All The Cool Kids Are Doing It

Some of you probably tuned in to watch the 2014 CrossFit Invitational that took place last night, but I assume the majority of you did not. In either case, this post is because of one of the events that was thrown at the competitors last night.

The international team competition started out much like any other CrossFit event. Right off the bat, athletes had to perform 45 pullups and 45 thrusters as fast as possible. If you do the math, those are the same reps as "Fran", just done one movement at a time. Pretty nasty. Pure CrossFit. 

Next, select athletes took on the challenge of lifting as much weight as possible in the snatch and clean & jerk. This one was definitely a fun one to watch as some of the athletes were throwing around some serious weight and making it look like a cake-walk. 

Most notable was Rich Froning's 305 Nanos! Stupid. 

In any case, the next challenge involved rowing for calories while your teammate held the top of a deadlift with some significant weight (275/405). If your partner dropped the barbell, the athlete on the rower had to stop until the bar was picked up again. Once the two-person team cleared this fun-fest, they traded reps on a (135/185) barbell power snatch. It stretched out for some time and was more involved than what I described, but you get the idea.

The last event of the night is the one that had me excited. Why? TIRE FLIPS!

That's right, the 4-person(2males/2females) teams had to break off into male/female couples and flip a 950lb tire in alternating fashion for the length of hockey rink. It was pretty badass to watch some of the very best CrossFitters in the world struggle with something that Travis County Strength athletes take on all the time!

Now, don't get me wrong. I am not saying that my athletes could have done the same workout any faster than the American team. All I'm saying is that this is proof that the strongman movements are absolutely scalable and can be performed by newbies as well as some of the best athletes in the world - and both will come out smoked!

SMOKED! Having to take some time to get their shit together for another flip.

SMOKED! Having to take some time to get their shit together for another flip.

This is exactly why I have such a passion for strongman and odd object training. It has a profound effect on athletes, but yet is so simple to coach and teach to new athletes. You've heard me say this before, but here it comes again......

Strongman movements are not learned....they are remembered. And because of this shit being hardwired in us, we get a massive return on our investment. Suffice it so say that strongman movements give you the biggest bang for your buck.

This beautiful idea was planted in my head when I attended my first CF Strongman Certification  course several years ago. Rob Orlando - the face and brain behind CF SM - stated a lot of things that made perfect sense to me, and has ever since.

That's why I'm so stoked to now be on his certification staff! I know have the awesome responsibility to share this badassery with others so that they, too, can implement these powerful tools, movements and ideas in their training and the training of their athletes. 

I mean, if the top CrossFit athletes in world are doing it more and more....don't you think that if you were to also implement strongman and odd object training (in a appropriate level for you) you might see some success and progress? 

I know you would. And not to mention the simple fact that this shit is FUN! Who doesn't want to flip a big, dirty tire, or learn to pick up an atlas stone? That shit is cool! The first step, however, is learning from those that have experience.

Here's your chance!

Saturday, Jan. 31st    
Travis County Strength  
9 AM - 4:30 PM


Recap: Barbell Seminar

This past Saturday Coach Jaime Shauger hosted an Olympic Lifting Seminar at TCS.  I knew that the seminar attendees would be in great hands and would leave with new skills and information that will undoubtedly help them lift more heavy stuff.  

I asked Jaime to give us a quick run-down of the day's events so that outsiders would have a little insight into what's available to them the next time a seminar is's what she had to say...

This past Saturday I had the privilege of coaching an amazing group of people for my first Barbell Seminar. The two hours flew by and we all had a great time! We spent some time warming up our bodies, prepping our ankles, hips and shoulders, and then we got into the fun stuff! We broke down the mechanics of the Snatch and Clean & Jerk and of course had time for everyone to load up their bars and lift heavy!

The experience from these lifters ranged from beginner to advanced TCS and LIFT athletes. They all walked away with new knowledge and skills to better their lifts and bring to their daily workouts. Can't wait for the next seminar on July 12th!

What's Your Oly IQ?

Some of you may have seen some recent posts on the TCS social media outlets that Coach Jaime Shauger will be running an Olympic Lifting Barbell Seminar this Saturday from 10-12 at Travis County Strength. 

This seminar is dedicated to increasing your Oly IQ and improving your clean & jerk and snatch movements.  

What I really want to stress to y'all is that the information, drills, and skills you'll be receiving from Jaime are all based from her own training experience and success.  In fact, Jaime successfully qualified for Nationals at her very first Oly meet!  Since then, she's continued to train, learn and reach new milestones as this major competition nears.

This offering is only open to 10 athletes and has been filling up since being released.  Regardless of whether you're a brand new lifter or very experienced, this seminar has a lot to offer.