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: 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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Weightlifting 101: What Everyone Needs To Know Before Competing

Weightlifting 101: What Everyone Needs To Know Before Competing

If this is your first weightlifting meet, I would not worry about making a weight cut.  Instead, go into the competition feeling comfortable and ready to focus your energy on making all of your lifts.  If you are planning a weight cut, make sure to bring plenty of fluids as well as a nutrient dense snack to replenish your body before the competition begins.

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The Achilles Heel of the Female Weightlifter

The Achilles Heel of the Female Weightlifter

We have all probably seen it by now… a snatch missed behind or an unstable jerk that leads to the very scary hyperextended elbow.  Why is this more commonly seen in female weightlifters?  Well it turns out that females are more susceptible to this type of injury due to our specific anatomy.

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The Squat Jerk: What does it take?

The Squat Jerk: What does it take?

Leg strength, leg strength, leg strength... and great shoulder mobility and terrific overall stability.  These three things are required for anyone who looks to compete in Olympic weightlifting using the Squat Jerk technique. What the Squat Jerk may remove in technical complexity (compared to the more common Split Jerk), it more than makes up for in brute strength and physical requirements.

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A Recap of the 2016 USA National Championships: The California Strength Women's Team

A Recap of the 2016 USA National Championships: The California Strength Women's Team

This year we had the amazing opportunity to send SIX stunning women to compete for and represent California Strength at the 2016 National Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The lineup included a number of individual medalists and one lady in Olympic Trial portion of the meet!  We came together as a team that weekend and learned so much, bringing our friendship closer than ever before.

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Strictly for the Ladies

What do I have that the boys don’t besides great hair, good hygiene, awesome personality, brains, common sense...  Eventually we thought to work with my hormones and, that’s right, MY PERIOD.  After some research and some testing, we had success with timing my training progressions and deloads with my menstrual cycle.

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Preparing for the Open with Rachael Stull

Preparing for the Open with Rachael Stull

During my preparation for the 2016 Open, we needed to increase strength while maintaining my metabolic capacity, and the solution was adding The Barbell WOD programming to my training arsenal. The Barbell WOD provided a spotlight focus on my Olympic weightlifting while still allowing me to recover enough to complete my daily Metcons.  The strength that I gained as a result of the programming has had a huge impact on increasing my 1RM's in the Olympic lifts and building CrossFit-specific strength in barbell cycling.

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