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general warm up (10 minutes)

bear crawls x 100 feet

alternating leg lifts x 40 reps

resistance band push ups  x 15 reps

kettlebell pull overs with isometric leg lift x 15 reps

medicine ball chest passes x 10 reps

specific warm up (5 minutes)

bench press set up and light reps

strength (20 minutes)

bench press x 4/4/4/4/4/4 reps

conditioning/accessory work (1 round)

Tate presses x 15 reps x 3 sets

push ups x max. number of reps

Why do I coach? Why do I still like coaching?

It’s not the money, that’s for sure, though we make enough for what we need.

If anyone wants to open a gym or be a coach because they think they will get rich doing it, they are delusional.

Anyone whose main motivation in life is money should definitely NOT be a coach!

It’s the people that matter! It’s seeing people break free of things that once limited them.

It’s seeing people hit their goals.
It’s seeing people get healthier, stronger, and more fit.

Here’s a quick example:

After our training today, a bunch of us went out to get some dinner. During the meal, one of the guys says to me, “Hey Coach, my three rep max today was ten pounds more than my one rep max three months ago!”

I was thrilled to hear that! He worked very hard to achieve that!

I love coaching!

 

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(Getting coached on my squat by the legendary Powerlifter, Ed Coan)

No one wants to get “no repped”in a meet or on a test; solid technique will solve that problem.

Isn’t there more to having good technique than that?

Why do coaches constantly stress technique anyhow?

First, let me clarify that, good coaches do and  lousy coaches don’t.

Good technique will definitely help you get stronger and help prevent injuries.

Here’s a few reasons why:

  • improved structural integrity
  • full range of motion is achieved
  • coordination is enhanced
  • speed increases
  • better mind/body connection
  • more effective use of available energy
  • body control/stability gets better

Excellent technique coupled with smart programming will help both the seasoned strength athlete and the novice lifter get better overall.

Life is unpredictable, at best, you never know what you might be facing that day when you get up in the morning. I believe that our training should build a well-rounded readiness for any situation.

If someone were to ask how we train at the Cave, for instance, “Do you do Powerlifting or Olympic Weightlifting?”, the answer is yes. It’s not one or the other.

Whether it’s CrossFit or Strongman or Underground Strength, or PowerX, the answer is yes, once again.

Do we prefer barbells, dumbbells,  kettlebells, sandbags, kegs, stones, logs, bands, chains, sleds, or bodyweight? The answer is still yes.

Bruce Lee said, “If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them”.

 

 

 

 

One of the statements that caught my attention when I first found CrossFit in 2004 was that nature punishes the specialist.

Over the years I have learned from numerous coaches and athletes who are very accomplished in their respective sports, whether it is Powerlifting, Strongman, Underground, Olympic Weightlifting, CrossFit and more.

In the overall scheme of things we need to make a distinction between training just for general fitness and training for a competitive sport.

Being able to lift, run, swim, climb, jump, carry, fight, etc. are all part of a generalized approach to fitness.

This approach can be extremely useful in daily life, especially as the world gets crazier, it seems, every day. You never know what you might encounter, and this is a way to be better prepared.

However, if you a competitor, it is vital to be a specialist in your sport. The things that are great for generalized fitness will not be helpful, for example, in getting a big total in Powerlifting.

It is important to know why you are training and what your goals are before you begin your training journey.

If you are already training, and decide to change from generalized fitness to a competitive lifting sport, you will need to dial in your training to fit that new goal.

Make smart choices and follow through on them.

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Legendary Powerlifter, Ed Coan (left) and myself (right) at Coach Coan’s Powerlifting Seminar.

Here at the Cave we continuously strive to bring you the very best training we possibly can. We learn from the best coaches/athletes  around so we can help you achieve your goals.

When you see this sign, drive through to the back parking lot!

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