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 2018.01.22

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 2018.01.08

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.

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 2017.12.11

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.

Week 2017.11.27

Upcoming events:

  • 2017 Testify Christmas Classic Weightlifting Meet
    • Date: The 2nd annual Testify Christmas Classic will take place on Saturday, 12/16/17!
    • Location: Concordia High School (click here for map) – practice gym
    • Registration: Click here (registration is online only).
    • Registration Deadline: Register by this Saturday (12/02/17) to guarantee your shirt (registration ends on 12/09/17), so register soon!

Matt and Marcie . . . an undoubtedly imPRESSive couple #strongcouple #press #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
8 rounds:
4 tire flips
50 yd sled push (25 yd down-back)
Rest 1 minute

Compare to 2017.10.16.

Option 3
3 rounds AMReAP of:
Wall Balls, 20#/14#
Box Jumps, 30″/24″
TTB

Perform each movement for 1 minute, then move to the next movement. Rest 1 minute after each round. Your score is your total number of reps.

Compare to 2016.11.21.

Week 2017.11.13

Announcement: With Thanksgiving around the corner, here are the hours for that holiday week:
Wednesday, 11/22/17: Regular hours
Thursday, 11/23/17: Closed
Friday, 11/24/17: 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Saturday, 11/25/17: Regular hours

Upcoming events:

  • 2017 Testify Christmas Classic Weightlifting Meet
    • Date: The 2nd annual Testify Christmas Classic will take place on Saturday, 12/16/17!
    • Location: Concordia High School (click here for map) – practice gym
    • Registration: Click here (registration is online only).
    • Registration Deadline: Registration by 12/02/17 to guarantee your shirt (registration ends on 12/09/17), so register soon!

Husband-and-wife duo Brian and Pam wrap things up with some deadlifting #deadlift #journeyofstrength #startingstrength #startingstrengthgym

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

Compare to 2017.10.02.

Option 3
10 minute AMRAP of:
5 Slapping/Clapping Push-ups
7 Box Jumps, 24″/18″
10 Reverse Alternating Lunges
20 Double-unders (be sure to bring your rope!)

Compare to 2016.11.10.

Week 2017.10.30

The 2017 USSF Fall Classic is in the books, and it was a great day! Lots of PRs were set, and many congratulations go out to everyone who stepped onto the platform to compete this past Saturday. Also, thank you to those of you who helped out at the meet – setup, teardown, judging, spotting, loading, scoring, announcing – without you, this meet wouldn’t be possible. Finally, thank you to those who came out to support and cheer on the lifters – you all made it a fun day for the lifters on the platform. Join us in the spring for the 2018 USSF Challenge!

Upcoming events:

  • 2017 Testify Christmas Classic Weightlifting Meet
    • Date: The 2nd annual Testify Christmas Classic will take place on Saturday, 12/16/17!
    • Location: Concordia High School (click here for map) – practice gym
    • Registration: Click here (registration is online only).
    • Registration Deadline: Early registration ends on 10/31/17, so register soon to save some dough and get a sweet shirt!

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 of:
30 sec ME tire flips
30 sec rest

Compare to 2017.09.18.

Option 3
3 rounds AMReAP:
1 min Row
1 min rest
1 min DB Thruster, 45#/30# (per DB)
1 min rest
1 min Strict Pull-ups
1 min rest

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

Compare to 2016.10.27.

Week 2017.10.16

Upcoming events:

  • 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: Registration ends this Saturday (10/21/17), so register soon!
  • 2017 Testify Christmas Classic Weightlifting Meet
    • Date: The 2nd annual Testify Christmas Classic will take place on Saturday, 12/16/17!
    • Location: Concordia High School (click here for map) – practice gym
    • Registration: Click here (registration is online only).
    • Registration Deadline: Early registration ends on 10/31/17, so register soon to save some dough and get a sweet shirt!

Saturday morning training! #traininghardintheam #startingstrength #startingstrengthgym

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

Compare to 2017.09.04.

Option 3
7 rounds for time of:
7 Box Jumps, 30″/24″
7 Slapping Push-ups

These are high box jumps, so be sure to go higher than your usual “metcon box jump height” (which is typically 24″/18″). Scaling order for push-ups (from hardest to easiest) is: slapping, clapping, regular, bar.

Compare to 2016.10.17.

Week 2017.09.04

Reminder: Please note that the gym will be closed on Monday, 09/04/17, in observance of Labor Day.

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: Regular registration rate ends on 09/30/17 (after that, the late registration rate kicks in), so register soon to save some dough!

@masharp64 tests out the new harness…with a little help from Ollie…and @andylinkhart (video credit goes to @kclough444) #sledpulls #sleddrags

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

Compare to 2017.07.24.

Option 3
Every 30 seconds for 10 minutes, perform 1 round of the barbell Bear Complex:
1 Power Clean
1 Front Squat
1 Push Press/Jerk
1 Back Squat
1 Push Press/Jerk from behind the neck

Go heavy, but also remember that the goal is to complete 1 round every 30 seconds for the whole 10 minutes. Your score is recorded as “X/Y,” where X = # of rounds completed every 30 seconds and Y = # of rounds completed for the remainder of the 10 minute period.

Two other notes:

  1. For a round to be successful, once the barbell leaves the deck for the power clean, it may not return to the deck until the end of the round.
  2. Be sure to stand up fully from the power clean before beginning your front squat.

Compare to 2016.08.25.