Week 2018.02.19

Upcoming events:

  • 2018 Testify Leprechaun Lift-off Weightlifting Meet
    • Date: The Testify Leprechaun Lift-off will take place on Saturday, 03/10/18!
    • Location: Concordia High School (click here for map) – practice gym
    • Registration: Click here (registration is online only).
    • Registration Deadline: Regular registration ends this Saturday, 02/24/18 (and then late registration kicks in), so register soon to save some dough and get a sweet shirt!
  • 2018 Omaha Strengthlifting Challenge
    • Date: Saturday, 04/14/18
    • Location: Concordia High School (click here for map) – mezzanine and weight room
    • Registration: Click here (registration is online only).
    • Registration Deadline: Early registration ends this Saturday, 02/24/18, so register soon to get the discounted rate!
  • Ready to Fish Fry?! Lori keeps us updated on her site – Omaha Fish Fry Fellowship – and you can also order shirts there – click here for the link.

Patty pulls a very smooth set of fahve on Thursday evening #doyourfahves

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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
10 rounds:
25 yd yoke carry
Rest 1 minute

Compare to 2018.01.01.

Option 3
4 rounds for time OR 12 min AMRAP (whichever comes first):
10 1-arm DB Hang Power Snatch – Right arm
10 1-arm DB Hang Power Snatch – Left arm
20 Push-ups
40 Squats

Loading for the DB snatches is 25% of your BW.

Compare to 2017.02.13.

Week 2018.02.12

Upcoming events:

  • 2018 Testify Leprechaun Lift-off Weightlifting Meet
    • Date: The Testify Leprechaun Lift-off will take place on Saturday, 03/10/18!
    • Location: Concordia High School (click here for map) – practice gym
    • Registration: Click here (registration is online only).
    • Registration Deadline: Regular registration ends on 02/24/18 (and then late registration kicks in), so register soon to save some dough and get a sweet shirt!
  • 2018 Omaha Strengthlifting Challenge
    • Date: Saturday, 04/14/18
    • Location: Concordia High School (click here for map) – mezzanine and weight room
    • Registration: Click here (registration is online only).
    • Registration Deadline: Early registration ends on 02/24/18, so register soon to get the discounted rate!
  • Ready to Fish Fry?! Lori keeps us updated on her site – Omaha Fish Fry Fellowship – and you can also order shirts there – click here for the link.

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:
6 tire flips
50 yd farmer carry (25 yd down-back)
Rest 1 minute

Compare to the week of 2017.12.25.

Option 3
10 min AMRAP of:
20 Double-unders
10 Lunges
10 Push-ups

Lunges are “stationary,” not walking. Also, these are regular lunges, not reverse lunges, so be sure to step forward to begin the lunge. Alternate legs for each lunge.

Compare to 2017.02.06.

Week 2018.01.29

Upcoming events:

  • 2018 Testify Leprechaun Lift-off Weightlifting Meet
    • Date: The Testify Leprechaun Lift-off will take place on Saturday, 03/10/18!
    • Location: Concordia High School (click here for map) – practice gym
    • Registration: Click here (registration is online only).
    • Registration Deadline: Regular registration ends on 02/24/18 (and then late registration kicks in), so register soon to save some dough and get a sweet shirt!
  • 2018 Omaha Strengthlifting Challenge
    • Date: Saturday, 04/14/18
    • Location: Concordia High School (click here for map) – mezzanine and weight room
    • Registration: Click here (registration is online only).
    • Registration Deadline: Early registration ends on 02/24/18, so register soon to get the discounted rate!
  • Ready to Fish Fry?! Lori has the shirts ready to order, so click here to check ’em out and place an order!

This Week’s Conditioning

Option 1
“Prowler Base”
1. Load up a manageable weight.
2. Sprint 40m at 85% intensity.
3. Rest until breathing and heart rate slow down. (45 sec – 2 min)
4. Repeat 5-15 times.

Courtesy of “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 2017.12.18.

Option 3
5 rounds for time of:
5 HSPU
10 Pull-ups
15 Alternating Reverse Lunges

Compare to 2017.01.30.

Week 2018.01.22

Upcoming events:

  • 2018 Testify Leprechaun Lift-off Weightlifting Meet
    • Date: The Testify Leprechaun Lift-off will take place on Saturday, 03/10/18!
    • Location: Concordia High School (click here for map) – practice gym
    • Registration: Click here (registration is online only).
    • Registration Deadline: Regular registration ends on 02/24/18 (and then late registration kicks in), so register soon to save some dough and get a sweet shirt!
  • 2018 Omaha Strengthlifting Challenge
    • Date: Saturday, 04/14/18
    • Location: Concordia High School (click here for map) – mezzanine and weight room
    • Registration: Click here (registration is online only).
    • Registration Deadline: Early registration ends on 02/24/18, so register soon to get the discounted rate!
  • Ready to Fish Fry?! Lori has the shirts ready to order, so click here to check ’em out and place an order!

Back by popular demand, here is Glenn pulling 84 kg (185.2 lbs) for a PR 3rd attempt at this past weekend’s USSF Nationals in Oakland, CA. Note the number 84, as that happens to be Glenn’s age as well. • When @gmueller33 started training a little over a year ago, his deadlift on day one was 41 lb. Now, he pulls 185 lb pretty darn smoothly and will be gunning for 200 at his next USSF meet – the Omaha Strengthlifting Challenge in April. • Fun fact: Glenn’s first comment coming off the platform was “What’s next?” • Glenn started strength training to prepare for an upcoming trip to China. He knew that his knees hurt when he sat down and got up, and he wanted to make sure that he would be able to walk, sit, and stand comfortably while on his trip. On his first day of training, Glenn did bodyweight box squats to a fairly high target, he did not have the flexibility to put a bar on his back, he could not reach overhead, and his deadlift was 41 lb. This past weekend, he squatted 59 kg (130.1 lb), he pressed 26 kg (57.3 lb) overhead, and he deadlifted 84 kg (185.2 lb). Glenn made the decision to get strong. Not surprisingly, he had a blast on his trip to China. • Glenn was also joined at Nationals by his daughter-in-law (@barbaraamueller) and granddaughter (@beckymeggers), thus being part of three generations of his family to compete at Nationals. • Are you looking to get stronger, or do you know someone who would benefit from getting stronger? Get in touch with a Starting Strength Coach today. #strongeratanyage @startingstrength @usstrengthlifting

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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 of:
30 sec ME tire flips
30 sec rest

Compare to 2017.12.11.

Option 3
10 min AMReAP of:
10 1-arm DB Hang Power Snatches, 50#/30# (5R, 5L)
10 1-arm DB Hang Power Clean and Jerks, 50#/30# (5R, 5L)
10 Push-ups
10 Jumping Squats

The snatches are split evenly between right-hand and left-hand, but they can be completed in any manner desired (e.g., 5R-5L, R-L-R-L-…, etc.). This is likewise true for the clean and jerks.

Compare to 2017.01.23.

Week 2018.01.15

Upcoming events:

  • 2018 Testify Leprechaun Lift-off Weightlifting Meet
    • Date: The Testify Leprechaun Lift-off will take place on Saturday, 03/10/18!
    • Location: Concordia High School (click here for map) – practice gym
    • Registration: Click here (registration is online only).
    • Registration Deadline: Regular registration ends on 02/24/18 (and then late registration kicks in), so register soon to save some dough and get a sweet shirt!
  • 2018 Omaha Strengthlifting Challenge
    • Date: Saturday, 04/14/18
    • Location: Concordia High School (click here for map) – mezzanine and weight room
    • Registration: Click here (registration is online only).
    • Registration Deadline: Early registration ends on 02/24/18, so register soon to get the discounted rate!

Check out Sara’s fantastic post about her journey of strength this past year! While you’re at it, are you looking to get stronger and healthier, or do you know someone who is? Contact us today – getting people stronger is what we do – it is who we are. Start your journey of strength now. @startingstrength #Repost @mrssarabrooks (@get_repost) ・・・ A year ago I began my Starting Strength journey and really had no idea what I was doing, if I would like it, or what kind of results to expect. Today I can say without any reservations that it was BY FAR the best decision! I’ve fallen in love with lifting! I have overcome body insecurities, I have challenged myself mentally and physically, I’ve changed my perspective on what beauty means, and along this road I have met some of the most amazing people. Today I am down 33 pounds! I much stronger, braver and probably smarter too 🙂 I’ve competed in two meets and worn the dreaded singlet….and can’t believe how FUN they were! (The meets…not the singlets!) I’m pushing myself to get out of my comfort zone and do things I never thought I would do. I PULLED A FRICKIN TRUCK!! I love hearing my 4 year old son tell me I am a strong mommy! And I hope I’m setting a good example for my 18 month old daughter by showing her that strong is beautiful. I could not have done this without the support of my husband, Matt, who keeps the house running and the kids alive while I train. My dear friend and lifting buddy, @noremac75 who encourages me and brings a healthy amount of competition to the gym. Her husband, @thedervidd for introducing me to lifting and helping to get my nutrition on track. And of course my Coach, @testifystrengthconditioning for believing in me and pushing me even when I think I might die. To all of my fellow lifters at Testify Strength & Conditioning, you create an environment I look forward to walking into! To anyone considering a change, please check out Starting Strength. I promise you will have no regrets! And if you are in the Omaha area, Coach Phil and Testify is where you want to be! #startingstrength #strongmommy #gymiversary

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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:
50 yd sled push (25 yd down-back)
50 yd farmer carry (25 yd down-back)
Rest 1 min

Compare to 2017.12.04.

Option 3
“Grace”
For time:
30 Clean and Jerks, 135#/93#

6:00 cap. Any version of a clean is acceptable (power or full), and any version of shoulder-to-overhead is acceptable (push jerk, split jerk, or push press . . . or even press, but that’s just ridiculous).

Week 2018.01.08

Upcoming events:

  • 2018 US Strengthlifting Nationals
    • On Sunday, 01/14/18, several of your fellow lifters will be competing at the first USSF National Meet in Oakland, CA. Be sure to cheer them on this week as they prepare to lift the big weights this weekend!
  • 2018 Testify Leprechaun Lift-off Weightlifting Meet
    • Date: The Testify Leprechaun Lift-off will take place on Saturday, 03/10/18!
    • Location: Concordia High School (click here for map) – practice gym
    • Registration: Click here (registration is online only).
    • Registration Deadline: Regular registration ends on 02/24/18 (and then late registration kicks in), so register soon to save some dough and get a sweet shirt!

Cameron PRs the deadlift at 245 el-bees on Friday evening #strongwoman

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

Compare to 2017.11.27.

Option 3
“E*Trade Baby”
Record reps completed in each interval
3:00 Burp-ups
1:30 Rest
2:00 Burp-ups
1:30 Rest
1:00 Burp-ups
(Courtesy of CrossFit KC; name courtesy of Phil’s dad)

1 burp-up consists of a burpee followed immediately by a jumping pull-up (skip the clap of the burpee). No fair doing a bunch of burpees followed by a bunch of jumping pull-ups.

Happy New Year! (Week 2018.01.01)

Happy New Year! Just a reminder – here are the hours for the New Year holiday:

Monday, 01/01/18: Closed
Tuesday, 01/02/18: 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (i.e., no morning training)
Wednesday, 01/03/18: Regular hours

Rob gets to pulling on Friday morning #roadtonationals

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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

Compare to 2017.11.20.

Option 3
Tabata Mash-up 1:

Tabata Box Jumps, 24″/18″
Rest 1 minute
Tabata Push-ups
Rest 1 minute
Tabata Jumping Squats

“Tabata” refers to 0:20 of work followed by 0:10 of rest, for eight rounds (total of four minutes). Score only your lowest number of reps per exercise.

Compare to 2017.01.03.

Merry Christmas! (Week 2017.12.25)

Merry Christmas! Just a reminder – here are the hours for the Christmas and New Year holidays:

Monday, 12/25/17: Closed
Tuesday, 12/26/17: Closed
Wednesday, 12/27/17: Regular hours

Saturday, 12/30/17: Regular hours
Monday, 01/01/18: Closed
Tuesday, 01/02/18: 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (i.e., no morning training)
Wednesday, 01/03/18: Regular hours

Jacob gets to squatting on Friday morning #welookdown #wheresabbey

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This Week’s Conditioning

Option 1
“Prowler Base”
1. Load up a manageable weight.
2. Sprint 40m at 85% intensity.
3. Rest until breathing and heart rate slow down. (45 sec – 2 min)
4. Repeat 5-15 times.

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

Option 2
8 rounds:
6 tire flips
50 yd farmer carry (25 yd down-back)
Rest 1 minute

Compare to 2017.11.13.

Option 3
2 rounds AMReAP of:
1:00 Double-unders
1:00 Rest
1:00 Push Press, 75#/53#
1:00 Rest
1:00 Sit-ups
1:00 Rest
1:00 Wall Ball Shots, 20#/14#
1:00 Rest

Compare to 2016.12.29.

Week 2017.12.18

As Christmas and the New Year are coming soon, here are the hours for the holidays:

Saturday, 12/23/17: Regular hours
Monday, 12/25/17: Closed
Tuesday, 12/26/17: Closed
Wednesday, 12/27/17: Regular hours

Saturday, 12/30/17: Regular hours
Monday, 01/01/18: Closed
Tuesday, 01/02/18: 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (i.e., no morning training)
Wednesday, 01/03/18: Regular hours

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 2017.11.06.

Option 3
3 rounds for time of:
10 Burpees
20 Goblet Squats, 45#/30#
30 Double-unders

Compare to 2016.12.22.

Week 2017.12.11

As Christmas and the New Year are coming soon, here are the hours for the holidays:

Saturday, 12/23/17: Regular hours
Monday, 12/25/17: Closed
Tuesday, 12/26/17: Closed
Wednesday, 12/27/17: Regular hours

Saturday, 12/30/17: Regular hours
Monday, 01/01/18: Closed
Tuesday, 01/02/18: 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (i.e., no morning training)
Wednesday, 01/03/18: Regular hours

Upcoming events:

  • 2017 Testify Christmas Classic Weightlifting Meet
    • Date: The 2nd annual Testify Christmas Classic will take place this Saturday (12/16/17)!
    • Location: Concordia High School (click here for map) – practice gym
    • Registration: Registration is closed, but come on out to cheer on your fellow lifters!

Abbey and Sunny kick things off with their first squat attempts – both successful! #powerlifting #squatbenchdeadlift #usapl #startingstrength

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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 of:
30 sec ME tire flips
30 sec rest

Compare to 2017.10.30.

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

Compare to 2016.12.12.