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Reese Hoffa is the owner of the Hoffa Throws Academy, an elite training facility located in Watkinsville GA. He is a 3-time Olympian, 2-time World Champion, and spent an unprecedented 10 straight years ranked in the top 3 in the world.  I worked as a professional shot putter for 14 years. I won two world championships, went to three Olympic games and achieved just about every goal I ever set for myself. As you can imagine, a lot of young athletes asked me what they needed to do to have a career like mine. I told them the truth, and I’ll share that truth with you now, but a lot of people didn’t want to hear it then and won’t want to hear it now. They hoped there was some secret, some shortcut that would help them be a professional without the effort. Being a professional means a lot more than just collecting a paycheck or having a sponsorship, so in today’s article, I’m going to point out a few of the things that I did to put myself in a position to succeed.First, during the season I abstained from alcohol. Alcohol negatively affected my ability to recover and was a poor choice as a source for calories. I might have one drink the night after a competition, but I made a point to stay away from alcohol during the season. Second, I stretched every night. No matter what else was going on or how tired I was, I made time for my stretching routine. It helped me recover from the day and maintain the mobility I needed to hit positions in the ring. If I had an injury I was rehabbing then I added foam rolling, acupuncture, and stim to my nightly routine. It helped that I had (and...

Last weeks leading into the meet[wpdevart_youtube width="640" height="385" autoplay="0" theme="dark" loop_video="0" enable_fullscreen="1" show_related="1" show_popup="0" thumb_popup_width="213" thumb_popup_height="128" show_title="1" show_youtube_icon="1" show_annotations="1" show_progress_bar_color="red" autohide_parameters="1" set_initial_volume="false" initial_volume="100" disable_keyboard="0"]muIuT3FjSsc[/wpdevart_youtube]Here is a quick meet recap and the lessons I learned[wpdevart_youtube width="640" height="385" autoplay="0" theme="dark" loop_video="0" enable_fullscreen="1" show_related="1" show_popup="0" thumb_popup_width="213" thumb_popup_height="128" show_title="1" show_youtube_icon="1" show_annotations="1" show_progress_bar_color="red" autohide_parameters="1" set_initial_volume="false" initial_volume="100" disable_keyboard="0"]e-rlAlCqweY[/wpdevart_youtube]...

Ok folks, here we go! For our Black Friday promotion this year, here are the deals we are offering! $50 off the Shoulderok, price is now $139.99! FREE Shoulderok with purchase of a Duffalo Performance Squat and Bench Bar, OR $139.99 credit if you buy a Duffalo Bar + Boomstick or Pain Pill $60 in free mobility tools with purchase of any tempering products (Boomstick, Pain Pill, or Geisha) 15% off the ENTIRE REST OF THE STORE!Click the store link above and go get them before they're gone! ...

Video Transcript: All right. Thanks, everyone. I do appreciate you guys taking the time to come in today to listen to this piece. It is an important piece and it needs to touch on because I see this Facebook and there's somebody with an article or usually a video talking about, and almost some time I've seen it labeled Breathing is Bracing, Breathing is Bracing. It is not bracing, so we need to kind of understand that there's three functions to the diaphragm. We've got respiration function, we've got stabilization function and we've got my favorite, the sphincter function. We're not going to touch on that one today, unless I have some really profound gas and you can all hear it. Outside of that, we're not going to touch on it.They are integrating together. When we talk about integration of those today, now I'm not saying breathing isn't important. Breathing is a fundamental piece where you start. If you have respiration dysfunction, you will continue to need to go back and deal with issues. They're going to come up. They're going to pop around different places in your body. It is a fact that you will continue to have issues. You will have power loss. It is important that if you have breathing dysfunction, you must deal with it, and so that's why we talk about the diaphragmatic breathing strategies. We're not going to go in to that today. We're going to say that's taken care of. What we're going to talk about, what is the difference between diaphragmatic breathing, proper breathing and the stabilization function that the diaphragm also has and how those integrate together. They are not the same thing.Unless you guys want to talk about sphincter function, we can spend time talking about that. It would be fun....

I am sitting at 4 weeks out at the end of week 8 and besides my shoulder, everything is moving along. I am still hitting the weights I need to for bench so I can't complain and it is getting progressively better thanks to 1-2 hours a day of dedicated work. Squats and deads are going really well and I am expecting them to carry my total. I am hitting singles for most of my competition lifts to really dial in form and to maximize recovery. I am not saying reps are bad, but since I am going into PR weights I need to be perfect and practice makes perfect. This is new to me so we will see how it all plays out on Nov 19th. Getting very excited for this meet and leading up to the meet are some huge meets that will showcase some of the best lifters in my weight class and in the 308 plus weight class. Watching the top guys perform really pumps me up and gets me ready for training and the platform. Some people see them and get down, I see them and get excited because I know I will be there soon. Here is week 7 training recap:SundayBackMondayLow Bar Squats w/ Wraps- 715lbs for 2 RepsBelt Squats- 4x6Sumo Pulls- 515lbslbs 6x1Ab Wheel- 4x10WednesdayOff to rest shoulder pain FridaySumo Deads- 650lbslbs x1RDL's- 455lbs x6, 495lbs x5Belt Squats- 4x6Band Abs- 3x12SaturdayPause  BP-  470lbs x3x3 Couldn't move my arm so I called it quits[wpdevart_youtube width="640" height="385" autoplay="0" theme="dark" loop_video="0" enable_fullscreen="1" show_related="1" show_popup="0" thumb_popup_width="213" thumb_popup_height="128" show_title="1" show_youtube_icon="1" show_annotations="1" show_progress_bar_color="red" autohide_parameters="1" set_initial_volume="false" initial_volume="100" disable_keyboard="0"]LVokRp2_5C8[/wpdevart_youtube]Here is week 8 training recap:SundayBackMondayLow Bar Squats w/ Wraps- 745lbs for 1 RepSumo Pulls- 535lbs 4x1Belt Squats- 4x6Ab Wheel- 4x10WednesdayPause BP-  440lbs x4x1JM Press- 6x8FridaySumo Deads- 676lbs for 3 singlesRDL's- 405lbs 4x6Belt Squats- 4x6Band Abs- 3x12SaturdayPause  BP-  485lbs x1 JM...

The meet is getting closer and closer and as the weights get heavier and fatigue grows injuries are almost always going to occur. Some people quit and call it when that happens, but good lifters figure out a way to push through and work around the injuries to keep steady progress and still be ready for the meet. It is about taking the time to diagnose the issue, find people who can help you solve, and do exercises that work around it but still build up those areas. Other times you just have to pop some ibuprofen and do the best you can until the meet is over, but the worst thing you can do is quit when things aren't going your way. This meet prep for me has been good in the sense that all my lifts are improving but bad in that this has been the most injury-plagued prep yet. Normally I can make it through a prep just fine a few bumps and bruises along the way but this one has been trying, to say the least. So far I've popped a rib out, injured my right shoulder to the point where I couldn't even raise my hand up and just recently had a slight strain in my calf. This has forced me to look into different modalities of training and it has allowed me to look long term how can I prevent this from happening again, now if I just quit I would have never gotten better in those aspects and I wouldn't have grown as a coach and athlete all things I try to do on a daily basis, so what better way to do that than under the bar. Things are on the up and up and I couldn't be happier with where I am...

A proud moment for Kabuki Strength, one of our Lab members and perhaps the most dedicated athlete we know recently placed 1st Overall in her debut Physique show - The Battle of the Eagles at Seven Feathers Resort and Casino. Natalie Newhart is an up-and-coming physique athlete who looks ready to crush competition at her pro qualifier and in my opinion, is fit for the Olympia stage already. Here are some pictures from her show: ...

To register for this meet, you must complete the following steps/criteria:1. Download the meet entry form, fill it out, and submit it via email or regular post. Send Entry form to:14350 SE Industrial Way Clackamas, OR 97015LINK TO ENTRY FORM 2. Pay the meet entry fee via PayPal below, or by sending cash/check with your entry form.Please pay below or send check/cash via mail with your entry.Entry Fee OptionsPowerlifting (PL) $100.00 USD Single Lift (SL) $75.00 USD PL - w/Late Fee $125.00 USD SL - W/Late Fee $100.00 USD PL - 2 Divisions $130.00 USD SL - 2 Divisions $105.00 USD PL - 2 Divisions Late $155.00 USD SL - 2 Divisions Late $130.00 USD3. Ensure you have a current APA membership card. If you do not, you may purchase one from the APA via their site, or at weigh-ins. YOU MUST FILL OUT AND SEND US THE ENTRY FORM LINKED ABOVE AND SUBMIT PAYMENT VIA PAYPAL (OR CHECK/CASH). It is not enough to simply submit payment via paypal, you must also submit the entry form linked above....