Busting a Squat Barrier: an Excerpt from The Search for Greatness

What follows is an excerpt from StrongFirst’s latest publication, The Search for Greatness by Dr. Judd Biasiotto. The fact that I couldn’t push my squat above the 440-pound barrier drove me crazy. Even my coach got...

5 Quick Tips To Enhance Coach-Athlete Communication

Today, I have a guest post from Brett Bartholomew, an outstanding strength and conditioning coach who has taken a huge interest in the art of "getting through" to athletes. I find the motivation aspect...

Rubik’s Get-Up

When I first learned to perform a get-up, I was unsure of its purpose. It seemed almost like a series of random movements, ultimately resulting in getting off the floor. Of course, being able...

Pillars of Sumo Deadlift

Done well, the Sumo Deadlift is an expression of mobility, strength and technique, an expression so effective in fact, that it’ll make people on the internet accuse you of cheating. Check out our Pillars...

Strength and Conditioning Stuff You Should Read: 4/11/18

I hope you're having a great week. Just in case you need some help getting over Hump Day, here's some good reading to brighten your mood: Should You Squat Tall Athletes? - This was an...

When I’m healthy, I get hurt

When I’m healthy, I get hurt. That’s just how it is, and it probably goes all the way back to my childhood. Having a young one at home who is as accident prone as I...

How to Effectively “Cue” a Client

We all know that communication skills can make or break any relationship. As a coach, you may possess all the knowledge in the world about progressions, regressions, proper loading parameters and rest intervals. But,...

From Intimidated to Confident and Capable: The Power of Practicing Strength

I took my first kettlebell class in 2012. I was immediately enthralled by the swing. But like any newbie, my form needed a lot of help. My hips sat too high and my hinge...

Tips for Female Powerlifters

The sport of Powerlifting has exploded in popularity in recent years and the number of female competitors in the sport has risen exponentially. For the most part, training for males and females is largely...

Stability for Greater Strength Gains

Students often rush through their sticking points. And I get it—it’s tempting. But the wiser tactic is to slow down. Take note. Assess and correct those errors or problems. The number of potential issues...

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