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Fall In love With Your Bottom!

Position!   One sure fire way to get better at the snatch and clean and jerk is to get comfortable in the bottom position. If you can't get rock bottom, quickly, you're limited in the weight you're going to be able to get under, relative to your pulling strength. Speed is obviously a huge component but that's a subject for another day. The more time you spend in that position, under load, the better.   [...]

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Push Press For The Jerk And Squats For EVERYTHING!

The strength/assistance exercise with the biggest carryover to the jerk is probably the push press. Well, besides squats of course! Let's make that clear, the jerk is a lower body movement. Yes, the bar is in your hands and the weight is supported on locked out arms but the weight gets up there with the power of your legs. If you want your jerk numbers to go up, get your leg strength up. Squat goes [...]

  • Klokov

Push Press For The Jerk & Squats For EVERYTHING!

The strength/assistance exercise with the biggest carryover to the jerk is probably the push press. Well, besides squats of course! Let's make that clear, the jerk is a lower body movement. Yes, the bar is in your hands and the weight is supported on locked out arms but the weight gets up there with the power of your legs. If you want your jerk numbers to go up, get your leg strength up. Squat goes [...]

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How To Clean Up Your Handstand Position

(IFA-Gymnastics Tip) Today, Coach Gretchen Kittelberger drops some knowledge on ****Drum Roll PLEASE**** Handstand Positioning and how to clean these UP!! Make sure you check out this video and get your learn on. SMASH _Mike

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Running Cadence Drills And Why You SUCK At Running!

(IFA-Endurance Tip) Coach Beth Clark drops the hammer on some SOLID cadence drills to enhance your running skills. I believe the last time I ran further than 40 yards was about 1988. I was five 😂😂 The point being, pay attention to what Beth has to say. She's Smahtttt!!! **************************************** Here is a simple cadence drill you can start today that will almost immediately improve your efficiency and speed. First, what is cadence? Running cadence [...]

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Knee Position During The First Pull. Are You A Straight Legged Stripper?

Knees OUT!   As the bar breaks from the floor during the first pull of a snatch or clean it is imperative that you get your knees out of the way. This helps with a straight bar path(good) or the bar sweeping into the body(better). The bar moving out around the knees is, as they say, no bueno!   Knees out and back is going to be better than just knees back for most lifters. [...]

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Pulling From The Floor, And Why You Need To Rethink It!!

(IFA-Strength-Tip) Deadlifts are easily without a shadow of doubt my favorite lift. It goes without saying that in my eyes, it's the king of all lifts. But one thing that has always bothered me is watching people that are brand new to deadlifting, immediately pull from the floor without having a better gauge on the fundamentals of the movement. Especially understanding hip hinge. I've always started new clients with two focused points to make sure [...]

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Improved Sex Life From FOOD?

Want to improve your mental health? Maybe, boost your immune system? Or, how about an improved sex life that'll give you energy FOR DAYZ?😱🙈 That's right, you can get all THAT and more because I read it on the Internet 😂 Here's a SMASHTastic recipe from my nutritionist Kelly Ramirez that will surely get the taste buds lit UP and have you dying for more. I'll be crushing this as part of my post-workout meal [...]

  • The Champ

Goodbye Champ!

"It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen." -Muhammad Ali, 1961 There has been many talented athletes that have come and gone through the years, that pushed the boundaries and did things on their own terms. When we look back on the life of arguably the greatest fighter ever to live, I won't think upon any of his legendary fights. I'll think [...]

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Gretchen Kittelberger Joins The Coaching Roster For IFA

Today, I am SO stoked to welcome a new Member to the ‪#‎IronForceAthletics‬ Remote masters coaching program. We are welcoming 4x's Crossfit Games Athlete, Gretchen Kittelberger to the IFA Coaching roster. She will be taking over all of our Gymnastics Coaching & Programming and will be a massive asset to the continued evolution of IFA. I am on a constant quest to constantly level up the value we are providing to the Masters division, and [...]