Veganism & Weightlifting, Part 2

“When plants dream, they dream big.” — Whole Foods ad Once again expounding the benefits of a vegan diet, how I made the transition, and advice related to increased physical activity / eating plant-based amidst regular training.

Accessory Work For Olympic Lifters: TRX Overhead Triceps Extension

This one pertains to Rack Position in the barbell Clean & Jerk. It also applies to anyone looking to shape & strengthen upper arms. Be mindful of the elbow joints here — adjust foot position further out from the TRX as needed to keep emphasis on the muscles.

Olympic Weightlifting: The Most Common Misconception

The most common *misconception* about Olympic Weightlifting — that you have to be an Olympian or headed to the Olympics to do it! ALSO: Starting tomorrow 5/29 I’ll be offering in-person fitness sessions at the Montaje gym in Somerville. Contact for details = s.ikerd@gmail.com

Olympic Weightlifting: Most Common Clean & Jerk Technical Error + Solution, A Ref Perspective

The Olympic Weightlifting content continues complete with plentiful hand gestures! Previous videos are searchable on this page under that category and on the YouTube channel homepage. This video is about lockout in the Clean & Jerk. After watching and reffing two online National competitions in the past year – and seeing some amazing lifting –Continue reading “Olympic Weightlifting: Most Common Clean & Jerk Technical Error + Solution, A Ref Perspective”

Advice Column: Lifters, Take Care Of Your Feet!

Lifters and athletes especially – but anyone — take care of your feet! They’re the workhorse heroes of the body that are often unsung. For an Olympic lifter the muscles of the feet are especially busy, launching up and then impacting down. Nobody told me when I first started out the importance of foot care,Continue reading “Advice Column: Lifters, Take Care Of Your Feet!”

Personal Olympic Weightlifting Log: Coming Off Deload Week

I’m looking forward to getting back to some serious workload next week. I definitely say that with happiness. However, I do completely realize the importance of backing off and respecting one’s physiology during a deload week or recovery period. This past week was definitely that, coming off two weeks of work pushing some numbers. I’veContinue reading “Personal Olympic Weightlifting Log: Coming Off Deload Week”

New E-book! Yoga Flexin’ — Dumbbells + Yoga Positions For Strength & Flexibility

The fitness e-book series continues with this combination of weights and traditional yoga poses. More Studio Shangri-La Fitness titles to come. This one will likely have a sequel. As an Olympic lifter I value yoga — and there are so many reasons to — as my mobility work. This adds a bit extra to theContinue reading “New E-book! Yoga Flexin’ — Dumbbells + Yoga Positions For Strength & Flexibility”

Personal Olympic Weightlifting Log: Tracking The Bigger Picture

I was feeling sort of weak yesterday, or so I thought — when I looked back at my previous numbers in this new training cycle though, I found that in fact my numbers from yesterday were higher than before on all the lifts I did. Yesterday was squat clean with no jerk, back squat andContinue reading “Personal Olympic Weightlifting Log: Tracking The Bigger Picture”