Question of the day is whether 2 different people (like training partners) should do the exact same workout. I mean … you are both really similar, same age, the weights you lift are similar, and even your lifestyles are pretty similar … so you SHOULD be able to both make progress at the SAME rate… [Read More]
I was having a great conversation with one of the members of my insiders group yesterday regarding volume and this question popped up: Is there a correlation between how much volume a lifter is doing and their success on the platform – like actual numbers? The short answer is yes. The long answer is in… [Read More]
I’m really bad at predicting which of my articles are going to become popular. I could have sworn that the recent post I did for Breaking Muscle called, “The 21-Day Squat Challenge” would have just flown right under the radar. This would have been fine, as the point of putting it up wasn’t to have… [Read More]
I’ve got a guest post up for the incomparable, Beautiful Bad Ass herself, Nia Shanks called, “The Top 3 Reasons Women Make the Best Olympic Weightlifters.” Here’s an excerpt: When most people who aren’t already familiar with strength sports think of an Olympic weightlifter, they tend to imagine a huge fat dude with a hairy… [Read More]
“Perfect Practice make Perfect” – Joe Mills Sometimes it’s good to shake things up. This week at PDX Weightlifting we’re doing exactly that. It’s the second of two loading weeks (read here for some idea on what that means), and we’re doing a variant of an old Joe Mills workout that has become known as… [Read More]
I’ve gotten a number of emails from lifters who live in areas without a coach or club who wonder if it would be good for them to follow the Workouts of the Day (WOD’s) that I post up on PDX Weightlifting. The answer I have is Yes and No. I put them up (sporadically, at… [Read More]
The state championships this year went really well for us. Beth and Amy won their weight classes. Brandon set 2 Jr. State Records (Clean and Jerk and Total, the snatch record was already his, and he matched it). Chris hit life-time PR’s in the Snatch, Clean and Jerk, and Total. Jake hit PR’s so big… [Read More]
When we use the word conditioning, in normal parlance, we tend to mean it as a synonym for cardiovascular endurance training. That isn’t to say that we mean it simply to be long-distance running. It could be interval training, CrossFit, or boxing. But, in any case, it’s meant as a form of training that gets… [Read More]
Seems like there is a trend in blogging whereby bloggers will do a weekly round-up of all the stuff they were reading that fits into the scope of their own blogs, and then list them out for their own readers. Bret Crontreras does something like this at his blog, and in the evolution blogging world… [Read More]
Mike Burgener has said, “I don’t believe in over training, just under recovery.” And he is not alone. We Olympic lifting coaches have all said similar things over the years (myself included). But, these types of statements are highly misleading and tend to give off the wrong impression. A better statement would be, “Train as… [Read More]
Check out this article at a fantastic blog I just found, Evidence-Based Fitness, written by Bryan Chung. It’s about chocolate milk as an after workout drink. I think we would all like to believe the pre, intra and post-workout nutrition are very important. We’ve seen one example of how pre-workout protein probably doesn’t really make… [Read More]
In Bob Takano’s recent newsletter mailing he has a piece about the fact that he’s been seeing a lot of WOD (workout of the day) designed for weightlifters. He’s worried that the structure of these are often not going to get weightlifters where they want to go, that is, it ain’t specific enough to the… [Read More]
Another gym sent to me by Roy:
Apolo Ono is no slouch on the ice. No surprise then that he is no slouch in the gym. Check out this video of one of his workouts that not only includes some great squatting, but some intense one-leg plyo jumping. Very cool.
I miss Ronnie Coleman. Nothing against Jay Cutler, but Ronnie was a fun lovin’ dude. Yeah, Buddy!
The following is a guest post by Heather Johnson. Not everyone can get geared up to workout on a consistent basis. Many of us only get the urge when we’re feeling particularly gross about our bodies that day. After a week or so of working out we don’t feel the urge to stay on top… [Read More]