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How low should I squat?

» by November 22nd, 2008 at 7:16 pm » Comments (21)

Photo credit: This is a very common question on strength training forums and it is not surprising. Across all the sports and activities that involve squatting, each seems to have a different rule or convention: Olympic weightlifters squat very deep but their load is in a different position (not on the back) and the […]

How much can you lift?

» by November 13th, 2008 at 12:33 am » Comments (35)

This is a question as much for my male readers as my female readers: do you have a conception of how much weight women can/should be lifting? Because relatively few women lift free weights and of those who do, many are new to lifting, it is deemed appropriate to be encouraging about any lifting stats […]

The Loneliness of the Lifter

» by November 10th, 2008 at 10:37 pm » Comments (7)

Psychology plays a big part in any sport but strength training is an interesting example in that it is pursued by many on their own, often in their own basement or garage gym. For those of us who train in solitary, it can be a lonely business. It is just you, the weight and a […]

Review: Crossfit London i-Course

» by November 3rd, 2008 at 10:43 pm » Comments (16)

On Sunday I attended the Crossfit London i-course in east London, a full day event aiming to teach participants all the essential Crossfit skills, from olympic lifts to rings to kettlebells to bodyweight exercises. I was invited to attend and review the course by Andrew Stemler of Crossfit London, whom I have trained with before. […]