07 Feb Struggling With The Kettlebell Snatch Test? Try This

(*If you're struggling with kettlebell snatch test or simply want to make it a better experience, this article offers 2 great solutions.) One thing is certain. High rep kettlebell snatches will get you in great shape and forge a leaner, stronger, and more conditioned athletic body. The truth is, the kettlebell snatch test is not my favorite thing. I'd much rather do heavy deadlifts or clean and jerk a loaded barbell. With that said, building strength-endurance is a very important quality because it allows you to "do more" and perform better over a longer period of time. While there are many qualities of strength, strength-endurance is the ability to produce force over time, it's the ability to continue to produce force over a given time period. That is essentially what the snatch test is - sustained force over a given time. Snatching a *24 kg kettlebell (see below) in 5 minutes or less can be very grueling for most people, but it's outstanding for building a high level of conditioning, improving strength-endurance, developing explosive hip power and dynamically enhancing shoulder and upper body strength. It's a wicked exercise and explosive movement.
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01 Feb RT 195 | Why You Need Explosive Strength

In this short episode, I'll share my thoughts on why explosive strength is not only important for the athlete, but for all of us. It could be argued that developing the quality of explosive strength is the "most" important strength quality - and I'll explain why. This week's show is your "5 minutes of strength" and I may post similar shows like this in the future (where I share a quick concept in a very short episode). Let me know what you think.
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31 Jan The 5 Best Barbell Exercises On The Planet

Why would I write an article that would seem to be such common sense? I've learned that common sense is not always common practice. The reason I'm writing this article is because I recently came across a similar article on this topic. Have to say, I was shocked at what I saw what was listed as the “best barbell” exercises. It was one of the those articles that I was just shaking my head in disbelief thinking - “Really? Does the author seriously believe these are the best barbell exercises??” It occurred to me that maybe there is a misunderstanding about what the most valuable barbell exercises are. That’s when I decided to write this.
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25 Jan RT 194 | Dr. Theresa Larson – A Warrior’s Story And Approach To Performance

Dr. Theresa Larson is this week's featured guest. She has an amazing story and a fantastic approach to training and performance. You'll learn all about it in this week's show.

Dr. Theresa Larson received her doctorate in physical therapy and is a former Marine Corps Engineer Officer and Combat Veteran. She was an All-American Division I softball player at Villanova University. She is also a part of the staff at MobilityWOD and an instructor for CrossFit Mobility courses. Dr. Larson is the author of the book Warrior, A Memoir.

Theresa’s mission is to help people achieve performance goals and tackle the “why” behind the bodies movement inefficiencies.

We had a great chat this week on the show discussing her story, lessons and approach to performance.

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24 Jan 3 Unbreakable Rules For A Resilient Turkish Get-Up

When I think of a Turkish get-up, I think of the word, resilient. It's an amazing movement and extremely valuable exercise for any athlete or fitness enthusiast. Gray Cook (Author, Physical Therapist, and creator of Functional Movement Systems) stated at one time that if he was limited to only one exercise, it would be the Turkish-get-up. If you have at least a basic understanding of how to perform a Turkish get-up, then these are the essential rules that are important when performing this exercise. If you think about the 3 things I share with you here and apply them, your get-up will be stronger, safer, and more efficient. These 3 rules will allow you to get more out of your get-up - that I guarantee.
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18 Jan RT 193 | Stephanie Ring – How To Use Yoga For The Strength Athlete

Stephanie Ring is the founder of Endure Yoga, a multi-sport athlete and the creator of Yoga For Strength. She's the first "yoga expert" to be featured on the podcast and she discusses some amazing content this week. In this great session, Stephanie shares her unique and successful approach to incorporating yoga for the strength athlete. You'll get a complete understanding of why and how this fits into the strength athlete's program - and how this can greatly enhance performance and recovery. Here's what you'll hear about:
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16 Jan Kettlebell Training And Olympic Weightlifting – An Analysis Of Hip Power

Here's a training topic that no one else talks about.

In this article, you'll learn about the single biggest difference between kettlebell training and Olympic weightlifting. While there are many differences between these 2 explosive training methods, there is one thing that makes each of these strength skills so unique.

Make no mistake, these 2 training methods are very different from each other, yet also complementary.

There’s one thing that is central to both and no one seems to talk about this.

When I started to learn the Olympic lifts (the snatch and clean and jerk) - after establishing a strong foundation with hardstyle kettlebell training - I thought that my kettlebell skills would somewhat easily transfer to the barbell.

I thought that lots of technically sound swings, snatches, cleans, and other kettlebell exercises would set a good baseline that would transfer to the Olympic lifting.

I was wrong.

There's a key difference between kettlebells and Olympic weightlifting that requires new motor learning and skill development to excel in either.

It comes down to hip power.

Yes, there are many technical differences between training with a kettlebell and a barbell, but the biggest difference comes down to one important distinction.

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11 Jan RT 192 | Scott Carney – What Doesn’t Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude, and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength

Scott Carney is an award-winning investigative journalist, anthropologist and multi-book author. WARNING: This is one of the most "mild-blowing" interviews we've done on the podcast to date. This information is for your background use only - please use discretion. Scott is the author of 3 books, including a fascinating NEW book titled "What Doesn't Kill Us - How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude, & Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength. In this session, we discuss Scott's personal journey to debunk these theories. What he experienced turned into a series of transformational events that improved his health and performance.
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