Strength is a skill. Foundational to that skill is your ability to breathe & brace correctly during heavy lifts – of all kinds, not just squats & snatches! So with newer athletes we always start by teaching people how to stand like Bruce Lee. Maximizing your intra-abdominal-pressure is key to both your safety and the… [Read More]
I’ve got 6 Weightlifting Academy episodes for you below! Everything from failing safer on squats, to improving your 3rd pull, to some tips on programming and contest prep. Weightlifting Academy Episodes Under each video is the link to the original episode over on Weightlifting Academy Squat Safe! How to Squat Every Day (Without Injury or… [Read More]
Gymnasts and Martial Artists know something you don’t know: how to stay TIGHT, no matter what. This is an essential skill for a strength athlete, but it is rarely taught at all, let alone correctly. We make this such a feature at our place that it’s the VERY first thing we talk about with a… [Read More]
The 21-Day Squat Challenge starts TODAY. If you’re confused about what to do — TMI situation — try this. Every new member of our gym does TWO “challenges” at the same time for the first month. The first is a Snatch Domination challenge, where they try to get 1,000 reps (with an empty bar) on… [Read More]
When you do a Front Squat or a Clean, do your wrists & elbows hurt? Try this tip. Now… Your first problem is that your mobility sucks, but you know that. And hopefully, you’re working on it! (I’ve got videos to help you.) BUT unless you are a Yoga Master, you need to learn how… [Read More]
The point is to PRACTICE these 2 tips every day – with light weights – until they are a habit. THEN, you will be able to do them with heavy weights safely & automatically. If you only watch this, but don’t put great effort into building the habit, through repetition, then it won’t work. Athlete’s… [Read More]
Getting into the Front Squat Rack position is fucking hard for MANY new lifters, especially DUDES who have a Bro-Background 😉 I was one of those, once! My tits and lats were so tight that it literally took me an entire MONTH of mobility work to fix my shit. In addition to the obvious work… [Read More]
I’ve lost count of the number of times a lifter complains about some pain related to squats; or their frustration over not “getting” the technique of squats; or not hitting new PR’s on the squat — and having the answer be, “push through your heels.” MOST beginners (even most intermediates) on the Barbell Squat —… [Read More]
One of the most important skills you will learn when you train with us is how to bail a heavy back squat behind you — because you will be doing it all the damned time! If you ain’t failing, you ain’t trying. In gymnastics and judo you learn to fall. In weightlifting you learn to… [Read More]
Eli normally squats barefoot – being a hobbit, after all. But he recently started wearing his new Olympic lifting shoes while he squats. He hit 200kg and it looked easy, then 210kg, same… then took this 220kg – FAIL! Watch the video: I often say, “If you ain’t failin’, you ain’t trying’.” BUT… Notice how… [Read More]
Video of a recent Sunday training session for the Asheville Strength Legion, aka Weightlifting Academy Team. All the weights, all the things, all the gainZ. Now go lift something heavy, Nick Horton
“There is nothing new under the sun.” — God The Nemesis style of physical training can freak a lot of people out when they see it for the first time. Nemesis seems to break all of the rules your personal trainer told you, that your health teacher told you, and that the internet “Guru’s” keep… [Read More]
“A man can fail many times but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else” – John Burroughs Failure has to happen. It is the only way to be sure that you worked hard enough. The 21 Day Squat Challenge requires that you fail constantly. That’s a beautiful thing! The trouble is… [Read More]
If you keep saying that you want a big squat, but every time you get serious about it, you begin to develop either back pain or the symptoms of sciatica, then I may have a solution for you. This used to happen to me, too, before I realized the importance of stretchin’ that butt! Now,… [Read More]
Here’s a video of a 62k and a 77k lifters doing squats before the Arnold.
Check out this great interview with Shane Hamman that Mark Rippetoe did (click here). They cover a bunch of info in about 1 hour including Shane’s early powerlifting career where he dunked 1008 pounds in the squat. His Olympic career. The state of American Weightlifting. And what we can do about it. What I enjoyed… [Read More]
I think I’m going to have a heart attack watching this. People will do anything to not do work.
And here’s the video that proves it.