Do More Monostructural Work

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Drop Your Barbells, Big Shot. And by that, we mean it’s time for some monostructural work — hop on a rower, jump on a bike, go for a run. It’s not the sexy stuff. You probably won’t post it on your Instagram or Snap it to your latest Tinder match, but it’s the stuff that builds you a bigger engine. It’s the stuff that really counts. Here’s why: high-intensity workouts are often varied. So, when you’re muscling through a workout …

Brutal Friday: “Constant”

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14 Min AMRAP 4 CLEAN AND JERK 12 CHEST TO BAR 50’ WALKING LUNGE *NO WEIGHT (225/145 LB.) Want to see what a typical week looks like on Brute Compete? Click here to try it FREE for 7 days.

Get to Know the Brutes – Mike Davis

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Mike Davis was born at Cherry Point Naval Hospital in Havelock, North Carolina and was born into a military family with his dad being a Marine.  At around 2 years old, his family moved back to their hometown of Loranger, Louisiana where he has lived since. Mike went to a private Christian school until about the 4th grade and was then homeschooled till high school.  Growing up a “country boy” he constantly worked on his grandfather’s dairy farm and played …

Get to Know the Brutes – Nick Fowler

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Born in Nicaragua, Nick spent time growing up in Argentina as a child then moved to Miami at a pretty young age. His fitness journey started personally as an elite level climber setting numerous world records on the mountain face of “El Cap”. Nick became frustrated with his own fitness as a climber as he was starting to come up against physical limitations. He started studying and doing personal research from the likes of Charles Poliquin and was truly intrigued …

Working in Before Working Out

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I love to lift weights.   I love to sweat and find that ‘second wind’ in a workout, proving time and time again to myself that I can meet and sometimes surpass my own expectations.   Why Do We Do It?   Whether you’re a competitor or not, we’ve all experienced the clarity and confidence that comes from lifting a heavy barbell or nailing a workout in the gym.   “Balance” is another word thrown around a lot – this …

Get to Know the Brutes – Adrian Conway

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Adrian is originally from a small town in Pennsylvania called Mill Creek.  Adrian grew up with a split family since he was three years old which means he grew up having two families. One family was in the town of Mill Creek in central Pennsylvania and the other side of his family was a military based family in the Air Force. His stepdad and mom were stationed all throughout the country. Adrian would alternate years between both families spending the …

The Gears of the Gymnastics Motor: Static Positioning

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One of the most emphasized aspects of artistic gymnastics is one of the most widely overlooked in competitive fitness gymnastics, and that is static body positioning. In gymnastics there are descriptive terms for a variety of common positions of the core, arms and legs including: arch, hollow, tuck, pike, straddle, stalder, lunge, ‘puck’, ‘cowboy’, blocked out, lever, planche, plank, pressed out, etc. All of these terms and innumerable other variations are combined to create common body positions. These positions form the building blocks of gymnastics skill and successful manipulation of the body in space.

The Mamba Mentality Lives On

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 (This post is dedicated to Pilot Kurt Deetz, Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester, Peyton Chester) This one is going to hurt in one way or another and not just for one day, one week, or one month but most likely for a lifetime. I have started and stopped writing this piece of work more than fifteen times at least. I continue to find myself wondering if I eventually am going to …

Recovery Tools Metabolic Waste

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There’s a lot of strategies out there to eliminate metabolic waste after training. After competition, it’s one of the things that should be on the forefront of your mind for sure. When we talk about metabolic waste, we’re talking about burning sugars during high-intensity exercise…maybe it’s creatine phosphate, or maybe we’re taking glucose from our liver and our muscles and we’re converting the lactate into fuel. Whatever that might be, the byproduct is, in a way systemic, right? It’s in …

Training vs. Testing

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A New Age of Programming From a high-level competitor’s perspective, the days of sprinkling in some skill and strength work pre-WOD and going HAM until you’re puking out the overnight oats you ate for breakfast are long gone. Our sport is quickly evolving as the years go by, and so has the preparation necessary to qualify for the big competition events. What seemed like simply throwing a bunch of random workouts on a whiteboard has thoughtfully progressed into a masterful …