You Are Stronger Than You Think You Are

Steelworks Strength Systems’ Personal Training client Mark N.  keeps smashing through old limits. When I demonstrated the Turkish Getup to him about a month ago, he thought I was crazy to expect him to do it! But after nearly three months of getting stronger and more stable, I knew he was up for the challenge.  We started…

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The McGill Press and Building Standing Horizontal Pushing Strength

The bench press is a great developer of horizontal pushing strength.  However, if you are looking to transfer that skill and strength to a STANDING position, you might notice limited carryover.   That’s because when standing and pushing (or punching or kicking), the power originates from the legs and core.  Weak core means weak pressing.  So how can we bridge…

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Labels are Limiting

“I’m not a weightlifter.” “I’m not a runner.” “I’m not a ‘gym person.’” The great French philosopher Rene Descartes once said, “I think therefore, I am.”  A powerful affirmation of the existence of human consciousness, thinking complex thoughts is what makes us human. However, some of the thoughts we think can be limiting and downright…

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The Power of Squat Variations

Squats do a body good, we all know that.  But how we squat can affect our body a number of different ways. Put the bar on your back, on your shoulders or even hold it over your head and you can become strong in a number of different ways. Control the speed and timing of your…

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First Strict Pullup for Kristy P!!!

What better way to start off a Monday than with your first ever STRICT pull-up???!!! Kristy P’s been working hard during this last cycle and with Week 4 upon us, she got to test out her new found gains!  Well done! Give this lady some mad props for surpassing this important milestone!!! Want to become…

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Fixing the Backwards Jump in the Snatch or Clean

While not as severe a fault as jumping forward, jumping backward in the catch of the clean or snatch is a fault that will prevent heavier loads from being lifted in the future. A problem such as this occurs due to a cascade of errors:  first, either the athlete’s hamstrings are relatively weak or he…

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Squat Analysis – Part 1 – Helen E.

Yesterday, Helen E. began her journey yesterday towards becoming a more powerful rower by becoming a Personal Training client here at Steelworks Strength Systems. Over the next few weeks we’ll be dissecting her movement patterns and mobility to help improve her performance on the water. After a body composition analysis and some breathing technique work,…

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Nordic Curls for Stronger Hamstrings

If strong, beefy hamstrings are your goal, Nordic Curls are a great option!  Runners need hamstrings that can eccentrically control the lower leg from swinging out too far during each cycle of the gait.  The Nordic Curl achieves this! Hugh H. is seen here crushing it!!! Keep the descent 3-5 seconds each rep.  3-5 sets…

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Reimagine What is Possible

You might be weak, but you can become stronger You might be slow, but you can become faster. You might be drained, but you can gain vitality. A speck of imagination is all you need to reclaim your health and happiness. Annmarie O. came to Steelworks Strength Systems a few months ago on a mission.  Determined…

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How The Dumbbell Split Snatch Helps Football, Volleyball, Basketball Players

Do you play basketball, volleyball, or any other sport that involves jumping or a quick change of direction? Dynamic single leg work, like a dumbbell split snatch, is important for you. You see, sports that involve quick cuts, jumps, and accelerations demand athletes who can not only produce a lot of force, but can also…

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