Week 2017.07.24

Upcoming events:

  • 2017 Testify Barbell Bash Weightlifting Meet
    • Date: The 2nd annual Testify Barbell Bash will take place on Saturday, 09/23/17!
    • Location: Concordia High School (click here for map) – practice gym
    • Registration: Click here (registration is online only).
    • Registration Deadline: Registration ends on 09/16/17, and those who register by September 9 will receive a Barbell Bash shirt, so register soon to get that shirt!
  • 2017 USSF Fall Classic
    • Date: Saturday, 10/28/17
    • Location: Concordia High School (click here for map) – mezzanine and weight room
    • Registration: Click here (registration is online only).
    • Registration Deadline: The early registration discount deadline is 09/30/17, so register soon to save some dough.

Maddie reacquaints herself with the the clean-and-jerk after a hiatus of a few years. — Bent arms in the clean are a major problem. Scholars have long suspected the “early arm bend” as the underlying cause of the fall of the Roman empire, and it is generally accepted that in societies where the early arm bend is prevalent, we also find that moral decay, sloth, and veganism run rampant. — In addition to the above, bent arms in the clean cause an inefficient transfer of force from the lifter to the barbell – in effect, they act as a shock absorber. Maddie is a soccer player and would not dream of putting a pillow on top of her soccer shoe to cushion the blow that she delivers to the ball. In the same way, we don’t want to cushion the “blow” that we deliver to the barbell when we jump it to our shoulders. — So how do we fix this? Here are two cues that can help: 1. “Tighten the triceps.” (this will help keep your elbows straight) 2. “Jump from your shoulders.” — It’s probably worth noting that the second cue doesn’t make a lot of sense biomechanically – at least at first glance. Remember that, in the clean, the arms are simply ropes or chains that hang from the shoulders, and ropes and chains do not bend or flex of their own volition. A clean, therefore, is simply a jump with the bar hanging from the shoulders. Thus we shorten “Jump with the bar hanging from the shoulders” to the much more manageable cue, “Jump from the shoulders,” and it tends to work quite nicely. — On the first rep of the clean-and-jerk (top), Maddie demonstrates an early arm bend (2nd frame). On the very next rep (bottom sequence), Maddie jumps with straight elbows (2nd frame, although a photo a split second later might admittedly be even more convincing). This is exactly what we want – nice adjustment, Maddie. — If you have an early arm bend, try out one of these cues the next time you’re warming up – it might solve the issue. Moral decay, sloth, and veganism will have to wait. — #cleanandjerk #weightlifting #startingstrength #startingstrengthgym

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This Week’s Conditioning

Option 1
Sled
10-20 x 25 yds EMOM at a weight of your choice

Every minute, push the sled 25 yards, i.e., if pushing the sled takes 20 seconds, then you have 40 seconds to rest. Perform 10-20 rounds.

Option 2
8 rounds:
4 tire flips
50 yd sled push (25 yd down-back)
Rest 1 minute

Compare to 2017.06.05.

Option 3
4 rounds for time of:
400m run

Rest 2 min between rounds.

Compare to 2016.07.18.

Week 2017.07.17

Upcoming events:

  • Cornhusker State Games Powerlifting Meet
      • Date: Saturday, 07/22/17
      • Location: Lincoln Christian High School, Lincoln, NE (click here for map)
      • Registration: Registration has closed for this event, but come on out and cheer on your fellow lifters!
    • 2017 Testify Barbell Bash Weightlifting Meet
      • Date: The 2nd annual Testify Barbell Bash will take place on Saturday, 09/23/17!
      • Location: Concordia High School (click here for map) – practice gym
      • Registration: Click here (registration is online only).
      • Registration Deadline: Registration ends on 09/16/17, and those who register by September 9 will receive a Barbell Bash shirt, so register soon to get that shirt!
    • 2017 USSF Fall Classic
      • Date: Saturday, 10/28/17
      • Location: Concordia High School (click here for map) – mezzanine and weight room
      • Registration: Click here (registration is online only).
      • Registration Deadline: The early registration discount deadline is 09/30/17, so register soon to save some dough.

This Week’s Conditioning

Option 1
Sled Pyramid – 4, 5, or 6 tiers
Go up and down a 4, 5, or 6 tier “sled pyramid” – rest as needed. The distance for each round is 80 m (a down-back on the 40m course). Rest as needed.

For example, Bob does the following (4 tiers):
Round 1: Empty sled
Round 2: 25#
Round 3: 50#
Round 4: 75#
Round 5: 50#
Round 6: 25#
Round 7: Empty sled

Option 2
20 rounds:
15 yd yoke carry
Rest 30 seconds

Option 3
For time:
40 Squats
40 HSPUs
40 Burpees
40 Sit-ups

Compare to 2016.07.25.

Week 2017.07.10

Upcoming events:

  • Cornhusker State Games Powerlifting Meet
      • Date: Saturday, 07/22/17
      • Location: Lincoln Christian High School, Lincoln, NE (click here for map)
      • Registration: Click here for online registration as well as more information.
      • Registration Deadline:  The deadline is 07/15/17.
    • 2017 Testify Barbell Bash Weightlifting Meet
      • Date: The 2nd annual Testify Barbell Bash will take place on Saturday, 09/23/17!
      • Location: Concordia High School (click here for map) – practice gym
      • Registration: Click here (registration is online only).
      • Registration Deadline: Registration ends on 09/16/17, and those who register by September 9 will receive a Barbell Bash shirt, so register soon to get that shirt!

    Getting in some work with the yoke and the sled! #strongman #strongwoman #superyoke #sleddrags #startingstrength #startingstrengthgym

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    This Week’s Conditioning

    Option 1
    “Prowler Base+1”
    1. Load up a manageable weight.
    2. Sprint 40m at 85% intensity.
    3. Rest 30 sec.
    4. Repeat 5-15 times.

    Courtesy of “Death by Prowler” by Matt Reynolds and Stef Bradford (on Starting Strength).

    Option 2
    10 rounds:
    25 yd yoke carry
    Rest 1 minute

    Option 3
    7 min AMReAP of:
    5 Burpees
    10 Pull-ups
    15 Wall Ball Shots, 20#/14#

    Compare to 2016.07.21.

Week 2017.07.03 – July 4th reminder

Reminder: We will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th, in honor of Independence Day.

Upcoming events:

Week 2017.06.26

Upcoming events:

This Week’s Conditioning

Option 1
“Prowler Sprint Test”
1. Load up a heavier weight.
2. Time a 15 yards sprint at 100% intensity.
3. Rest 30 seconds.
4. Repeat sprint until times slows down 10%.
5. Goal is to increase # of sprints under the time standard.

Courtesy of Chad Smith (“Prowler Sprint Test”) as well as “Death by Prowler” by Matt Reynolds and Stef Bradford (on Starting Strength).

Option 2
5-10 rounds:
10 sledgehammer strikes (5R, 5L)
50 yd farmer carry (25 yd down-back)
Rest 1 minute

Compare to 2017.05.22.

Option 3
15-12-9-6-3 reps of:
Power Cleans, 135#/95#
Bar-facing Burpees

Compare to 2016.06.20.

Finale
Accumulate 2:00 on your hands – handstand, HS walking, L-sit, dip support, ring dip support, etc.

Week 2017.06.19

Upcoming events:

  • 2017 Testify Strongman Summer Showdown
    • Date: Saturday, 06/24/17 (the gym will be closed for regular training that day)
    • Location: Testify Strength & Conditioning (that’s right, our home turf)
    • Registration: Click here for online registration as well as for more information.
    • Registration Deadline: Registration ends on 06/23/17.

This Week’s Conditioning

Option 1
Sled
10-20 x 25 yds EMOM at a weight of your choice

Every minute, push the sled 25 yards, i.e., if pushing the sled takes 20 seconds, then you have 40 seconds to rest. Perform 10-20 rounds.

Option 2
5-10 rounds of:
30 sec ME tire flips
30 sec rest

Compare to 2017.05.15.

Option 3
3 rounds for time of:
400m run
50 squats

Compare to 2016.06.04.

Finale
Accumulate 2:00 on your hands – handstand, HS walking, L-sit, dip support, ring dip support, etc.

Week 2017.06.12

Upcoming events:

  • 2017 Testify Strongman Summer Showdown
    • Date: Saturday, 06/24/17 (the gym will be closed for regular training that day)
    • Location: Testify Strength & Conditioning (that’s right, our home turf)
    • Registration: Click here (registration is online only).
    • Registration Deadline: Registration ends on 06/23/17.
    • Shirt Order Form: If you are not competing but would like to order a shirt (and did not sign up at the gym), click here to sign up for a shirt.  The deadline is Sunday, 06/11/17, so hurry!

This Week’s Conditioning

Option 1
Sled Pyramid – 4, 5, or 6 tiers
Go up and down a 4, 5, or 6 tier “sled pyramid” – rest as needed. The distance for each round is 80 m (a down-back on the 40m course). Rest as needed.

For example, Bob does the following (4 tiers):
Round 1: Empty sled
Round 2: 25#
Round 3: 50#
Round 4: 75#
Round 5: 50#
Round 6: 25#
Round 7: Empty sled

Option 2
5-10 rounds:
50 yd sled push (25 yd down-back)
50 yd farmer carry (25 yd down-back)
Rest 1 min

Compare to 2017.05.08.

Option 3
10 minute AMRAP of:
10 Burpees
15 Squats
20 Sit-ups

Compare to 2016.06.02.

Finale
Accumulate 2:00 on your hands – handstand, HS walking, L-sit, dip support, ring dip support, etc.

Week 2017.06.05

Upcoming events:

  • 2017 Testify Strongman Summer Showdown
    • Date: Saturday, 06/24/17 (the gym will be closed for regular training that day)
    • Location: Testify Strength & Conditioning (that’s right, our home turf)
    • Registration: Click here (registration is online only).
    • Registration Deadline: Registration ends on 06/23/17, and those who register by June 11 will receive an early registration discount and a Testify Strongman Summer Showdown shirt, so register soon to save some dough and get that shirt!

This Week’s Conditioning

Option 1
“Prowler Base+1”
1. Load up a manageable weight.
2. Sprint 40m at 85% intensity.
3. Rest 30 sec.
4. Repeat 5-15 times.

Courtesy of “Death by Prowler” by Matt Reynolds and Stef Bradford (on Starting Strength).

Option 2
8 rounds:
4 tire flips
50 yd sled push (25 yd down-back)
Rest 1 minute

Option 3
3 rounds AMReAP:
1:00 Row
0:30 rest
1:00 Wall Ball Shots, 20#/14#
0:30 rest
1:00 Strict Pull-ups
0:30 rest

Each rep or calorie (rowing) counts as as point. Total your points for your score.

Compare to 2016.06.23.

Finale
Spend 5-10 minutes practicing either double-unders, kipping pull-ups, or muscle-ups.

Week 2017.05.29

Reminder: On Memorial Day (Monday, 05/29/17), we will be open for training during our usual morning hours (i.e., 5 a.m. – 10 a.m.), but we will be closed for the afternoon/evening hours.

Upcoming events:

Week 2017.05.22

Announcement: In observance of Memorial Day next week (Monday, 05/29/17), we will be open for training during our usual morning hours that day (i.e., 5 a.m. – 10 a.m.), but we will be closed for the afternoon/evening hours.

Also, after the Creighton Prep powerlifting meet this Saturday, the Linkharts are hosting a post-meet shindig at their house – click here for their address, and bring a side!

Lots of benching going on #benchpress #startingstrength #startingstrengthgym

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This Week’s Conditioning

Option 1
Sled
10-20 x 25 yds EMOM at a weight of your choice

Every minute, push the sled 25 yards, i.e., if pushing the sled takes 20 seconds, then you have 40 seconds to rest. Perform 10-20 rounds.

Option 2
5-10 rounds:
10 sledgehammer strikes (5R, 5L)
50 yd farmer carry (25 yd down-back)
Rest 1 minute

Option 3
3 rounds for time of:
200m run
20 Push-ups
20 OH Reverse Alternating Lunges, 45#/25#

Compare to 2016.05.14.

Finale
Spend 5-10 minutes practicing either double-unders, kipping pull-ups, or muscle-ups.