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Super Meets Supple: Mark Bell x Kelly Starrett on Deadlifting

posted by coach Jay D

I often see questionable deadlifting on social media and even in person.
If it’s in person, I try my best to step in and assist without sounding like a jerk that’s overstepping my boundaries and crushing many-a-fragile ego.
If it’s on instagram or youtube or Facebook or anywhere…there’s only so much I can do.

Here’s a great video between Supertraining’s Mark Bell + Mobility WOD’s Kelly Starrett, as we get to listen on a deadlifting session with the two. Tons of info, in 45 mins, folks. Enjoy.

“It’s not just what’s about on the bar, here.” – Kelly Starrett

Please, Craft your Lifts.

Evolve or Die.

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Ask JD: Are Flip Flops Bad to Wear?

posted by coach Jay D

First and foremost, HAPPY CANADA DAY!

Back to the answer:
Yes, Flip Flops are terrible to wear.

I know it’s summer and your feet get sweaty and that summer breeze on your feet brings you back to a Jamaican shore.

I understand that every flip-flop colour imaginable is available at Old Navy on sale, currently and you can get a wearable colour for every day of the week.

I totally get that they’re easy to slip on and slip off whenever and wherever you’d like…

But flip-flops are terrible. Plain and simple.

On one hand, they lack proper support if you’re coming from the non-minimalis (i.e. maximum arch support) footwear school of thought.
On the other hand, if you’re seeking minimalist footwear, then obviously – this isn’t the minimalism you need due to a thin and flimsy false padding.

But it goes beyond that biomechanically as Mobility WOD god, Kelly Starrett, breaks down how the thong in a thong-slipper flip-flop is causing direct and referred pain beyond your wildest dreams.

Like he says, if you’re serious about taking your fish oils, hydration levels, position and poundage on the bar, then scrapping the vintage flip-flop from your summer wardrobe is a huge step towards healthy and strong living.

Do your actions fall in line with your goals?
Evolve or Die.

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Odd Exercises for Physical Vigor From an Oldtime Strongman

posted by coach Jay D

Although the accessibility of new fitness, exercise and training rituals and programs are faster than they’ve ever been in history via the internet, there’s nothing quite like going back in time and reading about how the Strength Community of yesteryear sought and found their strength.

Thanks to Art of Manliness, here’s a great article showcasing a few odd exercises to increase ‘Physical Vigor’.

A perfect “To-Do” for anyone’s morning – somewhere before your morning run, yet after your ‘Sun Salutation’.
Enjoy the timelessness.

Odd Exercises for Physical Vigor: An Oldtime Strongman’s 15-Minute Routine

Have A Strong Day.

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