3 Things Every Coach Should Learn from CrossFit

3 training lessons from crossfit

Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no denying that CrossFit has had a bigger impact on the fitness industry than anything else in the last 20 years. In the span of just a few years, CrossFit went from little more than an underground website posting workouts to a Reebok-sponsored, multi-million dollar behemoth with new gyms popping up around every corner.…Read More

How to Write a World-Class Conditioning Program in 15 Minutes or Less

Write Conditioning Programs in 15 min

When I was first getting into the field of strength and conditioning, I remember feeling overwhelmed any time I was asked to write out a training program for someone. I’d often spend hours writing out a single program, only to decide it wasn’t good enough and start over. From the very beginning, I was fortunate enough to be working with some very high-level athletes — and that meant a lot of responsibility.…Read More

How to Track Conditioning

How to Track Conditioning

How do you know if your training is making your conditioning any better? Why is it important to track your conditioning? This webcast answers these questions and more, giving you the tools to find out exactly how good your conditioning really is. Whether you’re training for competition or just to feel great,  I’ll show you how you can get more out of your workouts with just a few simple steps.…Read More

Conditioning for Strength Athletes


The need for conditioning may be obvious when it comes to training soccer players or combat athletes, but what about strength and power athletes? Should individuals who want to build strength and/or muscle mass worry about conditioning, and, if so, what should they be doing? Does training slow really make you slow? I’ll give you the answers to these questions and more in today’s webcast on Conditioning for Strength Athletes…Read More

3 Things to STOP doing if you want better conditioning

3 things to stop doing to improve your conditioning

Whatever your motivation for wanting to improve your conditioning may be, you’ve likely scoured the internet and sites like 8WeeksOut to try to figure out exactly what you should be doing to get in better shape. And I’m sure that you’ve found a mountain of information. On this site alone you can find a ton of articles – 5 ways to improve your conditioning, 3 tips to stop gassing out, 3 new conditioning rules, 8 principles that will transform your conditioning, etc.…Read More

5 Tips to Increase your HRV

DJ Increasing HRV

Fitness technology can be incredibly powerful and deliver better results, or it can be a complete waste of time and money. The difference lies in understanding how to make it work for you. To get the most out of heart rate variability, the single most valuable fitness tech out there, follow these five simple and effective tips and watch your fitness transform from the inside out…Read More

Strength Hacking with HRV: Part 2


Last week I told you that the single biggest reason people hit strength plateaus, overtrain and fail to reach their true strength potential isn’t because because of reasons everyone thinks, but rather because they fail to maintain the right balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. Sympathetic overload is the great strength killer.…Read More

Strength Hacking with HRV

Jim Laird

Training has changed dramatically over the years. In the 6th-century BC, Milo of Croton would carry a calf on his shoulders every day until it became a full-sized bull. Unknowingly, Milo was in the process of discovering the principle of progressive overload. Simply put, the calf got bigger over time and Milo had to respond. As a result of his labor, Milo’s muscles adapted to the workload by getting bigger and stronger.…Read More

Conditioning Supplements That Really Work

conditioning supplements

Take a walk through any supplement store and you’ll no doubt be bombarded with endless products promising to boost everything from strength, power and muscle mass to testosterone. While some of these products may be helpful to certain athletes depending on their goals– at least the few that are actually supported by research– there’s one area of performance that supplements rarely do a good job of improving and that’s endurance, i.e. conditioning.…Read More

So You Want to Become a Fighter

become a fighter

Just about every day I check my email and see messages from aspiring fighters who want to know the secrets to turning their passion into a successful career.  Sometimes the questions are simple— How do you prepare an Epsom salt bath for a last-minute weight cut?— and sometimes they could be the subject for an entire book—What kind of periodization do you recommend for an amateur fighter?Read More

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