Lessons Learned in Pursuit of a Bench Press PR

by Rijad Pekmez People were cheering as a bar loaded with 370 pounds hovered above my chest. If I were to drop it, I’d be in serious trouble. Knox College was hosting a collegiate powerlifting meet and I was on my last bench press attempt of the day. After a controlled descent, I held for…

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Why “Find Your Passion” is Bad Advice

Find your passion is a common piece of advice. It’s the wrong advice. Passion fades. This is a scientific truth we should all recognize. The body will always strive for homeostasis. When thrown out of whack, it will come back to balance. Passion throws the body out of whack – pleasantly, of course – but…

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Conspicuous Penalty for Incognito: the new Raiders culture?

Jon Gruden and the Oakland Raiders acquired some of the NFL’s most controversial players this offseason. The addition of Antonio Brown, Vontaze Burfict, and Richie Incognito excited many Raiders fans, who hoped for a rekindling of the aggressive, outlaw culture of 1980s Raider Nation. Visions of Ken Stabler, Jack Tatum, and Lyle Alzedo danced in…

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Beyond Strength Clinic, Palos Hills: Life After Sport

By Jennifer Foust Ingrid began her gymnastics career before the age of two and went on to become a competitive college athlete. With a gymnast background and a significant level of strength, she found Olympic Weightlifting and qualified for the American Open and the US National Championships within her first few months of training. After…

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Commissioner Silver was Right: Social Media’s Impact on NBA Success

At the most recent MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that many NBA players are experiencing increased anxiety which is “a direct result of social media… they’re truly unhappy.” Charles Barkley, during an interview on the ESPN show, Get Up, scoffed at the idea. He suggested that Silver’s comment was “the…

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We Need to Talk About Mental Health in Athletics

Death by suicide is a complicated occurrence which often leaves loved ones saddened and confused. The on-paper version of Tyler Hilinski’s passing is no exception: tall, bright, likeable young man playing quarterback in the Pac10. He leaves behind a loving family and host of friends who will miss him dearly. So what went wrong? Many recent…

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Finish Strong, Even So.

It was late February, I had been training hard for months. I was heading down to Oklahoma City to compete in the Powerlifting Nationals, hosted by the good folks at NASA (Natural Athlete Strength Association). My preparation was solid. Intelligent programming yielded less pain and better technique throughout the training cycle. I was ready. The…

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Beyond Strength: Powerlifting at Knox College

The word “powerlifting” sounds intimidating. If you search the word on Instagram, you will find massive, muscled-up people shouting through maximum efforts in gyms all over the world. It is intense. Intensity is part of the fun of a powerlifting event, but when done well, it can be far more valuable than that. On February…

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The Power of Perspective

The final speaker at this weekend’s Power Athlete Symposium was two-time Paralympic gold medalist Brad Snyder. Brad is blind. He is an engaging speaker and on stage he is steady and careful; in the water, he can fly. Before the accident which took his sight, Brad was captain of the swim team at Navy. He…

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Understanding Stress

Part One of an Ongoing Series Through the world travels of the Good Athlete Project, we have noticed one underlying constant in the desires of most people: less stress. It takes different forms and we name it different things, but it consistently looms heavy in the minds of many… stress about work, family, performance in…

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