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How a Simple Mid-Rep Pause Can Build Explosive Speed

Lifting weights is simple. You lower with control and then drive up as powerfully as you can. This is an effective method of training. But it doesn't do much to train one of the three types of muscle contractions, which could be preventing you from reaching your strength and speed potential. RELATED: The 10 Best Plyometric Exercises for Athletes There are three types of...
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Kentucky RB Boom Williams Ran a 4.28 40-Yard Dash in 9th Grade. Now He's Poised to Demolish The NFL Combine

Stanley "Boom" Williams burst onto the national recruiting scene as a 9th grader. A native of Monroe, Georgia, Williams balled out as a freshman at Apalachee High School. That garnered him enough attention to earn an invite to the University of Georgia's "Dawg Night" football camp, an annual event held in June. There, Williams wowed UGA coaches with an incredible 4.28 40-Yard...
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Trades in Mayo Sandwiches for Sushi, Turns Over Healthy New Leaf

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been an accomplished professional competitor all of his adult life, but he hasn't always been the picture of fitness. Early in his career he was known as a party goer. He smoked cigarettes until 2004. One of his favorite meals was a banana and mayonnaise sandwich. But in recent years Earnhardt has steered toward a healthier lifestyle, driven partly by his...
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15-Minute At-Home Workout for Shredded Abs

Are you ready to get some shredded abs right from your living room? If so, I have the perfect workout for you. You'll need zero equipment and it's a quick to-the-point workout. Just what you needed, right? I incorporate this workout into my routine at least twice a week and it's been a huge help for me and my clients with our goal to get shredded abs. I often get asked when...
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Eddie Lacy is Staying Lean This Offseason With Healthy Food and Pool Sprints

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy had another disappointing season in 2016. Due to a broken ankle, the 26-year-old played in only five games, accumulating 360 rushing yards and scoring no touchdowns. During the 2015 season, Lacy gained serious weight, which led to his worst full year in the league. But Lacy is trying to make 2017 his year—by staying lean this offseason...
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Is Jerky Actually Healthy?

Jerky is an attractive snack for athletes. For one, it's high in protein. But unlike other meat-based foods, jerky doesn't have to be refrigerated. That makes it a convenient and easy on-the-go snack. Combine that with the fact that jerky tastes pretty darn good, and it's not hard to see why it's so popular. But is it actually healthy? Or is jerky just another junk food that's...
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Ben Simmons Is Getting Fit on the VersaClimber as He Nears His NBA Debut

Ben Simmons, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, has yet to make his rookie debut for the Philadelphia 76ers after fracturing his foot during training camp. But all signs point to Simmons getting on the court before the end of the season. Part of that assessment comes from Simmons' ramped up participation in both team practices and workouts, evidence of which has been recorded...
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Todd Gurley Played Basketball at a 24-Hour Fitness and Absolutely Demolished Some Poor Sap's Ankles

We're used to seeing Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley embarrass defenders on the football field. As it turns out, he can do the same thing on the basketball court. Gurley recently played some late night pick-up basketball at a 24-Hour Fitness in Simi Valley, California. As you might expect, the competition wasn't exactly top notch: [instagram src="https://www.instagram...
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Mid-Season Sneaker Report: The Kicks Your Favorite NBA Stars Are Sporting During Their Playoff Run

NBA All-Star weekend is still fresh in our minds, but it's time to move past the amazing alley-oops and complete lack of defense to focus on the tail end of the basketball season. Successful teams and players return to fundamentals and good "team basketball" during this important time, and that renewed commitment starts from the ground up. With the late-season playoff run and...
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Francisco Lindor's Secret Fielding Weapon is Called a 'Pancake Glove'

In just two seasons with the Cleveland Indians, shortstop Francisco Lindor has become one of the best young players in Major League Baseball. For his 2016 season performance, the 23-year-old earned the American League Platinum Glove and Gold Glove awards. RELATED: Gold Glove Shortstop Francisco Lindor Talks Offseason Training, Style and the Cheat Meal He Can't Give Up To be successful...
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Shaquille O'Neal's Size 22 Reebok Shaq Attaq Is Even More Ridiculous In Person

Despite his age (he's 44 years old), Shaquille O'Neal remains a ridiculously enormous person. When the Hall of Fame big man strolls through any room, it still feels like there's a giant in your midst. Your eyes gravitate toward him like there's some sort of magnetic pull. Despite his iconic presence in our culture, both on and off the court, for decades, Shaq still doesn't feel entirely...
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4 Bear Crawl Variations That Build Total-Body Strength

Crawling isn't just for infants. With slight variations, the Bear Crawl is a great way to strengthen your core, shoulders and even your glutes. Try these Crawls during your next workout to build strength and stability. Also, note that all the variations below can be performed forward, laterally or in reverse. Watch the video for a demonstration of each variation. Bear Crawl This...
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Improve Agility With the Lateral Shuffle Drill

The Lateral Shuffle is a popular agility drill used by athletes at all levels to improve multi-directional speed and movement. Shuffling happens quite frequently on the field or court, even if only briefly as a transition between movements. However, athletes often perform this basic athletic movement poorly. They bounce up and down, keep their legs straight or aren't in a position...
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How Concussions Increase ACL Injury Rates

Athletes who have had a concussion are experiencing more lower-body injuries, including the dreaded ACL tear. But why? How can a brain injury result in injuring your knee? RELATED: What Doctors Aren't Telling You About Your Kid's Concussion In a 2016 study from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, recently concussed student-athletes were observed for acute non-contact lower...
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Kyrie Irving Left LeBron James Off of His NBA All-Time Greatest List

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving had a busy 2017 NBA All-Star weekend. Not only did he participate in the 3-Point Contest and the All-Star Game, but he also had to defend some of his crazy takes. RELATED: Kyrie Irving On the Spot of His Infamous Game 7 Shot: "That Spot's Been Pretty Good to Me" The 4-time All-Star become one the main topics of conversation this weekend...
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Air Jordan's All-Star Pop-Up Shop in New Orleans Had it All

One of the pleasures of attending NBA All-Star Weekend and the events leading up to its culmination on Sunday is the number of exclusives that pop up on a daily basis. Sneaker brands release their All-Star kicks early, available only in the city hosting the game. Brands go all-out with temporary pop up shops, featuring a parade of DJs and celebrity guests streaming in and out. It...
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Kyrie Irving Had the Weirdest All-Star Week Ever

In mid-January, on the debut episode of Channing Frye's and Richard Jefferson's podcast "Road Trippin'," Kyrie Irving gave a curious answer to a question posed by host Allie Clifton. When she asked, lightheartedly, would the trio of players rather be able to control space or time, Irving quickly chose space, before diving into his reasoning. "Time is a misconception," Irving said...
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Video Shows DeMarcus Cousins' Tearful Goodbye to Sacramento Community

DeMarcus Cousins is finally on his way out of Sacramento. The Kings recently completed a trade that sent the three-time NBA All-Star to the New Orleans Pelicans. For many fans, this seemed like a long time coming. Cousins was hardly shy about his frustrations with the Kings' franchise, as management seemed incapable of surrounding him with quality talent. That attitude, combined...
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This 4-Exercise Routine Will Build Six-Pack Abs

If you tell me you really don't care how your abs look, well, I'm going to just come out and call you a liar. We all want toned abs. Why wouldn't you? RELATED: Exercises for Toning Your Abs Without Straining Your Low Back Growing up, I used to crank out Crunches, Sits-Ups, Planks or whatever I could just to get those washboard abs. At age 13 it was pretty easy to have...
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The Brutal Full-Body Strength Workout is Only for the Strong

"Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee." —Muhammad Ali You've heard the great Muhammad Ali say that, right? He used this approach in the ring to absolutely punish his opponents with speed and finesse. Well, I took his approach and created a full-body strength circuit that's perfect for building muscle and burning fat fast! This full-body strength circuit is easy to set...
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Build Back Strength and Core Stability With the Banded Inverted Row

Inverted Rows are one of the best bodyweight exercises for building a strong back, a stable core and even bigger arms. However, the exercise can quickly become too easy if you're beyond the beginner or intermediate stage. To bring the Inverted Row to the next level, I like holding on to thick resistance bands instead of a barbell or suspension straps. Using resistance bands requires...
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Improve Your Strength and Endurance With This Dumbbell HIIT Circuit

HIIT workouts are one of the most popular styles of training, because they provide a quick way to burn fat and improve conditioning. You can learn more about the benefits of HIIT workouts here. One of the best things about HIIT workouts is their versatility. You don't have to be stuck on a bike or a treadmill. You can perform almost any type of exercise as long as it pushes you...
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Kyrie Irving On the Spot of His Infamous Game 7 Shot: 'That Spot's Been Pretty Good to Me'

Of the three now-infamous plays that secured the Cleveland Cavaliers' first ever NBA championship last summer, "The Shot" is perhaps the most legendary. Yet Kyrie Irving doesn't get the chance to hit the go-ahead 3 over Steph Curry if it isn't for "The Block," and maybe the game ends differently without "The Stop," but Irving's dagger from just beyond the 3-point line on the far...
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Avoid These Gym Hazards to Work Out Safely

Injuries are part of the game. But accidents and injuries in the gym are especially frustrating for athletes and coaches—interrupting offseason and in-season conditioning programs and causing lost practice and game time. Utilize the guidelines below for safely and productively exercising in the weight room, at home or outdoors—so you'll be in game shape year round. Survey...
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NFL Prospect Jamal Adams is on the Verge of Winning a $40,000 Bet With His Dad

Jamal Adams, former safety at Louisiana State University, has two things to look forward to on draft day. He's projected to be selected in the top half of the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. And if all goes well, he will win a long-standing bet with his father, George, who was selected 19th overall in the 1985 NFL Draft and played running back for the New York Giants and New...
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