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  • 21 Ways to Be a Better You

    What does it take to be a Strong Athlete? It all starts with the mind. Being a Strong Athlete is about making a mental committment to becoming the best version of you. You don’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to stress about doing everything right. You just have to strive to be a little bit better than you were yesterday. Below are 21 strategies you can use today to become an even better version of you: Drink more water, in the morning, between meals, before, during and after training. Eat your veggies, especially your greens. Besides being healthy for you, eating an abundance of greens will help you to become leaner, faster….

  • You: Powerful Beyond Measure

    I want to remind you right now that you are powerful beyond measure! Since children, we have been conditioned not to be TOO powerful… You know, do what you’re told, don’t act out in school, fall in line, don’t be too loud, get your work done on time, etc, etc. Basically, just be a sheep with your head down and you’ll “survive” life. Well I don’t want to you to just survive life like a sheep until the wolf shows up on your doorstep. I want you to step into your power, make a positive difference in someone else’s life and live the fullfilling life that you are destined to live! One of my favourite…

  • Stop Thinking So Much …

    I’ve had many powerful conversations over the years with my athletes, especially about the game of life. We talk about what it takes to get to the next level in their respective sports and how to become the best version of themselves. We talk about what it takes to win, and how to deal with adversity. Knowing how to deal with adversity is critical. In their quest to go higher, faster and further, these athletes will inevitably hit road blocks and setbacks. ACL tears, concussions, broken bones, ruptured tendons, sprains and strains. Job losses, tyrannical bosses, and mind-numbing, soul crushing day jobs. Family struggles and relationship struggles. These challenges take a physical toll and an…

  • Is Passion Bull$hit?

    Everyone is always talking passion this and passion that when it comes to success. “You need to find your passion”… blah blah blah… how many times have you heard that one? And it feels like everyone and their dog are posting these passion quote images on social media every five minutes right? Well it’s time to put passion in its place. Now don’t get me wrong, I think that passion is important and you will need it to fuel you from time to time. However, I believe that it’s more important to focus on finding your PURPOSE rather than your passion if you’re looking for long-term success. Passion is energy based which means some days it’s…

  • Try These 3 High Return Exercises

    In the spirit of training “Smart”, today I am going to share 3 of my favourite high-return exercises that I use with almost everyone I work with. The reason why I like these exercises is because they require full body activation and control to do them properly. Essentially, you are hitting a focused area while still getting core activation. It’s smart training, like killing 2 birds with one stone 🙂 But don’t get me wrong, I still believe in doing a variety of targeted core work as well, as I don’t believe that you can get enough core by just training multiple joint functional exercises but that’s a longer conversation for another time. I know…

VIDEOS

Air Dyne Intervals

Coach PK demonstrates intervals on the Air Dyne bike, one of the most brutal and effective machines for conditioning. We use this tool to condition all kind of athletes, from pro fighters to physique competitors to elite hockey players.

Single-Leg Press

Coach G demonstrates the proper technique for performing the single leg press. This is a great exercise for targeting the quads and glutes. We frequently program unilateral or single limb exercises to correct strength imbalances.

Hip Flexor Stretch

Coach G demonstrates a great exercise for stretching the hip flexors and quads. Consistent practice on this stretch will alleviate tight hip flexors, prevent back pain and improve your mobility, especially with foundation movements like the squat.    

ARTICLES

4 Pizza Slices vs. 4 Apples …

Have you ever eaten 4 apples in a row? I will bet that you haven’t! However, I can almost guarantee that you’ve eaten 4 pizza slices in a row… I know I have (to be honest I’ve eaten a lot more than 4 pizza slices in a row and I’m not proud of it). And I have never eaten 4 apples in row. So why is this the case? Well you can argue that it’s because the pizza tastes better lol. However that’s not what we’re talking about here. Your body is so intelligent and the things that it does are remarkable in my opinion. The main reason why it is so much easier to eat…

CrossFit Open 17.2

CROSSFIT OPEN – 17.2: DONE – AGAIN, AND THEN AGAIN Week 2 of the CrossFit Open is in the books! If you haven’t been following, this last challenge was a 12-minute AMRAP of: 50-foot weighted walking lunges 16 toes-to-bars 8 dumbbell power cleans 50-foot weighted walking lunges 16 toes-to-bars 8 dumbbell power cleans 50-foot weighted walking lunges 16 bar muscle-ups 8 dumbbell power cleans 50-foot weighted walking lunges 16 bar muscle-ups 8 dumbbell power cleans Repeat… (because it wasn’t painful enough!) This was the second time bar muscle-ups have been programed in the Open, but this year it was far more spicy than last. Before I even got a chance to try the bar muscle-ups…

Leaning Into Discomfort

One down and four to go!  For the first time ever the dumbbell made an appearance in the CrossFit Open. The community was made aware of this a couple weeks ago and we were all left guessing at what HQ had planned for us.  What would it be -overhead lunges, thrusters, dumbbell cleans? Not only is this the first appearance of dumbbells, it’s also the first time in Open history that the first workout is one FOR TIME and not an AMRAP (As Many Reps As Possible). The CrossFit Open 17.1 workout was a couplet of an ascending ladder of dumbbell snatches with 15 burpee box jump and overs with a 20-minute time cap. The…

The Key to Muscle Growth

Ok it’s time to reveal our secret to muscle growth… You ready for it? Well actually it’s pretty simple, the secret to muscle growth is following a professionally designed training program that’s been developed specifically to help you build more muscle! The secret comes in the program, and the magic lies in YOU BEING CONSISTENT following the program! Tell me you have those people in your gym who have been going there for years day after day and yet they never look any different? They look exactly the same as when they started years ago! They, like so many others, are the ones who go to the gym and just “play around”. No focus, no…

6 Proven Supplements for Muscle

This month we’ve been focused on the keys to more muscle growth and today we’ve arrived at the final piece of the puzzle: supplements. While there are a ton of hyper-marketed products on store shelves these days, at Strong Athlete we like to keep things simple. Our criteria for using and/or recommending supplements is good old-fashioned science and personal experience. If a supplement has been researched and tested by smart people in lab coats and we’ve personally used it, we recommend it to our athletes. If muscle growth is your goal, the following six supplements have stood the test of time and are your best investment: Protein Powders Protein is one of the three macronutrients (along with carbohydrates…

Strength: Not Enough To Be Strong

Road to the CrossFit Games Pt. 4 Lately I feel like my life is a never-ending version of the movie Groundhog Day. Wake-up, eat, work, eat, train, eat, work, train, eat, recover, eat, sleep, and then repeat. Where some people become overwhelmed by repetition, it’s in my daily routine. My desire continues to fuel and motivate me toward my goals of being better, stronger, faster and punching my ticket to the CrossFit Games. My inner daily dialog this past week has been, “ I’m strong, I’m strong, I’m strong,” but on Tuesday a voice inside my head responded to me.  “Yeah, you’re strong, but do you have the strength?” Ummm, “I am strong, but do…

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