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Improve your weight lifting

» by April 28th, 2013 at 7:54 pm » Comments (9)

Improve your weight lifting by following these simple tips. Improve squat, deadlift, pull up, snatch, clean and jerk and many more. Get stronger, banish your weaknesses!

Show up, lift things

» by March 16th, 2010 at 11:52 pm » Comments (22)

It’s funny how competitions, whether local, national or (occasionally) international have quickly become part of my life and my annual schedule. I still get nervous but it seems natural to be competing and, conversely, it feels weird when I haven’t got a meet to train for. But due to the very low level of female […]

Review of Dan John seminar in Ireland

» by January 8th, 2010 at 5:33 pm » Comments (0)

So, an Irishman, an Australian and an American walk into a bar….and among other things they decided to open a gym, Informed Performance in Dublin, and invite coach, athlete, philosopher and all-round good guy Dan John to come and deliver a two-day seminar, download 42 years of strength training wisdom and share a few beers […]

Coach Dan John answers your questions

» by December 20th, 2009 at 9:55 pm » Comments (6)

Christmas has come early here at! Coach Dan John answers your training questions below. We got some interesting questions from people with a variety of needs and goals – from military personnel to bodybuilder to rugby player. So even if you didn’t ask a question, there is plenty to think about, try out and […]

Strength revelations: what I’ve learned from strongman

» by December 2nd, 2009 at 12:07 am » Comments (19)

Photo credit: Chris Barclay Often trying something new can make certain movements, concepts or sensations really click for you. Recently I had a go at a Strength & Power event – inspired by strongman but scaled for all weight classes. I turned out to be the only female in the event, competing against the guys […]

Lifting and carrying – are you getting enough?

» by November 11th, 2009 at 1:25 am » Comments (11)

Hey, this functional training stuff really works! I’ve just spend the weekend moving house and apart from some help unloading  (including from my awesome 80-year-old aunty who is of a generation that could actually do stuff) I basically did it all myself. I was expecting to feel very tired and achey afterwards but this didn’t […]

Review: A Philosophy of Strength Training from Dan John

» by October 5th, 2009 at 12:33 pm » Comments (8)

Is watching a Dan John lecture on DVD the best fun you can have on your own? In my world, it probably is. I spent a delightful Saturday night in the company of the Yoda of strength training, listening to him give away a lifetime of wisdom with humour, clarity and purpose. Dan John is […]

Review: Everything’s Over My Head from Dan John

» by October 5th, 2009 at 12:10 pm » Comments (5)

This 3-part DVD from strength coach, thrower and all-round good guy Dan John combines three films that he’s made some time in the (looks like) dim and distant past before Windows Movie Maker. For me this is like watching old Bones Brigade movies. You can giggle at the low budget, dated production values for about […]

The wisdom of Dan John

» by September 24th, 2008 at 8:16 pm » Comments (4)

Who is this man who has such a suitably evocative name? ‘Dan’ conjures images of a deadly judo master; ‘John’ is reminiscent of the prophets. Even T-Nation calls him “Yoda”… Dan John is one of the few strength pundits who is both teacher and pupil. He has a clear, engaging prose style and everything he […]