Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Olympic Weightlifting Book

Don't be a chump.

Buy this book.

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Here's the low-down;

Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide for Athletes & Coaches is the most comprehensive and practical book available on learning, teaching and performing the Olympic lifts for athletes of all disciplines. Progressing logically from start to finish, the book covers every aspect of learning and training with both the simplicity necessary for the novice and the complexity desired by the more advanced. Contains more than 50 supplemental exercises and over 600 photographs.
(300 pages)

Greg Everett is an NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, USA Weightlifting Club Coach, RKC Kettlebell Instructor, Level III CrossFit Trainer, CSUH Certified Personal Trainer and holds a BA in English from CSU Chico. Everett is the publisher and co-founder of the internationally acclaimed athletic performance journal, The Performance Menu.

Judo PR

Snatch Progression

Been working on my O Lifts...

So, with the clean I have a hard time completing the second pull (the phase from the knee until triple extension is complete). I am also a little slow with the third pull, which is to say that I don't get under the bar or lower myself to a receiving position very fast.
You can see all about that here; Clean

It's at least a little better with the snatch. In most of the videos, I seem to catch the tall or high hang snatches and the 'full' snatches right about parallel, which is better than my power clean into front squat phenomena.
I am also getting a better second pull done (i think). I look and feel a little slow though, but I think this has at least a little to do with the weight. Something a little heavier would force some more speed in the second and third pulls. Anyways, here's what I've been up to;

5000 Visitors & the ERG

Two Announcements;

- The blog has now received over 5000 unique visitors, which is totally awesome!

- Since purchasing my C2 Rower, I have totally discovered rowing. I have been rowing 500m sprints left and right for the last few days like a maniac. I hit one at 1:39, which I think for a beginner and a lightweight isn't bad. But I'd have to go a long way to catch the world record holders down at 1:23!

In short, I will be experimenting with different types of training protocols on the erg, and hope to share my findings.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Ronda Rousey, Orgasmic Sneezer

An interview with future Olympic Gold Medalist, Ronda Rousey.

Olympic Trials : Judo

Here are some highlights from the trials, reposted from Myspace TV.

2008 USA Judo Olympic Trials

Ronda destroying with O Uchi. It seems like only yesterday she was winning the Junior worlds with O uchi.

2008 USA Judo Olympic Trials

Travis Stevens (81kg) makes a slick transition to juji gatame.

2008 USA Judo Olympic Trials

Travis nailing a huge Seoi.

2008 USA Judo Olympic Trials

Ryan Reser (73kg) with a totally slick switch to Kata Guruma

2008 USA Judo Olympic Trials

Valery Gotay is a girl after my own heart. She sprawls and stuffs a crappy shot, and does a high crotch/te guruma version of a gut wrench, dumping her opponent back on the floor, this time, the other way around. Love it.

2008 USA Judo Olympic Trials

More of the Same from Valery!

2008 USA Judo Olympic Trials

Another great Te Guruma, this time from Aaron Cohen

Monday, July 21, 2008

Fedor Emelianenko

vs Tim Sylvia

Friday, July 18, 2008

Judo Counters

Sometimes, you eat the bear, and sometimes, the bear eats you.

Is that some kind of Eastern thing?

Far from it.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

remember when I used to deadlift

This is mostly for my benefit, to re-inspire me to return to my PTTP roots.

This was back last summer. I was weighing about 155lbs.

This is also a good look at 1RM DL'ing. Watch the form regress, but not 'fail' outright.

Deadlift 339lbs

Nice and clean ~90%

Deadlift 359lbs

still looking pretty good. Hips come up a little faster, overall lift is a little slower. I drop the bar right after lock out. It was a double overhand grip. You try 2.3x bodyweight like that sometime! ~95%

Deadlift : 369lbs

My hips come straight up, and I lose some thoracic extension, but my lumbar remains arched. I am a strong 'rdl'er', and that's basically what I did here. Don't recommend it for everyone.

Deadlift 379lbs

It should be clear that this is a MAX effort. The lift required about 6 seconds to complete from lift off until lock out. I lost ALL thoracic extension. However, my lumbar remained straight (rather than arched). This was absolutely 100% of 1RM. Another 5lbs would have shut me down. At the time, I wished to compete with the PTTP DL team, which required a contest performance of 2.5 x BW. This was about 2.43 for me at the time. I needed additional time to prepare for the RKC certification, so I stopped.

My 'Crossfit' Garage Gym

Just wanted to share some pics of my evolving Garage gym facility;

Friday, July 11, 2008

Kettlebells for Sale

Following are some KBs that I no longer need. I will give a photo and a brief description. I will also list a price. This is for local pick up. I can ship them, but keep in mind that this will cost ridiculous amounts of money.
Expect to pay about $1/kg in shipping. So don't ask unless you're willing to pay that. Fair enough?

If you don't find what you are looking for, I can strongly recommend MuscleDriver USA for a good bell at an exceptional value.

This is an Ader 'competition' style bell. It has a narrow handle to facilitate high rep snatches. I never got comfortable with the smooth finish of the Ader, but some people love it.

Same gig as the one above, only 24kgs.

Another Ader, this is the regular model. Has a huge handle! Great for two handed lifts. If you're a crossfitter that simply needs a 24kg bell for swings, this is THE BELL for you.

Here's a 16kg MuscleDriver bell. It's a V1. I have like 4 of these. Just making some more room in the courage corner.

Here's a 28kg MuscleDriver V1. I have a few of these too. Love 'em. This is my preferred 'heavy' bell (I am all of 155lbs). This is windmill, snatch and press city!

Awww... This is a Power Systems bell. Very similar to the 'PowerMax'. Very rough finish, very short handle. Great for a ladies' starter bell. 20lbs

Well, that's it for now. If you are interested in one of my babies, please mail me with your serious inquiry!
I am not really in the mood to haggle nor field endless questions. The price is fair.
If you don't know the brands, you can google 'em. Here's what some people have said;
crossfit forum thread


Drop me a line!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Brazilian Judo

Just wanted to share a bit about the Brazilian Women's National team.
See video below;

Uploaded by isapro

Kettlebells for sale

I will posting some pictures and prices in response to some queries;

look for about 4-8 KBs of varying sizes, handle design and manufacture here on the blog in a few days.


Wednesday, July 9, 2008

New posts coming soon!

I was in an awesome car crash (not my fault) on thursday the 3rd.

It looks like my car will be totaled.

I took an exam yesterday. I will take one today. Two tommorrow. One on Friday.

Somewhere in there, I gotta go get a rental car.

I will get back to training related info soon. Thanks!