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The Pullover

October 3, 2017

The “Upper-Body Squat” The Pullover was the first machine that Arthur Jones built of what would become fitness giant “Nautilus Inc” (he sold the first one in 1970). He claimed that up until the point, it was impossible to isolate…

Feel The Burn with “1.5 Reps”

September 9, 2017

It is typically human nature to seek the path of least resistance. Unfortunately, the path of least resistance usually isn’t the most effective means of generating a potent stimulus. 1.5 reps can be an effective way to make training more…

Elijah Muhammad Interview

Iron Athlete Coach August Schmidt Interviews CrossFit Games Athlete Elijah Muhammad July 29, 2017 Elijah "EZ" Muhammad CrossFit Games Individual Competitor 2015, 2017 www.ezmuhammad.com First, congratulations on qualifying for another trip to the CrossFit Games! Thank you for taking the…

Playing with Paused Reps

Paused Reps are exactly what they sound like: pick a lift, pick a position, and decide how long to pause. The addition of a brief pause is a simple and potent way to modify the stimulus created by an exercise.…

Undulating Sets

The term “undulate” can be defined as: to move with a sinuous or wavelike motion, or to display a smooth rising-and-falling or side-to-side alternation of movement. In undulating sets, the reps of an exercise increase or decrease from set to…

Training with Waves

The term "Waves" refers to a training methodology in which the athlete increases weight on each successive set, until they either reach the highest prescribed load or a lift is missed.  At this point the weight is reduced and the…

Iron Athlete Weightlifting And CrossFit Coach August Schmidt

The Joy of Complexes

A complex is the combination of two or more different lifts in a single set. Complexes can be used for a variety of purposes and with many different modalities. The focus of this article will primarily be the use of…

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