Building strength without barbells

One of my favorite training tools is the sled. You can work with a heavy load and not directly load the spine. Hand-over-hand sled pulls build strength from Frank DiMeo on Vimeo.

Know why you are training and what you are training for

    People are confused about many things these days, every thing from politics to gender to eating habits and so forth. One thing I have noticed as a coach is people are confused about what it takes to improve various aspects of their health and fitness. A person came to my gym “to getContinue reading “Know why you are training and what you are training for”

Why good technique is so important

(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 andContinue reading “Why good technique is so important”

Getting strong from every angle

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?”,Continue reading “Getting strong from every angle”

Does nature punish the specialist?

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 schemeContinue reading “Does nature punish the specialist?”

If someone else can do it, so can you if….

Every year I love watching the CrossFit Games (even people who don’t like CrossFit often still watch them, go figure). The jaw-dropping performances almost stagger the imagination; but there is the catch. Many people just think “I could never do that”, and you know what? They are right. They have already sabotaged themselves. They haveContinue reading “If someone else can do it, so can you if….”

Try, fail, try, fail, try again, success eventually