Archives for: Strength & Conditioning

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

In-Season Football Training


Football season is in full swing. Teams across the country are practicing during the week and playing games on weekends. Many fans wonder when these athletes have time to workout or train outside of practices. Depending on which player or coach you ask, you will get different answers.…Read More

4 Tips for a Monster Clean and Jerk

clean and jerk

I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is that the clean and jerk is easier to master than the snatch. The bad news is that it still takes a ton of work and effort to master. But no worries! There is always a way to improve, even for the hardest exercises.…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

Building a bulletproof mind

special operator

This article is going to focus on the psychological training process we use to prepare people for SOF (special operations force) selections. This framework develops baseline skills that are later refined in the selection and training environment.…Read More

3 Exercises that will Improve Your Snatch

improve your snatch

The traditional squat snatch is without a doubt one of the most difficult barbell movements to grasp. If a boulder fell on someone laying on their back, odds are they will push the boulder off by performing something that looks like a bench press. If I asked that same person to pick up something heavy or stand up with a sandbag across their back, they would perform something that resembles a squat or deadlift. However, the same logic cannot be applied to a classical snatch.…Read More

3 New Conditioning Rules


Considering that we’re on the brink of the training technology revolution, with more fitness devices and gadgets becoming available almost daily, it’s surprising that in many ways, conditioning is still in the dark ages. If you were to go back in time and watch conditioning sessions for teams and athletes 50 years ago, chances are…Read More

Conditioning and Mental Toughness

mental toughness

The term “mental toughness” has become a popular buzzword in strength, conditioning, and fitness circles lately. These days, people are even paying good money to run themselves through brutal military style obstacle courses and endurance races – all in the name of proving and developing their mental toughness.…Read More

Special Operator Programming


This is part 2 of a series of articles on special operator training. If you missed part 1, check it out here.  In this article I’m going to be covering the general structure that I use to prepare people for special operations selections programs and for active duty operators.…Read More

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