Receiving the Bar in the Clean & Jerk

 

One of the most exciting movements in all of lifting is the clean and jerk. It’s with this movement that we see a combination of pure, raw strength and precise movement. The clean and jerk takes a tremendous amount of technique to master, and it can be one of the most rewarding movements for anyone.

What is key to the clean and jerk? Well, the first thing is learning how to properly “receive” the bar in the bottom position. If this one aspect of the movement is off, everything else in the chain of movement will break apart.

So if there is one movement, more than any other, where clients will benefit from watching and re-watching video, it is with this.

Take a look at CrossFit Games competitor Lauren Fisher as she demonstrates this movement in slow motion. This will certainly help you and your clients understand better these movements. And by the way, that’s 213 lbs she has on that bar!

Watch: Clean and Jerk with Lauren Fisher

Solid Nutritional Advice For Your Clients

 

Today in reading various articles, we have for you one of the best we have found with solid nutritional advice. This advice covers not only the type of food you should eat, but also the timing and amount.

A lot of times, these articles will simply say eat more protein. But that advice is not necessarily helpful when one needs to understand that not all proteins are created equal. What does this mean? Well, when a synthetic protein like a powder may be a quicker delivery system to your body overall, a natural protein like chicken breast is still going to be that much healthier.

In addition, one cannot simply say it’s just chicken breast to eat, bur rather it should also be organic chicken breast. With so many meats today being made in a lab (meaning animals are injected with all sorts of hormones and antibiotics), there is a real concern for the quality of meats being consumed.

So invest a little bit more in natural, organic meats and you will see a definite impact on your overall body composition. In addition, such meats are naturally lower in fat, so there’s another added benefit of eating organic.

For a lot more solid recommendations and advice on nutrition, take a look at today’s article.

Read the full article here: Eat to Perform

In A Rush This Morning?

Do you find yourself or your clients in a rush when it comes morning time? This can be a problem when we are seeking out that proper nutrition. Do we reach for that quick and convenient donut, or do we simply skip that meal and wait for something more nutritious? Take a look at today’s article for some great help in this area.

Read the full article here: Should I skip breakfast?

Get Your Clients Results

Getting your clients the results they are looking for may take some time and precise thinking. What is it they want? Well, what everyone wants…that chiseled frame and muscular physique. But they may be trying to starve themselves there. Take a look at this slide and see what will get them the results they are looking for.

Read the full article here: 8 reasons you’re not getting ripped

That Post-Workout Shake

Your clients nutrition is key to all they are doing in that gym of yours. Teaching them the proper way to fuel before a workout is essential to having energy in a workout, but also what’s most important here is the post workout nutrition. This is when the real gains are made. Teach them to fuel their muscles once that workout is done with this article.

Read the full article here: What’s the best source of post-workout protein?

Weightlifting For the Masters

 

Starting a lifting program for your older clients in what we typically call the Masters range, those who are over the age of 40, can be a bit tricky.

Whereas you are used to working with younger clients who may see a series of gains very quickly from the beginning, Masters level athletes can take some time to adapt and see the improvement and growth that others see so quickly.

Why is this?

It can be due to many reasons, but one that comes to the top of anyone’s mind is simply this: hormonal changes in the body chemistry as one ages.

With such changes we see a detrimental impact upon the body. Muscle growth can be very slow and movements for the body can be slow to acquire and perfect.

With that in mind, we have a Masters weightlifting program you can employ at your gym that’s coupled with a youtube video of explanations. This is good because your clients can watch the videos during the day at work as they prepare to come in later and work with you. Take a look.

Watch: 8-Week Masters Weightlifting Plan Week 1

Nausea & Your Clients

 

One of the biggest issues that we have to deal with in new clients is the issue of nausea. Come on, you know what I’m talking about…it’s that “pukey” client or clients we all have. These are the ones who come in, workout and inevitably during the workout or soon after, have to run to the bathroom or outside to vomit.

Now, most of the time they make it. However, you certainly know there are other times where you and they are not so lucky and they end up vomiting on the gym floor.

This is bad for a number of reasons. The stench alone is contagious, and if you are not careful you will soon have many other clients catching a whiff and vomiting as well.

In addition to this contagious element, another thing you need to deal with are germs. Vomit is not clean. And if you are not careful, it will sink in between your gym flooring and cause all sorts of problems in the future for you and your clients.

So what can you do? Apart from the obvious, being that you need to clean everything up as soon as possible…also teach your clients about properly timing their meals so everything has digested before they get to your gym.

For more on this, check out today’s article.

Read the full article here: Avoid the puke fairy

Around the World with Your Clients

 

Core strength and strengthening routines are essential for your clients. But they can get boring after a while when it seems like your clients are doing the same thing again and again. For you see, there are only so many roll outs and leg sweeps a client can do before it drives them nuts.

Take a look at today’s video that offers up a new routine you might want to employ in your warmups as well as your core building days. This is a good routine because it not only offers a killer core workout, but it can also be done with a partner, thus helping to push your clients farther and harder than normal.

Watch: Around the world with Will Johnson & Pamela Gagnon

Put Some Bling On That Workout

If you want to add some intensity and challenge to your client’s workout, throw a chain around their neck or around the barbell and have them lift with it on. What will the chain do? It throws off the balance of the movement and causes them to engage their core muscles even more, thus causing them to build and strain just a bit more.

Read the full article here: Dips vs Dips with Chains

The Games Have Come A Long Way

The CrossFit Games surely have come a long way in a short amount of time. It seemed like it was just last year that everything was out at the ranch, but now they are held in both stadiums in Carson, CA and find themselves being telecast on ESPN. For a great retrospective and thoughts on where everything is going, take a look at today’s article.

Read the full article here: ESPN and The CrossFit Games