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Having Trouble Breathing and Bracing Your Core During Overhead Press?

21 Jun 2013 18:26

If you have trouble getting a good core brace during the overhead (military) press, you're not alone. And also, you may find it difficult to breathe in general during higher rep pressing. The same general problem will probably also occur during the front squat. I have written a step by step training plan to help you learn how to breathe during front squats and the same principles apply for the overhead press. Having the elbows up and a bar in the clean position makes it difficult to get a deep breath. If you can learn to use diaphragmatic breathing1 and follow the other guidelines in the article, you should be well on your way to solving this problem.

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Motivation May be an Overused Term in Strength Training and Fitness

10 Jun 2013 13:22

The text of this of this blog post is a of the video talk presented here, which explores whether the word motivation is a misunderstood and overused word in fitness and strength training circles. Motivation is treated as if it is a black-and-white concept, and a person is either motivated or they are not motivated. It could be, however, that motivation is much more complex than this and the word used alone, without qualification, may be too vague, or too broad to be of much use.

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What is Denaturing Of Proteins and Why Do Some People Make a Big Deal of It?

04 Jun 2013 15:12

Raw foodies, and those selling so-called raw whey, make a lot of noise about proteins being denatured by cooking and so losing their natural goodness. So what does it mean for a protein to be denatured? Well, proteins are big molecules with a complex 3-dimensional shape. For a protein within your body, this shape is integral to it's function. So, they have it right when they say that denaturing of a protein renders it "nonfunctional."

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False Comparisons in Strength Training Research and Literature

08 May 2013 16:20

The most frequent fallacy committed in studies related (however loosely) to strength training is the "false comparison," also known as the false analogy or questionable analogy. Sometimes, this happens because the researchers do not have any true understanding of overall practice of strength training, and therefore compare two things that really shouldn't be compared. Other times, however, the researchers well know that they are making a false comparison, and they are using this to discover relationships and move forward in their research, rather than to prove something. It is the strength training lay public that misunderstands this and uses these studies as evidence of something.

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The Deadlift is an Anything-Goes Lift? Plus, Were the Old Time Strongmen Really Stronger?

11 Apr 2013 14:37

Olympic lifting experts often misunderstand the so-called slow lifts. The O-lifts are not technical and precise "just because." Simply speaking, there is a much thinner line between technical precision and success in the O-lifts than in the slow lifts. This has everything to do with the amount of time you have to apply force and to maneuver the body.

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