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The Importance of Strict Strength

The Strict Press

"Never is the stabilizing role of the abdominals more critical than when attempting to drive loads overhead. We train our athletes to think of every exercise as an ab exercise. This is essential in the overhead lifts. It is easy to see when an athlete is not sufficiently engaging the abs in an overhead press—the body arches so as to push the hips, pelvis, and stomach ahead of the bar. Constant vigilance is required of every lifter to prevent and correct this postural deformation."

The Strict Pull-Up

“The goal in your pull-up work is ‘more.’ You want, you need, more pull-ups. The more you can do, the stronger you become. Muscular endurance, absolute strength, relative strength—whatever you want to define and measure gets better. Every personal-best pull-up is an event worthy of celebration. You’re going to live to be 100, but you’ll not get that many pull-ups, so treat the new ones like birthdays.”

—Greg Glassman

Thursday's Training:

Strength:

Build to a heavy set of 5 Strict Press

Metcon:

"Heavy Metal"

AMRAP 12:

10 Strict Presses (95/65)

25 Double Unders

10 Strict Pull-ups

25 Double Unders