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Kettlebell Lifting Basics

In this article, I share with you how to perform four result-producing kettlebell movements as an introduction to this unique and powerful style of training. Used in conjunction with other training tools, the techniques I present here can greatly help you develop a higher level of physical development and fitness. I have been lifting kettlebells […]

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Beast Pistol Squat

I’ve done beast pistols before but this is the first time in a while. I was happy to be able to get a rep the first time I tried without it being too much of a struggle. Now, I’ll be working up to a few reps in this shortly. I’m not a strict bodyweight guy […]

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Research Benefits of Deep Breathing Exercises

What Deep Breathing Does for You Recently I came across some new papers on the benefits of deep breathing exercises. Like this paper titled, “Physiology of long pranayamic breathing: neural respiratory elements may provide a mechanism that explains how slow deep breathing shifts the autonomic nervous system.” (Yep, they pretty much all have long convoluted […]

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How to Be Breathed

“Be Breathed” is a concept I learned many years ago from Scott Sonnon. It is the idea of the movement breathing you, rather than you breathing…even unconsciously. If you missed the previous video and post, that covers the difference between anatomic (or natural) breathing and paradoxical breathing. You must understand that concept first. Then come […]

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Breathing Principle – Anatomic vs. Paradox

Understanding the breathing principle of anatomic (or natural) vs. paradox is very important when breathing is combined with any sort of movement. This is as opposed to just sitting there doing breathing exercises. This video breaks this down in simple to understand terms using squats as an example of how you want to use each […]

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To Press a Lot You Must Press a Lot

“To press a lot you must press a lot.” This saying comes from Russian weightlifting circles. Kinda like a Zen koan, there is some enfolded meaning within it. One of the simple ways of looking at it is like this: “To press a lot of weight, you must press frequently and with volume.” That means […]

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Flow in Workouts

I’ve been reading through Mihaly Csikzentmihalyi’s Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. This book has been gracing my bookshelf for years now, yet I hadn’t read it. I was dissuaded as I heard it is a tough read, something like a textbook.   Well, some textbooks are worth reading… The flow state has received lots […]

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Yardstick Conditioning

This is a concept I first learned from Bud Jeffries. I believe he outlined it inside of Twisted Conditioning 2, though I could have that mixed up. Bud was the first guy I saw that was really doing it all. While many people were bodyweight only guys, or kettlebell guys, or clubbell people, here was […]

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Why You Should Avoid Buying Kettlebells in Stores

Kettlebells are fun to use, so it’s no wonder the kettlebells found in stores are often taken for a test swing by curious shoppers. Unfortunately, most of these shoppers don’t know the difference in quality between what they’re swinging and what a high-quality kettlebell retailer can provide. A high-quality kettlebell is just as important to […]

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Progression Keys – Intensity, Volume, Density, Quality, RPE

I’m going to be doing a series on progression in training. Why? Because this is the most important aspect, the principle, that you must understand in order to get results. And, sadly, most people do NOT really understand progression. I haven’t talked about progression all that much since writing The Master Keys to Strength and […]

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