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How to power clean

» by January 9th, 2014 at 10:11 am » Comments (17)

The power clean is one of the best movements you can do for power, strength and explosiveness. It’s a bit of a challenge to learn – but it’s no fun if everything comes easy, right? The difference between a power clean and a clean is that in the power clean the bar is caught with […]



Improve your weight lifting

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

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!



How-to: Good morning

» by July 26th, 2010 at 11:16 pm » Comments (16)

How to perform the barbell good morning, for powerlifters, olympic weightlifters and bodybuilders. Step by step guide with photo illustrations and video demo. Also includes concentric good morning.



Tied up with technique?

» by June 21st, 2010 at 12:11 am » Comments (10)

Are you more concerned with how good your technique is than how much you are lifting?



Why you should full squat

» by September 2nd, 2009 at 1:29 pm » Comments (21)

Full squat means ‘ass to grass’, getting down as far as you can go. I’ve written before about squat depth and concluded that squatting as deep as you can safely is best for bringing the benefits of the squat to the greatest number of people. But is this enough? Is this all we should be […]



Mystery of the squat

» by August 13th, 2009 at 11:18 am » Comments (22)

At the time of writing I have not written a ‘how to’ on the squat, although I’ve written one for most of the other major exercises. This is because to me, it is a huge topic and I am not sure how I would approach it and attempt to do it justice. So instead, I […]



Review: Strength Rituals DVD

» by August 6th, 2009 at 10:51 am » Comments (16)

Gushing reviews are not, I hope, what you have come to expect on this website. I like to think my style is measured and discerning. Well I’m sorry folks you are going to have to put up with a bit of girly gush because I love this DVD!! I’ve never seen anything that has made […]



Quick and dirty push ups

» by August 4th, 2009 at 11:12 pm » Comments (4)

What happened to summer?! Here in the UK we’re into August and still hardly any sunshine. I usually train outdoors but even the hardiest of fitness fanatics would have been discouraged by the downpoars we have been experiencing recently. So I got in a quick workout indoors in my tiny flat and I thought I […]



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 […]



No more girly push ups!

» by June 22nd, 2009 at 9:14 pm » Comments (11)

I have been to many circuit classes in my time and in every class the women are allowed to do ‘girly push ups’ – push ups on your knees. This is fine for beginners and it is a fact of life that the vast majority of women, myself included, start off with a real disadvantage […]