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I have worked with many athletes and helped them to train through injuries in order to prepare them for upcoming competitions. With the proper knowledge of the injury and an educated program design, athletes can make overall performance gains and see improvements to the injury itself.

We’ve all done it—missed a snatch behind and reassured ourselves by saying a miss behind is better than a miss in front. I would agree that in some cases this is true, but definitely not always, and the causes of a miss behind need to be identified and corrected just like any other miss....
Peer pressure is real. You will turn into the five people that you spend the most time with. If you have certain goals that you want to accomplish, then you need to surround yourself with people who possess traits that will help you reach those goals. Whether your goals are in weightlifting or...
All great athletes have a mental switch, and it should be your goal to get one too. Think of a light switch in your house. You flip it, and the lights turn on. Pretty simple, right? Well, a mental switch is in your brain. When you flip it, your mind goes to a state of perfect concentration,...

The importance of teaching fundamentals in the Olympic style Weightlifting cannot be overemphasized. The fundamentals are stance, grip, and position! It must be remembered that 99% of all missed lifts are attributed to these three common attributes. Therefore, it's extremely important to work...

So…programming. I’ve written about it several times, along with Greg, every other coach in the sport, every other athlete in the sport, every CrossFit coach in every box in the world, and every newbie who’s been in the game for 18 months and competed in three meets and thinks he’s a...

Recently, I had a conversation with a climber who, like me, has a very limited amount of time available for her sport. Because of her work and family commitments, she is only able to climb once or twice a week. What fascinated me was that she doesn’t see this lack of available practice time as...

The 2018 Tough Mudder X Championship has come and gone, but unlike the bars on the obstacles, the awesomeness of this event was not hard to grasp. 

I work with far too many athletes and people who miss out on the full benefits of their training by failing to put in the time to recovery properly. It is easy to feel like progress is being made when you are breathing hard, your legs are burning, and sweat is pouring. Slowing down, being...

Flexibility is an athletic trait often admired when demonstrated but rarely discussed otherwise. It also seems to be at the center of many arguments, often involving the word Yoga and quickly eliciting facial contortion. Although things seem to be changing lately, historically the topic of...

Looking to learn proper jerk form from professionals? Look no further. Watch the videos below to see the USA Weightlifting athletes demonstrate three different jerks. 

Flexibility is an athletic trait often admired when demonstrated but rarely discussed otherwise. It also seems to be at the center of many arguments, often involving the word Yoga and quickly eliciting facial contortion. Although things seem to be changing lately, historically the topic of...

Do you think your clean form could use a little tinkering? Watch these videos created by USA Weightlifting that demonstrate proper clean form. It never hurts to learn from the professionals. 

We all work on strength, speed, power, and endurance to improve our CrossFit abilities. We hit new PR’s on our lifts, WOD’s seem to be a little easier, and we Rx more often. It’s so much fun!But are we doing all that we can to improve our abilities? To be truly well rounded, shouldn’t we be...

If you need help with your snatch form, you've come to the right place. Watch these instructional videos below on how to properly execute three different snatches.

I used to not think about other people’s training so much—about their mental state and struggles, or the fact that their minds may be racing during training as well. It’s not because I am some selfish girl who doesn’t care about my teammates, I simply didn’t think that anyone else struggled as I...

There's no one better to learn perfect weightlifting form from than the national governing body overseeing the sport of weightlifting in the United States. If you're looking to improve form on your push and pulls, check out the three videos below and make the adjustments necessary to better your...

How much should I snatch and clean & jerk if I back squat this much? This is a question I get a lot, and there isn't a simple, formulaic answer. Put simply, it depends on your own strengths and weaknesses. I have seen enormous ranges even just in my own gym, let alone outside of it. You will...

Even after winning the National Lacrosse League championship in only their second season, the Georgia Swarm are still looking for ways to gain a competitive edge over their opponents. For the reigning champs, Kill Cliff Endure is that edge.

There’s nothing like a good massage to help alleviate pain, prevent injuries, or just find a rare moment of Zen while lying on a table and remembering how to breathe. That said, a massage is only as good as the person giving it, and it’s always a bummer to put time and money into a crappy...

Snowed in at 7,000 feet and surrounded by the snow-topped mountains of Afghanistan, Navy SEAL Josh Jespersen could think of nothing else but how to snowboard them. It was these mountains that inspired Josh to move to Colorado to pursue snowboarding and mountaineering as a lifestyle. These days,...

As I sat down to write this blog post for Kill Cliff about fitness, I spent some time scratching my head as to what value I could provide in this category. Sure, I had run a CrossFit gym for three years and competed in Regionals a few times. But that’s not exactly exclusive territory these days,...

OBJECT: STRENGTH, WORK CAPACITY, CHASSIS INTEGRITY

What do the Navy SEALs, sky diving and base jumping have in common? Andy Stumpf has made a career out of all of them. A member of the SEAL Teams for 17 years, he now spends half of his year on professional sky diving and base jumping endeavors (he likes to call himself a “professional gravity...
For as long as he can remember, USA Olympian and Level 5 Olympic Weightlifting Coach Michael Cohen knew he’d become an athlete. At age three, his father and top-notch weightlifter Howard Cohen gave him a set of plastic weights and taught him to squat. Three Olympic Games later (one as an...

Growing up, being an outdoorsman was a family tradition for professional archer John Dudley. On hiatus from his high school and soon-to-be college football career due to injury, John spontaneously signed up for a competitive archery tournament and his passion for the sport was reignited. He put...

Tempo training is important at all stages of an athlete’s development – from beginners who simply want to learn to lift weights and shed a few pounds to Olympic caliber athletes of all disciplines. Here are my top 3 reasons for including tempo prescriptions with lifts:Improved Quality of Movement

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