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PERIODIZATION — The key to unlocking true strength.

By Alex Babin

/ Articles / Crossfit / Strength and performance / 11 June, 2019

“Periodization: long-term cyclic structuring of training and practice to maximize performance to coincide with important competitions.”   In the stren…

How to strengthen your grip on the deadlift

By Alex Babin

/ Strength and performance / Training / Videos / 21 December, 2018

One of the common weak lifts on the deadlift is the grip. In this video, Alex discusses a few exercises he uses to help his clients address this weakn…

How and When to Deload for Powerlifting

By Alex Babin

/ Strength and performance / Training / Videos / 07 December, 2018

In powerlifting, specific deload phases are important for recovery. In this video, Alex talks about deloading for powerlifting by playing with volume …

The Role of the Lats in the Deadlift

By Alex Babin

/ Strength and performance / Training / Videos / 26 November, 2018

The lats are important for stabilizing the shoulder girdle. When deadlifting, you want to keep the bar as close to you as possible. If the bar travels…

The Role of the Lats on the Bench

By Alex Babin

/ Strength and performance / Training / Videos / 09 November, 2018

The recruitment of the lats for the bench press is a controversial subject. In this capsule, Alex discussed the role of the lats and relates these to …

The role of the lats in the squat

By Alex Babin

/ Strength and performance / Training / Videos / 15 October, 2018

The contraction of the upper back of the lats is one of the foundations of a good squat. How can you use your lats for a better squat? In this capsule…

Should I Use Amonia or Not?

By Alex Babin

/ Videos / 26 September, 2018

Amonia is a smelling salt that activates the nervous system and arouses you dramatically and quickly. But high arousal should only be used for a task …

Four Steps for Warming up for the Squat

By Alex Babin

/ Strength and performance / Videos / 11 July, 2018

It’s really important to approach your warm-up with as much intent as you would approach your training in order to get a good workout. In this capsule…

How to Peak for Powerlifting

By Alex Babin

/ Strength and performance / Videos / 27 June, 2018

Failed bars and underperformance at competition time is any powerlifter’s worst nightmare. There are 3 factors in peaking: fatigue, fitness, and prepa…

Multiplanar Work for Powerlifters

By Alex Babin

/ Videos / 26 February, 2018

In this capsule, Alex and Mai-Linh discuss why multiplanar movement is important for powerlifters, or in any situation where certain categories of mov…

To Sniff or Not To Sniff: Can You Get Too Amped Up Before a Big Lift?

By Alex Babin

/ Articles / Miscellaneous / 14 November, 2017

Can you get too amped up before a big lift?  The screams, the 4-scoops of over-caffeinated pre-workouts, the ammonia caps or smelling salts, the slaps…

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RPE-based Training – Part 2: Why RPE-based Train CAN be your Worst Enemy

By Alex Babin

/ Articles / Strength and performance / 17 October, 2017

  As we talked about in the first article of this series, the RPE system is a way for athletes to quantify the difficulty of a working set based …