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Archive for June 2012

Sticking to the Goal

Its about 4 weeks into the first phase of my Tough Mudder training plan so far and it seems to be working.  As I posted a few weeks ago, I had to be forced to simplify my training plan to running three days a week with strength work on the other two day.  After two weeks of pain and suffering, running 3 miles has become “easy”. Not easy in the […]

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Pulling Back the Curtain, Part 3: Strength and Base

Mike McKenna and Dave Van SkikeThis article can really be applied to any sport where improving performance is a priority, but we’ve been asked to specifically address training for the CrossFit Games and so a good subtitle might be:Why you didn’t make it to Regionals and what to start doing now to improve your chances for next year.Most of us at Practical Strength have been involved with the Crossfit community […]

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Obstacle Course Race Training: Writing a Book

Jumping over fire isn’t as awful, as it looks, justtry not to trip over the charcoal.   I’ve been given a unique opportunity in the past few months to come up with a book proposal for training for obstacle course races.  There are a lot of websites that offer this kind of advice, but I’ve always preferred a simpler approach to these sorts of things.  I think that most healthy […]

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Advice from Dave

Dave Van Skike *reposted from Catalyst Athletics: Recovery is the thing we often neglect. This is the summary of all useful knowledge re: planning/programming: All successful training comes down to managing the relationship between intensity, volume (and recovery) so that you can perform the movement, heavier, faster longer… (strength, power, endurance) Thing 1. All training is learning. All movements are skills, the skill it takes to power clean 100 kilos […]

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Pulling Back the Curtain: Part 2, Adaptation

Sara Fleming Of all the rules that govern physical training, Adaptation is the key to everything.  Adaptation is unique to living things and is the process by which an organism adapts to its environment and outside stresses to maintain homeostasis.  What is homeostasis?  It is the tendency of a living organism to maintain a constant internal environment. Snowmen don’t shiver, but if they did it would be homeostasis at work. Okay, […]

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Obstacle Course Training: Dichotomy

Now that I have finished my Highland Games training and successfully competed (by successfully, I mean that I finished the competition and suffered no major injuries) I have jumped right into my training plan for the Tough Mudder.  Here’s a funny thing about trainers and coaches:  Its actually really hard to stand back and take an objective look at exactly how one should proceed with one’s own training plan.  I’ve […]

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