Why the Bamboo Press?
Written by Holden Rethwill

Now that you know how to set up your PVC pipe, or for those of you who are fortunate enough to have a bamboo bar, it’s time to talk about why this tool should be in your arsenal!

Two main reasons why we all should utilize the bamboo press are:

  1. Increased strength – How does it help increase strength? All the shaking caused by the kettlebell movement forces you to target smaller stabilizing muscles that often aren’t otherwise triggered in your major lifts.

John Wooden’s 9 Promises That Can Bring Happiness
Written by Holden Rethwill

I could write blog post after blog post on the ideals and life lessons I’ve learned from reading and studying books on John Wooden. The level of excellence he achieved as a coach is something anyone in a coaching profession should aspire and strive for. But, not because of his win record, or the National Championships he won, Hall of Fame players he coached; instead for the high level of integrity to which he held himself, his athletes and his peers.

Wall Balls and Geometry
Written by Holden Rethwill

Raise your hand if you’ve ever thrown wall ball up in the air, only to miss the target and drop straight back down to the ground, or worse, your face. I’ve done it, we’ve all done it at some point. This error is so often not for a lack of effort or mental toughness, but for a lack of awareness and angles.

Geometry Lesson

Today’s lesson in geometry: If you throw something straight up in the air at a 90 degree angle from the ground,

The Hidden Key to Maximizing Your Potential
Written by Holden Rethwill

Accessory work can be a nuisance. We all know it. For the vast majority of us, we hold off on this until after we’ve finished our session. Most likely you’ve just done some heavy lifting and/or a workout that has left your heart rate jacked up, and (in my case especially) soaked in sweat. The last thing you want to do is accessory work.

I’m here to tell you, do not neglect accessory work. Accessory movements such as hip extensions,

Eight Suggestions for Succeeding
Written by Holden Rethwill

In my last post about my favorite book, Wooden, I discussed three ways to limit your success – whining, complaining, making excuses. Ok so we have what not to do. Now what should we do in order to be successful?

Sticking with the John Wooden theme, he gives us eight suggestions for succeeding. They are as follows:

1. Fear no opponent. Respect every opponent.

2. Remember, it’s the perfection of the smallest details that make big things happen.