For fuck’s sake, you guys are blowing me up constantly for weightlifting streams. You can do one of several things.
1. Go to All Things Gym and look at his nice, organized stream list. I’m shocked at how organized this dude is; he’s on the internet a lot. In any case, he has a long list of various free streams you can use. Thanks, Gregor.
2. Watch it on your home country’s network, assuming you have their cable package. I can tell you that Comcast blows and is difficult to deal with, so let’s go to the next option…
3. TUNNEL BEAR, ASSEMBLE! TunnelBear.com has a VPN for download, and it’s a cheaper option than other programs I’ve seen online. I don’t know what “VPN” is, and I don’t care. What it does is it makes your location appear from somewhere else. This is legal, and it can help protect you. In this case, we are using it to “tunnel” our position into the UK so that we can use the BBC live streams (they also have session recaps to re-watch any event). Read the FAQ if you’re confused.
Bears are always funny. Tunnel Bears are always helpful.
Download the program for free, and you’ll get 500mb of data each month (Note: If you tweet at TunnelBear, they’ll give you 1gb for free within a day or so). Unlimited data is only $4.99/month, which is half the price of other options out there. To me it’s worth watching the lifting sessions, but I also get to stream all of the Olympic events live or re-watch all the events. I don’t get anything from Tunnel Bear, but I love bears and I love weightlifting.
Tunnel Bear is very simple. Download it. Install it. Sign up (free or paid). Install the network thingy (it’ll do it for you). Open program. Sign in. Flip the right switch to “UK”, flip the left switch to “On”. Wait a sec, and the gadget screen will turn blue. You’re good. Then go to the BBC stream site. Load whatever you want to watch. The player will load and have a little “i>” on the left. Click that to play. If you have issues with the stream, then reload. Be patient at first.
Personally, my stream is a bit choppy. When it plays, it’s very good quality, but it’ll pause once a minute for a few seconds and then keep going. This is due to my shitty internet connection at the house, so your results will vary. If you are worried about the expense, then try the free 500mb option before paying.
Thank you to @culfinglin for the tip on Tunnel Bear! Edit: There’s no malware or adware in Tunnel Bear.
If you live in the U.S., then NBC will be your primary access to the Olympic games. Every single event will be live streamed on NBC’s website, but you mast have the NBC channels as part of your cable package (and use your log-in with that provider to log-in to the live stream). If you are going to trust the illegal streams available, just know that their quality can widely vary.
Regardless if you are going to stream from NBC or not, you can see the entire schedule of what events are on each day at the NBC live stream schedule. You can see what events will be on any given day, but you can also select a specific sport and see what day and time it is on.
THIS MEANS THAT YOU SHOULDN’T ASK WHEN A SPECIFIC EVENT IS BECAUSE IT’S READILY AVAILABLE. We’ll be posting about various events, especially weightlifting, on Facebook and Twitter. Some stories will show up on this website as well, but faster updates will be available on Twitter (the recent tweets can be seen on the left side bar). Next week will be busy (with raw nationals) so rely on the social media. There have already been some new updates that include Ryan Seacrest and Carson Daly being gigantic poons who don’t lift.
If you live in the UK, or use a VPN software, you can stream the BBC coverage of the Olympics (I think it’s free to do so). Australians and Canadians: feel free to submit local streaming choices in the comments and I’ll add them here.
Jesus, what a busy week on the site, eh? For all of you new readers, welcome. You probably came here because you thought there were gonna be hot babes or you wanted to argue with me. That’s fine. This website will entertain you (albeit poorly), but it’ll also aim to educate. Regardless of your training goals, there are gems you can glean for your mechanics, mobility, programming, nutrition, health, sleep, strength training, conditioning, powerlifting, Olympic weightlifting, and more. It won’t all come at once, because that’d be an information grenade that would make your head explode (and not necessarily the head on your shoulders).
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Every Friday we post about our training personal records (PRs) in the comments. If PRs weren’t achieved, then readers can at least update everyone on their training. Posting regularly means that other people remember you and enjoy hearing about you; it helps them stay motivated as well. Join the fun.
This is where I pose a challenge for readers to complete. Last week I actually forgot to write something and included a .gif that basically said, “Don’t suck.” Woops.
Next Week’s Challenge: Perform these foot drills every day in the next week. It should help those of you with lower extremity issues, but let’s see if it does anything else. You can do it prior to lifting and running.
Week In Review
Oh boy. The week started quietly with a post about the New England Women of Strength. Then things got interesting on the subject of treating very simple neural issues. Then things got kinda rowdy. Mark Sisson linked to the site; he runs Mark’s Daily Apple, an enjoyable website about health, nutrition, and primal living (Mark: Do you ever read fiction? My gods, man!). However, in conjunction with that I wrote a post about not needing sexy programming or equipment in training, but at the same time making a point about superficial websites that focus on selling “sexy” things, like pictures, slogans, memes, or catchy phrases instead of content with substance. The following day I pissed off a bunch of runners because I’m not impressed with completing a marathon. I’ll be honest, I only read the first half of the 80 or so comments. I get bored of the same, “Well, why don’t YOU do a marathon, tough guy,” comments over and over, which only prove my original point. I don’t enjoy people who get offended easily.
This is the one day of the week where I pick a few questions from the Facebook Fan Page, Twitter, comments, or other messages and answer them. It keeps me on my toes, and I don’t know the answer I have a lot of friends who are smarter than me that I can ask.
More of a lurker, but I’ve been following 70sbig since the beginning. After reading your marathon post today, I felt compelled to tell you how utterly awesome that was. Please write a history book describing significant battles and “athletic events worth emulating” in the same way as you have done today.
I recently bought the TM Part 1 e-book and have been debating whether or not to buy Part 2. Heading over to the 70sbig store after I send this to you to pick it up. The quality of information you put out is some of the best in the fitness community and it dawns on me that I need to do my part to support you in this so you can continue to do it for a long time.
Enough ass-kissing, just wanted to say thanks.
While I’m at it, I’ll throw out a question. I’m a pretty tall dude at 6’5 with a very short torso relative to my long femurs. Current bodyweight around 215. Current 5RM low bar squat around 315. All time best is 360×5 at 240 lbs bodyweight. However I can deadlift mid 400’s for a set of 5 (all time best 500×5 at 240 lbs). Squatting is just a very difficult movement, and anything above 225 feels slow as shit; while deadlifting feels completely natural. Is there a certain type (low, high, front, etc.) of squat a guy in my situation should focus on? Goals are general athleticism for basketball, jackedness, but would also like to hit a 400 lb squat in a powerlifting meet.
I recently dropped some excess bodyfat, so I’m back on an LP for a few weeks and then will transition to TM. I’ve read your posts about low bar vs. high bar squatting and you’ve addressed this in your Q&A before, but was just wondering if there were any special considerations/recommendations for a tall guy with long legs? Just continue driving up my low bar squat 2x/week?
Powerlifting: low bar
Weightlifting: high bar
GPP/S&C: Kinda doesn’t matter, but whichever suits goals best
Guys with your body type — long femurs and a short torso — have difficulty with the vertical style squats (high bar and front) because of the angles and lever arms. That means that you’ll have to lean over a bit more because your torso is shorter. If you have good mobility and “not as extreme” segment lengths, this may not be as much of an issue.
The reason your deadlift is so much better is because you probably have longer arms (judging by the long femurs), and this helps tremendously with the deadlift. Since your back is short, it may not round as much relative to a guy with a longer torso, and it results in a lever system that is more efficient than normal (or at least more efficient when compared to your back squat).
Without seeing your technique (which could limit you), you just need to keep plugging away at the low bar squat. Part of your issue will be filling out the musculature on the front and back of your legs, and proper squatting, deadlifting, RDLs, or other posterior chain work will do that for your hamstrings. It may be necessary to work on your anterior chain a bit in the form of front squats, but if you’re still sloppy in the movement don’t worry about this for a while. The vertical alignment will train a different motor pathway and it’s some times hard for people to go back and forth between vertical squatting and low bar squatting. This would be something I could determine if I was coaching you, or even had some video.
Continue squatting twice a week with the low bar. Your segment lengths will work best with that style for now, and you stated a powerlifting goal so it reinforces my support for the low bar. The front or high bar squat may augment your low bar (by improving the strength and musculature of your quads), but it may be a bit soon to use that. Be consistent, make sure your technique is solid, and train hard.
Paul posted this link and said, “Look where weightlifting was placed. Discuss.
Dear Paul and whoever wants to discuss,
The guy writing the article is just some editorial doofus with arguably no athletic experience. And the piece included several poor attempts at humor. Let’s ignore all that.
To really rank these, we’d have to define what we mean by “hardest”. Hardest to do that activity on any level? Hardest to excel at the highest level? Hardest to win a gold medal?
Instead, let’s just talk about what Olympic sports could be considered some of the hardest and ignore how they relate to each other. I don’t know where I’d put weightlifting, but I know that it wouldn’t be the “hardest”. The lifts are very technical, yes, but all athletic skills considered, it’s just repeating the same movements over and over. It’s been documented that there are plenty of successful lifters that are not great athletes in other sports. In fact, I think Glenn Pendlay said that in one of our podcasts; the American weightlifter is typically someone who couldn’t cut it in another sport, like football, and they found something they could flourish in (let’s ignore the fact that is specific to our country’s situation for now). Generally speaking, being able to repeat the same movements over and over doesn’t necessarily make you very athletic, though they are athletic movements (especially by a novice’s standards).
Personally, I’m more impressed with sports that are dynamic. Things like weightlifting, swimming, and sprinting are all very impressive, but true athleticism is shown through reaction to an opponent. This would include wrestling, judo, taekwondo, hockey, boxing, volleyball, basketball, soccer, fencing, and rugby. Personally, I’m more impressed with sports that require significant physical skills, perhaps a broad spectrum of them, to be successful in the sport. This would eliminate things like tennis, table tenis, handball, and fencing from “the hardest” category. Soccer and basketball seem to require a specific kind of skill set, and you can develop the physical attributes to participate purely through playing them, so they fall off of my list. Rugby and hockey aren’t relatively technical, they they are both physical. They are high on my list, but maybe not the highest. Taekwondo appears to be more skill dependent than boxing (though boxing is technical, there are only two weapons compared to, well, more than two in taekwondo). This leaves wrestling, judo, and taekwondo. To be able to react to your opponent is so significant in the realm of athleticism, and it’s something we ignore in our “online S&C communities”.
You’ll notice archery or shooting sports, while incredibly technical, did not really get mentioned. It’s not because they aren’t hard, but because they are more in that “doing a skill repeatedly without too many changing variables” group, yet they also have the, “not really exerting oneself physically, relatively speaking” tag. All kinds of things are hard, like triathlons, rowing/kayaking, curling, and golf, yet they are more hard in one kind of way than several ways.
All this being said, I think that decathlons are the hardest thing to be successful in. There is such an array of skills across a broad spectrum of physical attributes. If decathletes were more jacked, they’d probably be my favorite athletes. Oh, and gymnastics is pretty hard and has a large skill set and demand of physical capacity. However, both gymnastics and decathlons don’t have that reaction component, and I deem that as incredibly important
If I had to pick one sport that is the hardest, I would pick wrestling. There’s not too many sports that are so heavily dependent on physical capacity, technical skill, as well as the ability to react to an opponent.
What do you guys think?
Kind of limited on questions this week, but I’m sure there’ll be plenty of discussion with people still pissed off from the running post.