Good times at the Bring a Friend yesterday. Hope you all managed to get a piece of Matt’s birthday cake before he ate it all. Good turnout for Yoga as well, now practice what you learned to make those shoulders stronger and more stable.

Yoga with Megan

Next weekend is the Petone Fair, we will be open as normal with a workout at 9am then Open Gym from 10am. We will also have a stall down by Speights so come in, workout, enjoy the fair and visit Donna and her crew on Jackson Street.

Next Sunday we are holding the first of 5 comps we are holding as part of the Olympic Weightlifting New Zealand Champions League. If you want to help out let us know, if you want to lift hit the button below. Weigh in starts at 9am, lifting will start at 11am.

FEB OLY COMP – SIGN UP HERE

Sunday Reading

Thanks to Paule for this first one.

The Rules of Strength Training (Part 1): 25 Things I Have Learned

1. Approach different lifts differently. Some lifts are better to approach aggressively, and some and better to approach less so. I find I lift best when I go at squats aggressively and deadlifts with a calmer and more focused mind-set. Find what works for you with each lift.

Squat Stance & the Olympic Lifts

With the Olympic lifts, it’s easy to wander a little too far down the rabbit hole and find yourself lost amid overwhelming detail. There are times when such detail is necessary and helpful, but at other times, the best course of action is to simplify. Sometimes this just means reassessing a problem with a perspective guided by simplicity—that is, returning to the basics to fix the complex.

Maximal Neuromuscular Power Depends On Specific Characteristics Of The Central Nervous System : Part 1

The understanding of [sport] movements requires the knowledge of neuroscience notions. Many people over the years have focused on mechanics of movement – that is biomechanics- and have offered very valuable insight into weightlifting technique. If one is trying to understand how movement efficiency is achieved only through analysis of the angles of body segments , one can’t fully appreciate the reality of said movement without considering neural factors. After all, the central nervous system is the reason why those segments actually move in the first place.