“I want to get stronger but I don't know how! I’m new to the weight room and find it intimidating.”
You want to get stronger but you find the weights area in the gym intimidating and you are nervous about injuring yourself.
You are either new to strength training or you have tried to do some in the past but you don’t feel confident enough in your technique or your knowledge to train on your own.
You want to learn good technique and know exactly what to do in the gym to get the results you want. You want to feel confident in your lifting and know what to do to keep progressing.
“I love lifting weights but I really need help with the Olympic lifts. I haven’t had enough time and coaching to learn the technique properly.”
You want to learn or improve your olympic lifting: the snatch and the clean and jerk. You may be doing Crossfit, a sport or just interested in adding olympic lifting to your training.
You want a confidence-building experience where you learn the movements properly and at a pace that suits you.
You need dedicated time to master the technique under the eye of an experienced weightlifting coach.
"I need expert help with my weight training. I want to make sure I am using correct technique and the right approach for my goals.”
You’re worried that your technique and training isn’t good enough and you want to address any weaknesses or issues, making yourself bulletproof for whatever challenge you want to take on.
You are committed to working one-to-one with an expert to build a solid foundation of strength and confidence in yourself.
You may have an upcoming challenge or sporting event to prepare for which will mean you need to step up your game.
This post gives some practical tips on training around injury.
Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor or a physio, so this article is written from the point of view of an athlete and a coach of other athletes.
Many people, especially those new to training, are worried about injury.
They can overreact when they get a minor injury. People will avoid training altogether or stuff themselves with ibuprofen.
Experienced strength athletes get used to training around injury. They learn how to identify and handle different types of pain. Read More
Shakespeare reckoned there were seven Ages of Man. I’ve limited my stages of progress to five.
This is an exciting time for both lifter and coach. You go from knowing absolutely nothing, to being able to lift an actual weight. You’re like a baby, developing fast; every day is a new miracle. You can get a personal best practically every session. Read More
It is vital to protect your back when deadlifting, or doing any exercise in a bent-over position – such as bent-over row, clean, snatch.
You need to maintain a tight, flat back position.
However, many people struggle with this, especially if a lift starts from low down on the floor, like a deadlift or a snatch.
You may not have the mobility or strength to get into a safe position close to the floor.
If that sounds familiar, then there is a method to help you train the body to maintain position right from the floor: the pre-load method (or pre-tension method).
This will protect your back when deadlifting, or lifting any kind of heavy weights off the floor. Read More
Staying consistent with your training is one of the toughest tasks out there – for all but the most dedicated gym rat/student/young PT who has all the time in the world to spend in the gym.
Work gets really fucking busy!
Other responsibilities distract you, you fall out of routine and all of a sudden the spell is broken. You haven’t been to the gym in weeks, and it seems pointless to start again. Read More
It is impossible to do something perfectly AND learn from it.
If it was ‘perfect’, what have you learned?
And yet I see many lifters expecting to be able to do a new drill or a new weight lifting technique perfectly (or near enough) first time.
Chasing perfection basically means that you are trying to skip the entire learning process and jump straight to the end. Jump straight to what takes elite lifters years of practise!
Doesn’t that sound kinda arrogant? Entitled, maybe? Read More
There’s a simple tactic that could put kilos on your squat right now.
Sounds like clickbait, right?
But it’s true and I have clients to prove it (as you will see below). Read More
Imagine a wet noodle deadlifting 100kg! Knees, hips, back all moving from side to side and collapsing over.
I’ve seen quite a few ‘wet noodle’ deadlifts in my time. They are more common in women, because women tend to be more mobile and curvy (e.g. narrower waist relative to hips). Read More
I meet a lot of lifters who want to go to max all the time.
I understand the temptation. You are on a roll, on the steep part of the strength curve, and you want to see how far you can push it.
PBs are exciting, they are something to celebrate!
But going to max all the time is not the path to big weights. Read More
Recently I’ve been seeing a lot of people using a deadlift stance that is too wide. This limits the amount of weight you can pull off the floor and in some people can put unnecessary strain on the knee ligaments.
I often get clients coming to me who have been lifting before and want to get their form checked. When I ask these new clients why they have adopted a wide deadlift stance, they often say that they have just not thought about it, or that they’ve always deadlifted this way.
I imagine that many more people are in this position. Perhaps even you? Read More
At our last powerlifting team training session, I had the athletes doing sets of 4-6 reps on the bench press at 85% of max.
It’s quite tough!
One of my athletes did her first set, ably spotted by her training buddy. Rep 5 was a bit of a grinder but she managed it. I was all ready to shout in support for her 6th rep effort, when she racked the bar! Read More
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