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Testing your one rep max

» by August 28th, 2009 at 12:01 am » Comments (20)

To test your one rep max on the power lifts or the olympic lifts, follow these simple principles. Find out when the best time is to test your one rep max and why it is useful to do this on a regular basis.



Get the Elite Fitness Manual here!

» by June 30th, 2009 at 11:41 pm » Comments (2)

Olympic lifts, kettlebells, gymnastic rings….these are a few of our favourite things…. Ever wished that there was a single instruction manual containing all of this cool stuff? Well, now there is! Andrew Stemler, creator of the popular i-Course – a full day of learning all the key Crossfit skills – has produced a manual to […]



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. […]



How-to: Overhead squat

» by March 25th, 2008 at 12:27 am » Comments (30)

The overhead squat is one of the most challenging lifts in weight training, short of the olympic lifts themselves. If you want to try something a bit different, give it a go. You’ll soon find out what real core stability is! What is the overhead squat? The overhead squat is a deep squat performed while […]



Types of weight training

» by February 10th, 2008 at 1:40 am » Comments (6)

This is the second article in the series Getting into weight training: a female-friendly guide. 1. Why lift weights? 4. Exercise technique 2. Types of weight training 5. Training programmes 3. Starting out 6. Create your own programme Most commercial gyms have a combination of free weights and resistance machines. This guide deals with free […]



The Clean: common problems

» by January 5th, 2008 at 3:39 pm » Comments (10)

At a recent Crossfit London session, we focussed on clean technique. Although we had all done the clean before, we were generally not very experienced in this move and variously exhibited these common problems: Rounding of the lower back Elbows too low ‘Reverse curling’ the bar up rather than shrugging Crossfit encourages full squat cleans, […]



Crossfit London sunday workouts

» by December 22nd, 2007 at 2:35 pm » Comments (5)

Crossfit London does Fight Gone Bad I’m in London for the festive season so I have grabbed the opportunity to get some quality Crossfit sessions in. I’ve been going to the weekly Workout On Sunday sessions down in Stratford, east London. As you can see from the picture above, there’s no poncing about in gyms, […]



Olympic weightlifting: starting out

» by December 10th, 2007 at 5:57 pm » Comments (13)

Strength exercises to prepare you for olympic weightlifting



How-to: One-arm dumbbell snatch

» by November 24th, 2007 at 3:36 am » Comments (53)

Learn the one-arm dumbbell snatch to develop explosive power and speed. Step-by-step instructions, photos and videos.



Types of strength

» by November 10th, 2007 at 12:14 am » Comments (10)

If you are after all-round strength, it’s important to understand the different types of strength – or even that there are different types of strength. It will help you to pin down what kind of training you need to do to reach your goals. It will also help you to cut through the crap when […]