One Year of Business.

July 18, 2016


It’s been a hellova ride so far.  And a hellova learning experience.  Im excited to see where this goes next.

That title in itself is sure to upset a keyboard warrior out there somewhere.  And actually he would bring some valid arguments as to why I’m incorrect.  So I’m just going to nip this one right off the bat.  We DO USE pulls of all sorts of variations to supplement our training.  In the sport of weightlifting, specificity is key.  So any exercise that resembles the contest lifts the most SHOULD have the most carryover; the key word in that being “should.”  In practice, this won’t always hold up as an absolute.

Young coaches, remember that before you address your trainee’s specific needs as a weightlifter, you must first cover their general needs as an athlete and a fully functional human.  The fact of the matter is that you will be coaching and dealing with regular people; people who go to school all day, sit behind a desk, stay up late with sick kids or arguing with their boyfriend.  ALL of these people will have some sort of movement pattern issue and the most common one you will see is people having problems with a proper hip hinge.  And while hinging at the hip obviously isn’t the ONLY thing that happens in a contest lift, it IS one of the most important moment patterns to perfect for the successful weightlifter.

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Image taken by THE Randy Strossen of Ironmind.  The RDL was originally brought to the USA by Nicu Vlad.  He demonstrated the lift to Jim Schmitz and others at the “Sports Palace” in SF and the term Romanian Deadlift was coined.

So, onto reasons why I teach the RDL before I teach the pull for the beginning/intermediate weightlifter:

  1. It helps to pattern a proper hip hinge.  Weightlifters (and most adults) will try to quad and low back their way through life.  DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN.  Develop the hinge pattern the way God intended; with ALL the muscles of the posterior chain involved as the prime movers.  The RDL isn’t the only way to develop the hinge; far from it (Wattup to all my Hardstyle Kettlebell homies out there).  But it is one of the best ways to LOAD the hinge pattern.
  2. Your trainee’s pull won’t even remotely resemble what a snatch or clean looks like.  This is why when I first introduce the pull, I’ll do it in a complex with a snatch or a clean.  That way the trainee will feel if they pulled on the bar the same for every rep.  This will help develop the rhythm and feel for when the trainee is finally ready to load up the pull as a legitimate assistance exercise.

Summery:

We DO utilize all sorts of pulls in our training so shut up if you’ve come here to defend the clean pull because there’s nothing to defend.  I simply teach the RDL first for the reasons above.  

Jaye Jayle Full Set.

June 17, 2016

I am a minimalist by nature.  So when I caught these guys play with SUMAC a few weeks ago, I was REALLY into their set.

There truly is beauty in the usage of empty space.

Give them a listen and let me know what you think.

Here’s a link to their bandcamp.

Hard Times.

June 13, 2016

This tune by the Cro-Mags seemed appropriate to describe training lately. Remember, all the gains you get in the gym are not permanent. Everything in weightlifting is cyclical. Everything you get, you gotta give back and then work even harder to get that extra 1%. In any case, I’m glad to be back to moving how I’m used to moving.

Trolls.

June 7, 2016

When people ask you if you’re still doing artwork.

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Yes. But only to “troll” my lifters.

June 5, 2016

Model #003.

June 2, 2016

I finished another project today.  An Orange 2×12.

To help you zone out through your work day.

Dragonaut.

May 26, 2016

Here’s a little video I made for my presentation at an NSCA clinic this weekend.

Wish me luck!

Unfortunately, Hookgrip didn’t catch most of Emelie’s 94kg snatch which earned her bronze.  But we got a sweet action sequence of her 90kg opener.

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Notice the curled wrists. 

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Here’s one of her finished 94 just for kicks. 

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