deeper meaning. As a nation, we’re seeing a growth of the fitness and strength-oriented mindset, and in our view, that’s never a bad thing. Strength is becoming cool(er).

Now our question for the strength athlete is: Do you like when non-fitness companies make fitness-based marketing ploys?

Feature image from Chipotle Mexican Grill Facebook page. 

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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Monday, August 14, 2017

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Rookie Alec Smith Gives Candid Recap of His First Reebok CrossFit Games

It might seem like a surprise to many fans of the sport, but the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games was Alec Smith’s first time competing on functional fitness’ biggest stage. The athlete out of Virginia Beach, VA, is no stranger to the sport or its fans, though; he’s a multi-time Regionals competitor and the younger brother of 2015 Games Champion Ben Smith.

And while it seems from the outside like Alec Smith basically grew up around CrossFit, his athletic journey has taken some pretty sharp twists and turns. Before he took up CrossFit, the former youth gymnast suffered an accident years ago that left him with two herniated discs and required reconstructive shoulder surgery. While Smith took quickly to CrossFit and weightlifting after recovery, nagging back issues occasionally slowed his progress, and an L4 fracture in 2014 forced him to take six months off from all physical activity.

After battling back from multiple physical challenges, Smith qualified as a Games Individual in 2017 and ultimately finished in 37th place (out of 39 competitors) in Madison.

On August 13th, Smith shared an insightful and candid recap of his Games experience, along with how it fits into his athletic career (so far). From Smith’s post:

I went into the CrossFit Games excited, healthy, and most importantly in the best shape I have ever been in. All of the excitement and build up literally came down to this one weekend, and as expected, it FLEW by. I have been trying to figure out a way to describe my experience without sounding completely negative and down in the dumps… but lets just say the whole weekend was a series of unfortunate events, that were all timed pretty perfectly. Before reading any further, this isn’t an excuse as to why I didn’t place well or me pin pointing it on one thing in particular. Everyone at the games is extremely fit and mentally strong. This is a reflection on my own personal journey and the roller coaster I’ve been on the past few years of my life that I wanted to share with everyone.

The entire post clocks in at nearly 1,800 words, but it’s well worth a read. If you’ve ever struggled with injury or the mental exhaustion that comes from pursuing an athletic endeavor, Smith’s post is a worthwhile read.

Featured image: Alec Smith via Facebook

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

‘Icarus’ Review — An Explosive Look at the Russian Doping Scandal

It’s interesting that the explosive new documentary Icarus — now available to stream on Netflix — is so often described as a tale of a cyclist who decided to beat a doping test. It’s absolutely riveting viewing, but don’t expect something so small-scale. Expect a bombshell.

“Average guy beats a doping test” is a great hook, and that’s how the movie starts out: filmmaker Bryan Fogel wanted to beat his best time in the multi-day cycling event Haute Route, and decides to see if he can get away with using testosterone propionate and human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG).

But like Weiner, The Queen of Versailles, and many of the greatest documentaries, the original premise quickly gives way to a bigger, stranger, unexpected storyline.

Image via Netflix/Alex Productions.

Strength sports, especially weightlifting, have been greatly affected by doping allegations, positive tests, and scandal, including in relation to Russia’s systematic doping program. (It kept their weightlifting team out of the 2016 Rio Olympics.) You may have read some of the coverage from The New York Times when the story broke last year, but Icarus — through sheer, dumb luck — provides a front row seat to the scandal’s leadup and aftermath by way of Fogel’s doping experiment.

The initial experiment kind of fizzles out. While his cycling performance increases dramatically, officials at the Haute Route didn’t wind up testing him for banned substances anyway and, due in part to a broken gearbox, he ultimately places significantly worse than the previous year.

But at the same time, his coconspirator (for want of a better term) finds himself in history-changing hot water. See, to pull off his caper, Fogel worked with the endearing Grigory Rodchenkov, the director of Moscow’s Anti-Doping Centre, who cheerfully agreed to break his industry’s code of ethics and help achieve Fogel’s goal.

Pretty quickly, the documentary becomes about Rodchenkov’s desperate struggle to expose an incredibly far-reaching conspiracy within the Russian government. Not long after the bike race, the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) releases a report that names Rodchenkov as an actor in widespread, state-sponsored doping among Russian athletes, resulting in him fleeing to Fogel’s home in the United States and going full whistleblower on the scandal.

Image via Netflix/Alex Productions.

Followers of doping-rocked sports will be fascinated by the devastating detail he goes into as he describes the various schemes he employed, which includes an elaborate system of smuggling urine out of Sochi testing centers through holes in walls and fire exits. He claims to have personally ensured that thirty medalists in the Beijing Olympics and more than half of the medalists in London would pass doping tests, and that he and his lab did so with the full authority of the Russian government and Vladimir Putin himself.

As a viewer, you may be skeptical of Rodchenkov’s claims, but the evidence mounts higher and higher as the film continues and scores of “clean” athletes from previous Olympic Games are retested and found dirty. By its end, the head of Russia’s anti-doping agency is telling The New York Times that there has been an “institutional conspiracy” in place to cheat the Olympics for years. (The following day, Russia retracted the claim.)

Image via Netflix/Alex Productions.

This is not a film about steroids, exactly. It’s no Bigger, Faster, Stronger* or Generation Iron 2. There’s not really any talk about the physical effects of steroids or the ethics of using them. Only once does Rodchenkov seem remorseful for having played is part in the conspiracy: when he suspects that the enormous medal count in Sochi emboldened Putin to invade Crimea, which seemed something of a stretch.

At one point during a heated meeting between Fogel (as Rodchenkov’s proxy) and representatives of WADA, an official asks if the former director of Moscow’s Anti-Doping Centre felt “sorry” for what he’d done. Fogel can’t answer and neither can the audience. This isn’t a knock against the film, but it’s a documentary, factual. It’s not particularly thematic — its purpose is to tell the truth and document this tumultuous year in the history of sports.

To that end, the themes of the film are truth, lies, and the post-fact era that some fear we’re living in, themes that are underscored by Snowden allusions and Rodchenkov frequently quoting his favorite book, George Orwell’s 1984. It’s a film about power, conspiracy, and the shadowy interplay of sports and politics.

Featured image via Netflix/Alex Productions. 

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Friday, August 11, 2017

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California Strength’s Dave Spitz Breaks Down the Split, Squat, and Power Jerk

California Strength’s Dave Spitz just put up an awesome video breaking down the jerk in weightlifting. He goes over all of the jerk variations, who they work best for, when to use them, and different accessories to assist each.

Before you start to think, “I already know the jerks, and which I’m best at.” That may be true, but it never hurts to learn more, especially from one of the most seasoned American Olympic lifting coaches. Plus, the jerk is often one of most complex movements a lifter can achieve. It’s a combination of speed, coordination, strength, stability, and body awareness.

Check out the video below where Spitz breaks down the three types of jerks.

There were a few key points worth calling out in text and mentioning. First, Spitz uses a cool graphic to illustrate the three jerk types. And within this graphic he breaks down what they all have in common, and then which types have physical overlaps.

The graphic below shows what every jerk variation has in common: Commitment, courage, and timing.

[The clean & jerk offers a ton of benefits, not just improving strength and power.]

After pointing out what every jerk variation has in common, Spitz shows similarities in-between each jerk area where they overlaps with one another. There’s overlap of various physical athletic traits between each jerk variation, check them out below.

Squat + Power

  • Superior Leg Strength
  • Enhanced Shoulder Mobility

Split + Power

  • More Explosive Lower Body Drive
  • More Explosive Punch Into Position

Split + Squat

  • Enhanced Quadricep Function
  • Enhanced Isometric Coreline (Transverse Abdominals)

Image courtesy CaliforniaStrength YouTube channel.

The next part of the video, Spitz goes over which type of athlete benefits best from each jerk style, the dip:drive types, various accessories to assist each, and what type of athlete will often perform/benefit from them.

Split Jerk

  • Athlete Type: Any
  • Dip:Drive: Shallow/Quick OR Deep/Controlled
  • Accessories: Foot Work Drills, Jerk Ladder
  • Application: Any (Useful for late adopter, as it’s the least difficult.)

Image: Jerk Ladder courtesy CaliforniaStrength YouTube channel. 

Squat Jerk

  • Athlete Type: Shorter Limbs and Longer Torso
  • Dip:Drive: Shallow or Deep/Controlled
  • Accessories: Tall Jerk Variation, Overhead Squat Recovery
  • Application: Early Adopter

Power Jerk

  • Athlete Type: Longer Limbs and Shorter Torso
  • Dip:Drive: Deep/Controlled
  • Accessories: Plyo Power Jerk, Behind the Neck Push Press
  • Application: Transitory

No matter what jerk style you use and practice, it’s never a bad idea to have a solid understanding of why you’re doing it, and what it requires.

Feature image screenshot from CaliforniaStrength YouTube channel. 

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

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Why Saunas Can Build Muscle, Boost Endurance, and Increase Strength

Why do so many people purposely seek out the discomfort of saunas? Think about it. The climate in a sauna is repulsively hot, often over 100 degrees Fahrenheit and 100 percent humidity. Sweat immediately starts pooling at your feet. If you were wearing clothes, they’d be instantly ruined. We pay cash money to use them and then… well, then what?

What do saunas do? They originated in Europe in the Middle Ages — probably a good thousand years ago — when people would pour water over heated stones in pits dug into hillsides. But they also appeared in Korea in the 15th century, where they were touted for their health benefits.

But what are the health benefits? Most people will say the sweat helps clean your pores and improve your mood. In the last few decades, modern science has uncovered an astonishing variety of other benefits that can have serious implications for strength athletes.

Do Saunas Really Improve Endurance?

It stands to reason (and science) that a sauna habit helps your body get more acclimated to heat. That doesn’t just mean you might enjoy tropical vacations more than sauna shunners, it means the body may become better at handling stressful, sweaty workouts.

There are a few studies that support the notion of heat acclimation improving endurance. One that was published in The Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport found that among six male distance runners, time to exhaustion increased by a whopping 32 percent after three weeks and twelve half-hour sauna sessions compared to a control group. Since the sauna users’ blood volume and plasma volume significantly increased too, they suggested there might be a correlation.

“For heavy lifters, like powerlifters or weightlifters, the improvement in stress resilience is still good,” says Ben Greenfield, a human performance consultant based in Spokane. “It improves your cardiovascular system and capillarization, which improves blood flow to muscles and improves oxygen delivery.”

Can Saunas Increase Muscle Mass (Hypertrophy)?

If you’ve spent much time reading about the physiological benefits of lifting weights, you’ve probably heard about growth hormone (GH). It’s crucial for the growth and repair of muscles, and there’s evidence that it can also help reduce body fat.

Strength training and good sleep do an awesome job of naturally increasing GH. But there’s a lot of evidence that saunas can take it to a whole new level, with some research suggesting that two 20-minute sauna sessions in a week can elevate GH levels two-fold over baseline, and that increasing the heat can result in even bigger jumps. In one study, subjects who endured two one-hour sauna sessions in a week temporarily increased their GH levels by 1600 percent — of course, an hour in an extra hot sauna might be a big ask.

“Saunas have the positive benefits of growth hormone and not the problems associated with superphysiological GH,” says Greenfield, referring to the fact that regularly injecting very high amounts of exogenous growth hormone has been linked to nerve and joint pain and a higher risk of colorectal cancer.

“It’s an endogenous boost of your natural levels of growth hormone, unlike GH injection or excessive use of some sort of GH precursor like colostrum or lots and lots of dairy,” he says. “It’s kind of like comparing natural methods of increasing testosterone, like getting lots of sunlight and having lots of sex, to exogenous testosterone, which can sometimes shut down your natural production.”

So What About Saunas and Strength Gains?

It certainly looks like there’s an effect. As mentioned above, the improved blood flow and blood volume can help to shuttle nutrients to muscles and improve recovery from tough workouts. The growth hormone is also linked to strength gains, better sleep quality, and pain relief, but there’s also a lot to talk about with regard to heat shock proteins.

In rodent studies, hyperthermic conditioning appears to induce the production of heat shock proteins, which can prevent damage caused by free radicals and support antioxidant capacity. They also appear to repair damaged proteins, ensuring proteins have their proper structure and function.

There’s evidence that heat shock proteins also help you retain muscle if you’re not training very much. One study showed that following a week of inactivity, heat-acclimated rodents retained 30 percent more muscle than a control group. We know that rodent studies don’t always transfer to humans, but these studies have a good sample size and the biological mechanism functions very similarly in humans.

Wrapping Up

While some experts recommend twenty minutes five times a week, there’s evidence that sticking to sessions of fifteen to twenty minutes two or three times a week will still have an effect on your growth hormone, endurance, and production of heat shock proteins. It’s possible that drinking some caffeine before heading into the sauna will improve fat mobilization; just be sure you also drink plenty of mineral water.

Finally, if you’re sweating it alone, be certain that someone knows you’re in the sauna just in case you get overwhelmed by the heat. It happens, and nothing is one hundred percent safe. Be smart, be safe, and talk with your doctor before making any drastic changes to your fitness routine.

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Jon Call (Jujimufu) Tries Weightlifting at Mash Elite Performance

Jon Call, or Jujimufu, is the self-proclaimed ‘anabolic acrobat’ that I can almost guarantee you’ve seen on Instagram at some point in your lift. He’s one of the few strength athletes who can pull off holding a splits on top of chairs, while holding a barbell over his head.

In fact, he was on America’s Got Talent back in 2016 for his crazy acrobatic strength. Now you’re probably thinking, “Oh I have seen him, wait, that’s Jon Call?” Yup. If you’re still lost, check out the video below, and you’ll quickly gain an understanding of who Call, or Jujimufu is.

Recently, Call has been pumping out some awesome YouTube videos. And we thought one of his last videos was deserving of an article. It features Call training and learning Olympic lifting at Mash Elite Performance with some of the most renowned weightlifting coaches in the United States, including Travis Mash and Don McCauley.

Personally, I think this video is great because it shows Call, a weathered strength athlete, starting from ground zero. Olympic lifting can be intimidating to start, so seeing someone like himself with his experience learning from scratch is humanizing. But that’s not all, here a few other aspects that made this video great.

  • Awesome coaching with feedback from Travis Mash & Don McCauley.
  • Clips of Nathon Damron, Morgan McCullough, and others in the background.
  • A pretty cool BarBend banner in the background *cough cough*.
  • Movement walk-through commentary from the coaches and Call, along with what Call had previously thought before being corrected.
  • Hints of Clarence Kennedy coming in the next couple of months to lift with Call and at Mash.

Besides the coaching in the video, the last point is pretty dang exciting. Not to mention, Mash talks about having him and Damron go head to head with squats. Now that would be an epic squat battle.

Feature image screenshot from Jujimufu YouTube Channel. 

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New Girl’s Max Greenfield Is Obsessed With the Reebok CrossFit Games

There aren’t many celebrities as obsessed with CrossFit as Max Greenfield.

The 36-year-old actor, who has earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for playing the uptight fitness nut Schmidt on Fox’s New Girl, made an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers to promote his new movie Glass Castle.

Having just returned from this weekend’s Reebok CrossFit Games in Madison, Wisconsin, the actor was clearly still on a high from watching the sport’s most elite athletes compete for the titles of Fittest Man and Woman on Earth,™ and Meyers decided to poke a little fun at him.

They spend several full minutes discussing CrossFit (when has this ever happened on a late night talk show!?) so there’s a lot to unpack here, but here are some of our favorite quotes.

Meyers: Do you do CrossFit?

Greenfield: I do, yeah.

SM: But you did not go to compete, you just went to watch.

MG: Watch people work out, man!

SM: That’s really it! See now, that’s interesting you framed it that way because that’s how I would have framed it, and that’s why I wouldn’t have gone.

But look, I don’t want to disparage the hard work that CrossFit people do, there are a lot of sports that I watch that I’m sure other people wouldn’t watch, but this is sort of the gist of what you were watching?

Image via Late Night with Seth Meyers on YouTube.

Meyers then proceeds to hold up pictures of Alethea Boon pulling a sledMat Fraser doing double unders, and Tia-Clair Toomey finishing a snatch. Greenfield gushes about their performances and likens third place finisher Ricky Garard to Mad Max.

“Here’s the thing,” says an incredulous Meyers. “When I’m in the gym, every now and then I’ll be doing something and there’ll be like a dude, like a creep just staring at other people working out, that’s what you did for a weekend.”

“No, no, no, no, no. It’s sports.”

“It’s not a sport. You watch people exercise. You’re a weirdo at the gym. You’re a weirdo at the gym.”

[Check out how Max Greenfield’s Open Score compared against other celebrity CrossFit athletes!]

Meyers is clearly just having some fun, and remember, he did emphasize that he respects the hard work that CrossFit athletes do. Honestly, we were a little surprised that he doesn’t do CrossFit himself, since the last time the sport was mentioned on the show it was when Meyers took Jon Snow to a dinner party, where they say they met each other at their local box.

Snow: The high-intensity interval training keeps me in shape for fighting Wildlings, while the increased muscle mass helps me defend the Seven Kingdoms against 55-foot giants.

Meyers: And I just wanna look good for TV.

Image via Late Night with Seth Meyers on YouTube.

In all seriousness, it’s pretty wild that such a popular talk show spent so long discussing the pros and cons of CrossFit. While the video’s description describes it as an “obscure sport,” it looks like it’s become pretty darn mainstream.

Featured image via Late Night with Seth Meyers on YouTube.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

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Check Out Rogue’s New Dumbbell Bumpers

If you’ve ever said to yourself, “Dumbbells are great alternatives to barbells, but I wish they were more like barbells,” well, your ship has come into port.

Not content to merely sell old-fashioned dumbbell plates, Rogue has released bumpers to be used with their loadable dumbbells. The result kind of makes one think of a car-sized bus or a mini hot dog, but somehow it works.

Image via Rogue

So, why dumbbell bumpers? What do they offer that regular old plates don’t do? If your first thought was, “You can slam them into the ground after finishing a round of DB snatches,” you’d be wrong. Even though their site says that they’re “essentially condensed versions of (their) standard full-size Rogue Color Training Plates,” they nonetheless tell the user that, in no uncertain terms, “Dumbbell Bumpers are NOT meant to be dropped from overhead.”

Instead, the point is that they let you load more weight and quickly swap/adjust weight increments using the same dumbbell handle — you can now load up to 110 pounds onto the dumbbell, which itself weighs ten or fifteen pounds depending on the model.

Image via Rogue

The bumper plates — soon to be sold in sets and pairs — come in 10-, 15-, 25-, 35-, 45-, and 55-pound versions, and the three heaviest plates are all 5 7/8 inches thick. Having these heavier weights could also potentially save money, since you don’t need to load on as many plates to reach a heavy weight for dumbbell movements that require them.

These bumper plates are very, very new, and although the indication that they shouldn’t be dropped seems a little counterintuitive a first, we bet their bright design will be lighting up gym Instagram feeds before too long.

Featured image via Rogue Fitness

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Transitioning from Powerlifting to Strongman: Tips and Considerations

I wanted to address a fairly well discussed topic in my circle for quite some time now. It is a deeply personal issue that people either embrace as the choice of someone to make on their own, or harass them for going against the grain. Often, the first person an athlete will discuss their decision with is their coach because we know them so well. I’ve had much experience with this so I’ve decided to give you my thoughts on making the transition from powerlifting to strongman.

While both sports focus on whole body strength and have some underlying similarities, they are two deeply different attempts at expression of those abilities. Both rely on the squat and deadlift as training and competition exercises but the implementation of them could not be any more different. In the same vein, they also both feature a press but they couldn’t be more different. Firstly, we will examine where you will most likely do well then by  what you should expect to be difficult and how we can change your game to become who you really are inside.

Where You Will Have Much Success Transitioning

The king of all exercises makes up the base of almost all strongman training. Using a heavy rotation of front and back squats you know you can’t beat the power created here. Don’t count on seeing the squat directly tested in any event you are likely to compete in right away though. It is more of an indirect exercise aiding in the performance aspect of many other events. Chain drags, carries, truck pulls and nearly everything in strongman will require the strongest legs you can muster. Having a great raw squat will give you much of the base new trainees will have to work years to achieve.

It is common to stick with what you are the most comfortable at but don’t be afraid of the new territory here. Learn the front squat and even the Zercher squat. Bringing the squat upfront will work the quads more and bring more balance to your strength. This is great for every movement, especially the press.

Initially you will shine on the deadlift. With the aid of straps and a double belt (you can have a support belt on under your power belt) blowing past your previous PR’s will be a breeze.

Read here for an in depth look at the differences and what you can expect.

Many contests feature a max deadlift, and you should enjoy that very common ground. It shouldn’t even take long to adapt to the side handle or thick bar pulls. Most likely you will adapt to lapping the stone, keg, picking the farmers walks and flipping the tire very quickly. For a Powerlifter, the heavier on these events the better. When you start out don’t over spend your time here on these events. See them as ones that will come more naturally and leave yourself time to focus on your three main weaknesses.

Where You Will Be Challenged in Transition

The first struggle will be overhead. It will likely frustrate you to no end. Getting the weight over your head will be tough without the stabilization of the bench, but the biggest issue that I have seen athletes struggle with is the clean. Getting the weight from the floor to the rack (the position under your chin) takes some very explosive movement and coordination that must be learned. This is where you should seek out a good coach. I would highly recommend finding someone to teach you both the push press and the jerk. 

A bencher will want to rely on their triceps to just push the weight up (and you will crush your lockouts for sure) but getting your body behind the weight will make the numbers pressed much more amazing. In the mid 2000’s contests, would still have an incline log press, very similar to the bench, but I have not personally seen one in a decade now.

You must get very comfortable with being able to clean, press, and then stand under a weight without any outside forces. A key exercise for you to insert in your programming is going to be an overhead squat. If you can master this you will hit huge numbers and not be worried about the weight crashing down on your head. It is also a great full body warm-up and shouldn’t tire out the muscles for the rest of the session. As soon as you are able, get comfortable with these keep them in until you have the strength of a support beam.

Secondly, your muscular endurance will be low. Most powerlifters never do more than five reps, with the bulk of the training being three or less. Strongman training requires muscular endurance as well as high limit strength. Getting used to rep ranges of 10, 15 or even 20 is not uncommon. A weight may be easy for you in a contest but you have to be able to work through all those reps.  Your weekly training sessions must account for this. While it may be similar to bodybuilding you must teach your fibers to be comfortable at working longer and not hitting failure as quickly. A smart coach will program in some rep work for their athletes to keep them used to those increased demands.

The biggest hurdle though (and this means you are going all in) is bringing your anaerobic system up to the demands of the sport. Very few athletes like going at 100 percent for 60 seconds but if you really want to be competitive here you must do this repeatedly to be a champion. I have had promising powerlifters show up do well and a few events like log press and car deadlift but after just a few sets of tire flips or farmers walks they quit and never showed back up. I hate to see this! Just a few weeks of sled work or sprints can make a huge impact on your performance levels in this sport.

Get used to feeling the burn in your chest and accept it as being a more well rounded athlete. The reward of out walking someone with a sandbag or out flipping them on the tire is a great feeling. You have the raw materials already, just some hard work will provide a great shine.

You don’t have to get nuts and remember you can always go back to your old sport if you find that this is not for you. The ultimate test of strength and athleticism is an entirely different world. The best part is you can probably still powerlift on the side. By adding in strongman you will most likely actually add to your total due to the increased core stability and better recovery abilities. Nothing like living between two worlds and being your own athlete.

 

Editors note: This article is an op-ed. The views expressed herein and in the video are the authors and don’t necessarily reflect the views of BarBend. Claims, assertions, opinions, and quotes have been sourced exclusively by the author.

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Mat Fraser, Tia-Clair Toomey Win 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games

2017 CrossFit Games Masters (60+) Athlete Saves Drowning Fellow Competitor

Robert Caslin may not have come out on top at the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games, but he’s definitely left a lasting impact. CrossFit HQ recently released a story on Caslin, a Masters 60+ athlete, who saved the life of a fellow competitor during the Run, Swim, Run event on Thursday, August 3rd.

It’s a great article, and we highly recommend taking a second to read the whole thing.

Here’s the recap: Will Powell, 57, was about 20 meters behind Caslin when he found himself struggling to stay afloat and yelling for help. Caslin told CrossFit HQ that he heard, “Help! Help! I’m Drowning!” coming from behind him in the middle of the swimming portion of the event.

Photo courtesy games.crossfit.com. 

Caslin had to make a decision. With roughly 120 meters to go in the swim, Powell, a four-times Games athlete, found himself in trouble, gasping for air with panic beginning to set in. Luckily, Caslin, a two-time Games athlete and Powell’s friend, wasn’t too far off and made the gut decision to go back for his friend.

Foreshadowing this event, when the Run, Swim, Run event was first announced, Powell and Caslin both had a concern for Powell’s ability to fair in long distance swim. Powell told CrossFit HQ he’s not the strongest swimmer, and also said he hosts a 12-cm tumor growing in the outside lining of the lower lobe of his right lung. Powell told CrossFit HQ,

“Basically I have a lung and a half.”

During the saving, Caslin was also helped by rookie CrossFit Games Masters (55-59) athlete Gus VanDerVoort. Both of them helped Powell stay afloat and waited for the assisting kayak to arrive.

Powell reportedly told Caslin to continue on and that he’d be fine, but Caslin wasn’t leaving his friend until he knew he was safe. Caslin told Powell, “Not finishing this is not gonna ruin my race; what’s gonna ruin it is if you die. I’m not going anywhere until we make sure you’re safe.”

As the kayak finally arrived, they gave Caslin the option to return to his previous point, but he declined to take a ride in with Powell and finish out the race with his friend. Caslin told CrossFit HQ:

“At the end of the day, it’s CrossFit, and we’re all in this together. It’s not about one event, it’s not about one weekend—it’s a community.”

Caslin ended up coming in 14th over the weekend for the Masters 60+ division, while Powell finished in 13th. in the 55-59 age group.

Featured image: Games.CrossFit.com

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Brent Fikowski Edges Out Mat Fraser By .09 Seconds on “Strongman’s Fear”; Davidsdottir Dominates Event

“Strongman’s Fear” was one of the most-hyped and hotly anticipated events of the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games — at least as far as events announced ahead of time. And the event lived up to its top billing, featuring a final Men’s heat where the winners were separated by just 0.09 seconds.

The event finish — embedded below — features Mat Fraser and Brent Fikowski at the very end of the strongman-inspired medley, with Fraser finishing the sled drag and Fikowski finishing the yoke walk. (In the event, athletes could pick the order they carried one of three implements across the field; returning to pick up the others required them to handstand walk that distance.)

While it looks at first like Fraser has a several foot lead, looks are a bit deceiving, as the sled he’s dragging must cross into the drop area, not just his body. And Fikowski ultimately gets his foot onto the finish area by the narrowest of margins at 4:13.22 to Fraser’s 4:13.31, making this one of the closest Reebok CrossFit Games event finishes we’ve ever seen.

Fraser currently sits in first place overall, 86 points ahead of Fikowski.

(Check out pro strongman competitor Robert Oberst put his own spin on the “Strongman’s Fear” event here.)

One the Women’s side, two-time defending champion Katrin Davidsdottir won “Strongman’s Fear” in 3:55.53, well ahead of second place finisher (and current Women’s overall leader) Tennil Reed-Beuerlein, who finished the event in 4:17.14. Davidsdottir currently sits in sixth place overall.

There’s plenty of action left to go in Madison, but so far, “Strongman’s Fear” proved to be one of the most exciting workouts yet.

Featured image: The CrossFit Games on Facebook

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Pro Strongman Robert Oberst Takes on 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games Event

So far the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games has brought plenty of interesting events and some impressive performances. One of the most talked about events this year — along with “Cyclocross” — is Strongman’s Fear, a strongman-inspired event that requires athletes to walk a yoke, drag a sled, and carry farmer’s handles across a field in the order of their choosing. When returning to grab more implements, competitor must walk on their hands.

Pro strongman Robert Oberst decided to take on this workout with his own special twist. Considering the toughest part of the workout for the 6’8″, 400+ pound strongman might be the handstand walks, Oberst chose to take all the equipment in one go. Check it out for yourself below.

Okay, we’re guessing Oberst didn’t actually finish the walk unbroken — the video cuts off early, and there’s no measure as to how far exactly he’s walking — but we like his humorous take on the whole thing. Not that we’d make it far moving a 420 lb Yoke, 170 lb Logs, and 265 lb Sled all at once…

“Strongman’s Fear” kicks off at the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games on Saturday morning, and we’re interested to see what strategies competitors use to get the required work done in the minimum amount of time. Will Games judges allow athletes to walk the yoke and drag the sled at the same time?

Featured image: Robert Oberst on YouTube

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The Hyperextension: How To Target Your Glutes And Hamstrings

The hyperextension is an appropriate assistance movement to aid in building posterior chain strength for the squat and deadlift. The hyperextension can be used in virtually any program that has a focus on strength, hypertrophy, or a mix of both. It can also be used to properly teach someone how to activate the glutes during movements such as the good morning, deadlift, Romanian deadlift, and virtually any other hip hinging movements.

Why It’s Useful:

The hyperextension serves a handful of purposes:

  • It strengthens the posterior chain (lower back, glutes, hamstrings).
  • It can be used as an assistance movement to improve the squat and deadlift totals.
  • It can be used as a primary glute or hamstring movement for bodybuilding purposes.
  • It can be used as a secondary glute or hamstring movement to add more volume.
  • It’s also beneficial for lower back health as some lower back pain can stem from weak glutes and tight hamstrings.

Muscles Involved:

While the movement looks to predominantly target the lower erector spinae, it’s also targeting the hamstrings, gluteus maximus, and hip adductors. And the way you perform the movement will dictate which muscles are targeted.

How to Do the Movement:

There are two ways I’m demonstrating the movement. The first method is to target the hamstrings, and the second method is to target the glutes. Instructions for each variation are below.

NOTE: For the starting position, you want to make sure your ankles are comfortably under the pads, and that the top of your thighs are against the padded area (also known as the prone, or face-down position). Make note that your waist is beyond the pad and that your upper thighs are against the pad. A quick example is if you were wearing a belt buckle, it should not be touching the pad, and should be hanging over it.

The reason for this is because you want to be able to get a stretch in your hamstrings on the descent, so as your body spills forward, you want to initiate the movement at your hips, not your lower back.

Hamstring Focused Instruction:

  1. Start in the prone position with weights held to your chest (cross your arms if you’re doing bodyweight only).
  2. You want to stick your chest out, and keep your shoulders pulled back to keep your back neutral. As you descend, you’ll feel most of the tension in your hamstrings. Go to a range of motion that gives you a good stretch in your hamstrings without releasing tension in your lower back. This range of motion will vary depending on your individual mobility and flexibility.
  3. Pause for a second at the bottom, and initiate the movement by contracting your hamstrings back to the starting position.

Glute Focused Instruction:

  1. Start in the prone position with weights held to your chest (cross your arms if you’re doing bodyweight only).
  2. You want to internally rotate your shoulders and deliberately round your upper back. You want to make sure the majority of the tension is in your glutes on the contraction. As you descend, you’ll feel most of the tension in your hamstrings, but some will be in your glutes. Go to a range of motion that gives you a good stretch in your hamstrings but if you don’t feel a massive stretch here, it’s okay because of the starting position. This range of motion will vary depending on your individual mobility and flexibility.
  3. Pause for a second at the bottom, and initiate the movement by contracting your glutes as hard as possible, back to the starting position. Try to imagine initiating the movement by squeezing your butt cheeks together. Remember to keep your upper back rounded so you don’t begin to rely solely on your lower back for the movement.

Editors note: This article is an op-ed. The views expressed herein and in the video are the authors and don’t necessarily reflect the views of BarBend. Claims, assertions, opinions, and quotes have been sourced exclusively by the author.

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Report: Los Angeles to Host 2028 Summer Olympics; Paris Gets 2024 Games

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the city of Los Angeles and Olympic Games leaders have reached a deal that would bring the Summer Games to Southern California in 2028. This would be the third time for Los Angeles to host the Olympics, which it also did in 1932 and 1984.

Los Angeles was originally a leading candidate city to host in 2024, along with Paris, France. In a rare move, the International Olympic Committee deemed both cities suitable candidates and suggested they would be open to awarding an Olympics to both cities, which would finalize Summer Games scheduling through 2018.

(Tokyo will host the 2020 Summer Olympics. In June, several important announcements and changes in the Olympic program were made concerning the sport of weightlifting.)

According to the LA Times article, “It has been expected that L.A. would agree to go second, if only because local bid officials expressed a willingness to consider the option.”

What are your thoughts on the 2028 Olympic Games taking place in Los Angeles? The 2024 Games in Paris? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Caine Wilkes Wins Pan American Championships Gold for Team USA!

American weightlifter Caine Wilkes has a lengthy resume that includes multiple National Championships and even a few of the heaviest clean & jerks in American history. But until yesterday, one title he’s had his sights set on still eluded him: Pan American Champion.

But after Thursday’s 5-for-6 performance that ended with a 175kg snatch — good for bronze — and a 219kg clean & jerk — good for gold — Wilkes walked away in Miami with overall gold for Team USA.

Watch all his competition lifts below:

Wilkes had a hard-fought battle with defending Pan American Champion Fernando Salas of Ecuador. Salas took gold in the snatch and headed into the clean & jerks with a three kilo lead over Wilkes. But after Salas missed his final clean & jerk attempt, Wilkes nailed the clutch 219kg clean & jerk to guarantee himself the gold in the total.

Wilkes’ three medals and overall win were crucial in helping Team USA’s men lock up the second place team spot behind Colombia. Team USA’s women finished in 4th overall.

The men’s superheavyweight session was particularly interesting in that the athlete with the highest lifts and total — Brazilian Fernando Reis — was not eligible to compete for medals or points, though his total could be used toward international qualification for future meets (like the upcoming 2017 World Weightlifting Championships). Reis was entered as an “extra” lifter for Team Brazil after initially being left off the squad and then successfully petitioning the Pan American Federation for inclusion in the competition.

Reis finished the competition with a 198kg snatch — good for a new Pan American record — and a 235kg clean & jerk.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sarah Robles Wins Gold for Team USA at the Pan American Championships

Team USA can add another medal to their total at the Pan American Weightlifting Championships, which are currently underway in Miami, Florida.

Just hours after American -105kg athletes D’Angelo Osorio and Wes Kitts won medals — Osorio gold in the clean & jerk and Kitts silver in the snatch and the total — +90kg weightlifter Sarah Robles won gold in her weight class.

Robles, who won bronze for America in Rio last year, snatched 120 kilograms (264.5 pounds), just one kilogram heavier than silver medalist Veronica Saladin from the Dominican Republic and two kilograms heavier than third place finisher in the snatch, Mexican athlete Tania Mascorro. The American record for the snatch remains 128 kilograms (282.2 pounds), set by Cheryl Haworth in 2003.

The snatches were close in this contest, but the clean & jerk is where Robles really separates herself from the field. As each of the other athletes hit their first lifts and their second lifts, Robles waited. Most of the athletes had finished all three of their attempts before Robles took to the stage for her first attempt of 145 kilograms (319.7 pounds), which she easily made.

That won her the gold medal before she’d even made her second lift — the rest of her lifts were just gravy. She went on to clean & jerk 150kg (330.7lb) and finally 155kg (341.7lb) for a total of 275kg (606.3lb), an easy win over second place’s Veronica Saladin, who totaled 265kg.

That’s gold in the snatch, gold in the clean & jerk, and gold in the total for Sarah Robles, the only American to compete in the +90kg weight class. No American records were broken, but that doesn’t diminish the extraordinary achievements of all the athletes who competed.

Featured image via @USWeightlifting on Twitter.

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7 Full Body Resistance Band Exercises You Can Do at the Office

When you work behind a desk and lift on a regular basis, then you’re constantly fighting what feels like a never ending battle. And that battle is the prevention of poor posture and decline of fitness due to tight or weak areas on the body.

At BarBend HQ, we’re constantly working to fight the inevitable all-day sitting that comes with writing 8+ hours a day, but it gets tough. This has led us to create a mini full body workout that requires only a resistance band. A band is easy to store and bring with you to your desk, so we thought it would be useful to share what we’ve been doing.

We try to do this full circuit once or twice a day with varied rest times — we take rest as we need it for each movement. Obviously, there are multiple movements, tempos, sets, and reps you can do, but this is an example of what we do on a regular basis, and we hope it helps out, or gives you some ideas to create your own routine.

1. Resistance Band Pull Through

The first movement we like to start with is a hip thrust. Why? Well we sit all day in hip flexion, so the first thing we try to do is open our hips and ease them into hip extension.

Attach your cable to an anchored base (we use the leg of a table), and adjust feet slightly wider than shoulder width. Grab the band, hinge at the hips, and maintain a rigid posture (similar to your torso’s position in a deadlift setup).

Let your chest drop with your arms maintaining a stiff position between your legs, while hinging at the hips — try to feel a stretch in the posterior chain. Next, stand upright using your glutes to drive the hips through (resist hyper extension of the lower back).

  • Sets: 3
  • Reps: 12

*Tip: For those with weak, or excessively tight hips, progressively move into extension during your first set. For example, do partial movements until your hips feel comfortable fully opening up into extension. 

2. Squat + Low Single-Arm Row

Now that we’ve opened the hips up slightly, we like to perform a slightly more compound movement. For the next movement, we perform an air squat (somewhat supported by the band) with a low row (band attached to a stable anchor).

Perform an air squat. We found sitting at parallel, or just below, is best at maintaining a strong torso positioning during the row. Grab the cable similar to a row, and move through the movement keeping a stable core and using the lat to retract.

  • Sets: 3
  • Reps: 10 (each side)

*Tip: Ease into the depth of your squat and try to sit upright to the best of your abilities. We like to have a slightly higher torso angle than we would in a regular/Chinese DB row. 

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3. Squat + Single-Arm Shoulder Press

Once we’ve done a near full depth squat and row, we progress into an even more dynamic movement. The next exercise is a full squat with a single-arm overhead press.

Place your band under both feet and hold the other end in a somewhat relaxed rack position (elbow under at an angle, so you can press).  Perform a full squat with your normal squat stance, and as you reach the top initiate the shoulder press to create a fluid squat and press.

  • Sets: 3
  • Reps: 8 (each side)

*Tip: For the press, think bicep to ear, but be wary of how close you bring the band in. Press in a directly upward, slightly back fashion with a neutral grip to resist smacking yourself in the face (trust us on this one). 

4. Low-to-High Cable Chop + Pallof Press

Now that we’ve hit performed a few full body oriented movements, we’re going to focus on the core (an often weak area from sitting). We’re going to perform a low-to-high cable chop with a Pallof press.

To begin, maintain a soft knee bend and grab the anchored band with your arms at near full extension (very slight bend is okay). You’ll then perform a chopping movement by rotating the torso, so your arms finish in a diagonal position across the body. Make sure to initiate this movement with the torso/obliques, and not the shoulders.

Once you’ve hit the upward diagonal posture, bring your arms to the center of your body with a 90-degree elbow flexion, and perform a single Pallof press. After the press, return to the original starting position of the low-to-high chop with your arms extended.

  • Sets: 3
  • Reps: 10

*Tip: This movement shouldn’t be performed with very high tension. It’s most important that you’re moving by torso initiation and not shoulder. 

5. Banded Good Morning

After our core based movement, we’re going to move back to our hip hinge and back. The next movement will be a banded good morning, which will be performed at a high volume.

To begin, place the band under both feet and around the neck (you can hold it to take pressure off the upper traps/neck). Similar to the pull through, we’ll extend the hips back with a soft knee bend, and a rigid torso.

You’ll progress through the movement until you feel your torso begin to drop, back round, and erectors disengage. Once you’ve hit that point, then you’ll return to your starting position with your hips completing the exercise. My advice: stop a little short before you normally round to ensure you maintain a rigid torso position.

  • Sets: 3
  • Reps: 15

*Tip: Pay close attention to the depth you’re able to achieve. If you find your chest dropping and your torso becoming rounded, then you’ve gone too far. 

[Band featured in article is an EliteFTS 41 inch Pro Mini Resistance Band.]

6. Plank + Banded Kick Back

This is possibly the toughest movement in the circuit, so we recommend trying it without the band at first, or simplifying it to just a plank and kick back separately.

To begin, place the band around the wrists and one foot while in a plank position. Once you’ve created tension and found your plank’s posture, kick back the banded foot, so your leg is nearly parallel to the floor (squeezing the glute).

Try your best to maintain even hips (don’t let one drop) and engage the glutes to create the kicking movement. If this is too difficult, then perform a plank, and kick back individually.

  • Sets: 3
  • Reps: 6 (each side)

*Tip: Be weary of sagging hips and lower back hyper extension when performing the banded kick back. If you’re doing either, then simplify the movement without resistance, or perform one movement at a time (40 sec plank, then 6 kick backs). 

7. Bicep Curl + Tricep Extension 1:2 (Aka Pre-Meeting Exercise)

We couldn’t do a full office workout without some bro-esque movements. The final exercise is a bicep curl to tricep extension. These are best performed before meetings, or presentations when you need to look vascular and pumped for your co-workers.

Place the band under your same curl/extension sided foot, and grip it with a neutral hand positioning. Perform a hammer curl, then rock your elbow towards the sky. Once your elbow is parallel to the floor, or slightly higher (for those like me with a little tendonitis), you’ll begin to initiate two tricep extensions (keep the elbow tight to the body).

Once you’ve hit both tricep extensions, then you’ll return to the starting movement, and bring the elbow back down. After the 1:2 rep ratio, repeat the curl to extension combo.

  • Sets: 3
  • Reps: 6:12 (each side, curl:extension ratio)

*Tip: You can do a 1:1 ratio and increase reps if you’d like. I like the 1:2 because the tricep is the dominant upper arm muscle. Also, keep the elbow in to avoid the band getting caught when moving between movements. Lastly, you can perform these one at a time if you choose to do so. 

Wrapping Up

This is an example of a circuit we do on a regular basis. You can take these movements and combine them into your own circuit, or add more specific exercises as you need them. What’s most important is that you’re moving during the day and fighting the posture problems that come with a sedentary lifestyle.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. Always perform movements at your own risk and level of fitness. If any of these movements create pain or discomfort, then stop performing the exercise where pain occurs and seek a medical professional.

Editors note: This article is an op-ed. The views expressed herein and in the video are the authors and don’t necessarily reflect the views of BarBend. Claims, assertions, opinions, and quotes have been sourced exclusively by the author.

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After Knee Replacement, Vlad Alhazov Becomes the First to Squat 500Kg Raw With Wraps

Five hundred kilograms. One thousand, one hundred and two pounds.

It’s a rare thing to find a human being who can get under that kind of weight without crumpling like a tin can, but Ukrainian powerlifter Vlad Alhazov got under the bar, bent his tightly-wrapped knees, and officially squatted 500 kilograms at an IPA meet this weekend. With a 395kg (870lb) deadlift and a 230kg (507lb) bench press, he totaled 1125kg (2480.2lb).

No, he didn’t walk it out like he’d have to in the IPF, but darn it, a 500kg raw squat deserves some serious respect. This absolutely shattered the previous world record from Andrey Malanichev — he hit a 485kg (1069lb) squat in October last year.

This is a goal Alhazov has been quietly working toward for a while now, and while his online footprint isn’t huge (and his Instagram is private), we did find a clip of him hitting a squat of 485 kilograms a few weeks ago in Israel. It looks like he’s wearing wraps here, too.

Note that this 485kg squat was a personal record for Alhazov, and he only just hit it on July 4. It took him less than three weeks to move his PR from 485kg to 500kg.

Like we said, there’s not a ton of information out there about Vlad Alhazov, which is all the more unusual because once upon a time, he held the IPA world record for the equipped squat too: 567kg (1,250 pounds).

This was almost ten years ago, shortly before Alhazov suffered a serious knee injury trying to squat (equipped) 590kg (1,300 pounds) at Westside Barbell. His knee caved inward on the descent, which ultimately necessitated a full knee replacement.

Yup, Vlad Alhazov has squatted 500kg with a replaced knee. (Whether or not it was replaced with a hydraulic press, we can’t be sure.) This one was truly a squat for the history books.

Featured image via Power Mafia on YouTube.

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