Mobility For Athletes: When You Have No Time To Warm Up

Mobility For Athletes: When You Have No Time To Warm Up

It happens to all of us at one time or another, sometimes more than we would care to admit. Still, stepping on to the platform is hard enough on the body and with no warm up at all, you are more susceptible to injury. This quick flowing series is easy to remember and can serve as a warm up for those days when you just don’t have time to complete your full warm up.

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Mobility For Athletes: Shoulders and Triceps

Mobility For Athletes: Shoulders and Triceps

Tight shoulders and triceps are a common occurrence among Olympic weightlifters and are often one of the first areas that we need to address when on boarding a new member to the California Strength team. As a result of the sheer volume of overhead movement that every Olympic weightlifter undertakes, the upper body is often left feeling stiff and tight. To combat this stress, it is important to maintain a mobile upper body with a particular focus on opening your front rack position. In today's post, we break down two different stretches demonstrated in the video below.

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Mobility For Athletes: Banded Shoulder and Tricep Stretch

Mobility For Athletes: Banded Shoulder and Tricep Stretch

Do you long for an open, mobile and stable front rack position? How about being able to jerk behind your ears like National Champion and American Record Holder Wes Kitts? This stretch will help get you there and provide you with a mobile, stable and open front rack position perfect for executing pain free Jerks and Front Squats.

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Mobility For Athletes: Seated Forward Fold For Hamstrings

Mobility For Athletes: Seated Forward Fold For Hamstrings

As we begin the new year, so begins a new weightlifting cycle across the California Strength online programs. During any accumulation phase, relentless work is placed on your hamstrings, causing them to work at full capacity every day of training. To accommodate this work load, your body will be in need of a good stretch to keep up with such a rigorous training cycle. The following assisted variation allows you to not only focus on your form, but will produce a deeper stretch as well.

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How To Manage Your Next Weight Cut

How To Manage Your Next Weight Cut

Managing your training weight should be complementary to your weightlifting program and long term goals. Like all things weightlifting, cutting weight is a skill in itself and is very individualized. At California Strength, we practice individualized but simple weight cutting techniques that have been fool proof for our athletes time and time again.

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Mobility For Athletes: Standing Pigeon

Mobility For Athletes: Standing Pigeon

Hips hips hips. What can you do for tight hips? I hear it frequently. It’s one of the top complaints for Olympic weightlifters, much in part due to all the heavy squatting that is programmed on a regular basis. Hips are one area of the Fundamental Five; five areas that should be addressed daily to increase your range of motion. That said, a great stretch to increase hip flexion is the Standing Pigeon.

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Mobility For Athletes: Intense Couch Stretch for Your Quads and Hip Flexors

Mobility For Athletes: Intense Couch Stretch for Your Quads and Hip Flexors

The Couch Stretch is a strong quad and hip flexor stretch that is familiar to many athletes.  Instead of just jumping in, let’s first review and focus on a number of cues to help you take advantage of the full effects of this stretch. When done properly, the couch stretch is highly effective for lengthening the quadriceps and hip flexors, but with the variation below using a bench will provide a more intense stretch as well as an external stretch for the shoulders.

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How To Coach Your Significant Other

How To Coach Your Significant Other

Coaching your significant other is definitely a skill, and takes some serious practice, some would say finesse even, to maintain a environment that is conducive for training. Of course, you start with the best of intentions. You want them to lift well and would hate to jeopardize a training session because of your lack of coaching game. So here are a five simple tips to help you when coaching your significant other!

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Mobility For Athletes: Inner Wrist Stretch

Mobility For Athletes: Inner Wrist Stretch

The wrists, like ankles, are another area of the body that often gets overlooked when warming up for your weight lifting session. If you think about it, mobile and strong wrists are critically important for pain free Snatching, Cleaning and Jerking. Not only will every overhead movement benefit from having more mobile wrists but it will also improve your front rack position, which can be the difference between a made and a missed lift! Strong and mobile wrists provide support all the way up the chain from forearm to shoulder, which in turn lessens your chance of an injury.

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Mobility For Athletes: The Half Cross (Shoulder Stretch)

Mobility For Athletes: The Half Cross (Shoulder Stretch)

A few weeks ago we discussed shoulder mobility with regards to the overhead and front rack position. This week we focus around the head of the shoulder cuff and surrounding deltoid area. With many facets of the shoulder, it is important to isolate and work on each area for optimal shoulder mobility and flexibility.

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Mobility For Athletes: Calves and Ankles

Mobility For Athletes: Calves and Ankles

The calves and ankles are an often overlooked area when warming up for your training session. They are neglected and traded for the popular hamstrings and hips, but this is a critical mistake that can hold back your athletic performance. Mobile and flexible feet, calves and ankles serve as the base for bottom position stability in your Clean, Snatch and Squat.

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The OG Cal Strength Woman

The OG Cal Strength Woman

Sandra was there during my first competition, which happened to be held at California Strength.  She was in my same weight class and I thought she was absolutely crazy. Mad woman. Bonkers. A Coo Coo bird. She was screaming and talking to herself, slapping her own legs. Christ, just let me lift and get away from this lady.  Later I learned that the 49 year-old mom of four really is equal parts crazy and awesome...

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