Can you guys believe it? 2016 is coming to a close, and now is as good a time as ever for us to look back on the year that was. This year, we’ve shared countless exercises in our Move of the Week feature, and published several articles on fitness, training, and nutrition.
Anyone who has followed our social media long enough knows that we love powerlifting, weightlifting, performance, and science. They are the basis of what we do. After sifting through our blog archives here on halevylife.com, I’ve whittled down the content pieces that best represent who we are and what we do. So here they are in no particular order: Halevy Life’s Best Articles of 2016.
Lessons about Weightlifting from #CWCNYC – We had the pleasure of hosting Quinn Henoch’s first ClinicalAthlete Weightlifting Coach Certification here at Halevy Life. My fellow coaches and I thoroughly enjoyed the certification, and a lot of the concepts we learned and knowledge we attained have made their way into our coaching. But perhaps the most important point that was hammered home in the course was the overarching importance of positions–especially those that are required to perform the clean & jerk and the snatch safely and effectively.
Why Novice Weightlifters Should (and Shouldn’t) Deadlift – The video content we made for this piece garnered a lot of attention on Facebook and Twitter, and there’s no doubt that Staff Coach Ross Curtis was partially responsible. His expertise when it comes to weightlifting and the Olympic lifts shines through in this feature.
The 3 Mistakes Beginner Weightlifters Make – When it comes to training over the long haul, it’s important to take a step back from time to time and re-evaluate what worked and what didn’t work. Both Jake and I took up weightlifting as part of our training this year. In the process, we got a first-hand look at the mistakes that beginners often make when it comes to the sport.
Why You Should Flex #everydamnday for Mobility Gains: Part 1 and Part 2 – In this 2-part beast of an article, Director of Programming Dan Cerone dove headfirst into the Functional Range Conditioning system and brought us along for the long ride. The result was a comprehensive look at how great mobility can be trained and improved safely and effectively, just like strength in the weightroom. Be sure to read both parts of this piece, or revisit them if you’ve already done so!
Metabolic Testing: Should you know your VO2max? – When it comes to Metabolic Testing, Staff Coach Joe Ferraro is our go-to guy. In this piece, he outlines the ins and outs of VO2max, or maximal oxygen uptake, and why it’s an important indicator of our performance in the gym or on the field of play. Lots of science in this article as well, but Joe does an excellent job of navigating us through these waters!
If you missed out on any of these articles, I’d highly recommend getting up to speed, and I think you would find your time well spent. Without a doubt, we have a lot more in the works when it comes to this blog in 2017…onward and upward we go!
by Jeremy Lau