Become an Invictus Athlete

Tips for Perfecting the Tall Jerk
Written by Gaje McDaniel

At the end of the day, strength plays a major role in Olympic weightlifting, but without technique, strength can only take you so far. Many athletes overlook the technique aspect and sometimes become too lazy to take the time out of their training session to work on it. The tall jerk drill is very quick and simple, allowing us to practice footwork while still performing the necessary overhead lockout and punch.

This drill simplifies the movement of the split jerk and helps an athlete focus on simple points of performance:

  • Fast Feet
  • Fast Hands
  • Vertical Chest
  • Strong Landing Position (NOT SOFT)

If you’re an athlete struggling with the concept of punching yourself down and under the barbell,

Wodapalooza Here We Come …
Written by Nichole DeHart-Kribs

We are wishing all the Invictus athletes the best as they head out to compete at Wodapalooza this weekend. Not only do these athletes get to take a trip to soak up some sunshine during the dead of winter, but they also get to compete in a really fun competition.

We have always used these competitions to give our athletes a baseline measure of where they are as they head into the CrossFit Open. We are sure Miami won’t disappoint in their tests of fitness.

How Can I Strengthen My False Grip? 
Written by Cat Blatner

Many athletes struggle holding their false grip when they initially start learning how to do muscle ups. This can be a very frustrating position to be in as it can often feel uncomfortable if not used to the grip. So, here are a few tips to help strengthen that false grip position and get you more comfortable with it.

Kettlebell False Grip Carry

Working with Kettlebells can be a great way to increase your time in a false grip position.

5 Ways To Mentally Prepare Before a Competition
(Originally published May 18, 2016)
Written by Calvin Sun

As a competitive athlete, your preparation for game day goes far beyond what you do in the gym. While physical training is certainly critical, mental preparation is equally essential to your success. U.S. Marine Corps General James Mattis said, “The most important six inches on the battlefield is between your ears”. Most coaches at Invictus will tell you that this statement holds equally true for athletes who wish to step onto the arena floor. In this post,

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.