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May 19th, 2014 by Mistress Krista | Comments Off on How to be a good coaching client
So you’ve hired a trainer or a coach. Good for you! This is an important and useful first step in keeping yourself accountable, learning the basics of the lifts, and having a plan that’s tailored to your needs and goals. Now, don’t be an asshole and cock it up. You have to hold up your end of the bargain too. Here’s how.
November 26th, 2013 by Mistress Krista | Comments Off on How Much Weight Should You Lift?
Beginners often wonder: How much should I lift? How much CAN I lift? The answer is easy: Lift the right weight for YOU. Here’s how to figure it out.
October 20th, 2013 by Mistress Krista | Comments Off on Weight Training for Swimming
Many swimmers don’t combine weight training with swimming. That’s a mistake. If you’re a swimmer, I highly recommend that you support your swimming with some strength and conditioning work. Here’s how.
December 31st, 2012 by Geoff Girvitz | Comments Off on Pulling Without Pullups? How To Train Your No-Tech Pull
Pulling is a primal movement pattern, and great for bodyweight-only exercises. But what if you don’t have a pullup bar, or aren’t strong enough (yet) to make pullups the cornerstone of your bodyweight routine? Enter the crawl. Drop and get under that barbed wire field, soldier!
September 4th, 2010 by Mistress Krista | 15 Comments
Most fighters end up with certain muscles totally overdeveloped. Because of the way grappling works, the psoas muscles get very, very tight. However, many non-grapplers also have a lot of psoas problems, simply from sitting all day. The psoas shortens and becomes tight. An overdeveloped, shortened psoas means less mobility, reduced speed, and greater risk of injury.
April 30th, 2010 by Geoff Girvitz | 43 Comments
The original LTMD Program provided an antidote for those of you paralyzed by too much information. Phase II helps keep you moving forward while you continue to learn.
July 11th, 2009 by Geoff Girvitz | 82 Comments
For those new to strength training, details can be a little overwhelming. After all, you might just want some simple advice on getting started. If so, this article is for you. This program starts you off with a few basic movements that are guaranteed to increase your overall strength and fitness if you’re a beginner.
December 31st, 2008 by Mistress Krista | 39 Comments
Remember that one of the big lies in the gym was that women should stick to machines and stay away from free weights? Related to that is the lie that one should “start out” on machines and then “graduate” to free weights. Well, here’s why it ain’t so, as well as why free weights are often better for women.
December 26th, 2008 by Mistress Krista | 73 Comments
Staying weak because of how it might make you look is the same as staying illiterate for fear of appearing nerdy. Women have somehow been sold a false bill of goods when it comes to working out. Here’s why flapping your arms around with purple dumbbells is not typically helpful.
December 25th, 2008 by Mistress Krista | 37 Comments
In the first part of this article, we discovered why lifting weights for strength is not going to turn you into a she-beast. In the second part, Geoff Girvitz gives you some concrete examples of how to put the theory of getting stronger into practice.