Training For Level 7 – Part 3

Welcome back!  Hopefully you have been making improvements with your SLDL’s, Pull-Ups, Presses, and Overhead Carries.  Now it’s time to look into some ballistics. (If you missed Part 1 Click here, If you missed Part 2 Click Here) The Snatches, KB Complexes (and Cleans...

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Our Body…Our Machine

I recently was fortunate enough to chaperone a group of my high school’s Athletic Training students to the Body Worlds: Pulse, exhibit in Los Angeles, CA.  Body Worlds is a travelling exhibit that many of you may have seen around the world.  It was something that I...

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Volume and Density Training: Part 2

Welcome back!  In part one I talked about two basic methods of Volume training.  One method, utilizes low rep ladders for multiple rounds, resulting in a higher percentage of reps done at “work” weight.  The same workout is repeated for a pre-determined number of...

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Volume and Density Training: Part 1

Recently I’ve been fielding questions related to various training programs, and the two things that they all have in common are Volume and Density.  In fact, these are my two most favorite variables to manipulate, because you can get pretty remarkable results from...

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So Now I’m A Level 7 – What Happens Next??

Fifteen long months after I passed Level 6, and after I was awarded my dog tag by Nick onstage at the FitRanX® World Conference, I finally passed Level 7 on my second attempt!! My first attempt, in June, was thwarted by my inability to correctly count my Snatch reps. ...

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Why Aren’t All The Weights Scaled?

Every so often I will get a question relating to a specific testing element, and why it is done the way we say it should be done.  Rather than just saying “Because we said so,” I believe you should know the “Why” in addition to the “What” and “How” behind the FitRanX...

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Oops…I Did It Again

Yes, I did just quote a Britney Spears song to open an article.  But it kinda fits, just follow along. If you’ve been reading these for a while, or are friends with me on FaceBook, you may remember that a few years ago I sprained the popliteal tendon in my right knee,...

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How To Prepare For The FitRanX® Kettlebell Certification

  In the last ten years, kettlebells have gone from a fringe oddity, to a mainstay in just about every gym in America. Having “arrived” from Eastern Europe less than 20 years ago, depending on which history lesson you follow, this centuries-old exercise tool has...

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The Yin and Yang of Breathing and Tension

A few weeks ago Nick and I wrapped up the summer Perform Better circuit, and as busy as we were at all the summits we really tried to get into a couple of presentations each weekend. Long Beach was an especially tight schedule, as my high school is back in session,...

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So What’s A Guy To Do? The “XY Factor”…

(If you haven't read: “Why are all the Level 8’s Female?”, you should start there before reading this.) The article summarization and commentary I recently wrote discussing the rise of women in endurance events certainly generated quite a bit of conversation, and I...

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Why Are ALL The Level 8’s Female??

It just so happened that as I was reading up on the factors that give women advantages over men in ultra-distance and endurance events, we had yet another woman fly through Level 8 in under 4 hours, Davina Friese. Not only did she finish, she was flawless in her reps...

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Training for Level 7 – Part 2

Welcome back! So you want to get to Level 7 (or maybe just 4, 5, or 6) and you’ve hit a wall. Most people have similar weaknesses, and I am addressing some of those. In part 1 (read part 1 by clicking here) I talked about Pull-Ups, here in Part 2 I am going to delve...

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