Syatt Fitness: The Week In Review (6/8/2014)


That’s me alongside world renowned Olympic Weightlifter and master of all things strength, Dmitry Klokov.

In case you can’t tell from the picture, I was giddier than the giddiest of school girls.

Beginning a tour around the U.S., Klokov stopped by our facility to do what he does best: lift things up and put them down. 

Arguably the world’s best lifter, watching Klokov train was an extraordinary experience. The way he treated each and every repetition with such focus and clarity was remarkable. It was as though every single rep was a training session in and of itself. Rarely did he perform doubles or triples; instead he stuck to single-repetition sets and made sure each and every one was absolutely perfect.

An important lesson and reminder for all of us…never underestimate the importance of proper form. Of course it’s tempting to stack more weight on the bar while sacrificing technique, but if maintaining perfect form is essential for the top lifters in the world…it’s essential for us too. 

With that said, I’m off to hang out and enjoy the glorious weather with my buddy, Steve, from AMP Fitness.

I hope you have a fantastic day and enjoy this installment of The Week in Review!


Articles By Jordan

Exercise Video of the Week: The Sumo Deadlift

Live in the Now: Acknowledging the Present Moment


Daily Strength Lesson’s

Monday’s Strength Lesson: If I had to warm-up *extremely fast* and could only chose 1 single exercise to get the job done…I’d choose the Turkish Get-Up.

Arguably the single-best warm-up drill for improving stability and mobility in all planes of motion, the Turkish Get-Up is one of my personal favorite drills to use prior to any training session.

Short for time?

Perform 3-5 repetitions per side with light-to-moderate weight for a quick and efficient warm-up.


Tuesday’s Strength Lesson: Knee’s buggin’ you and aren’t sure how to train around the pain? Stick to hip-dominant exercises that require minimal bending of the knee and/or drills that largely focus on glute & hamstring development without creating undue stress.


To name a few:

The Conventional Deadlift

The Suitcase Deadlift

The Glute-Ham Raise

The Stop & Go Goodmorning


Wednesday’s Strength Lesson: Time to pony up and get your short-shorts & headbands on because today is Sample Workout Wednesday!

Today’s lower body workout is specifically designed for those among us with nagging knee pain. As mentioned in yesterday’s Strength Lesson, these exercises may allow you to get a training effect without creating undue stress to the knee.* Don’t take it lightly, though, because this workout is far from easy and, performed correctly, will blow your glutes & hamstrings up!

1) Conventional Rack Pull (from Pin 1): 3 x 4

2) Barbell Hip Thrust w/ 3sec Pause at Top: 3 x 8

3a) Single-Leg RDL: 3 x 10/leg
3b) Reverse Crunch: 3 x 10
3c) HEAVY KB Swing: 3 x 10


Perform exercises 3a-3c in sequential order. 1-2 minutes rest in between rounds is sufficient.

*If you have ANY [knee] pain while performing these exercises STOP immediately and switch to a drill that you can do pain-free.


Thursday’s Strength Lesson: The Step-Up is one of my all-time favorite drills for improving strength, performance, physique enhancement (builds tha booty!), injury prevention, and…well…pretty much everything in between.
Unfortunately, most people royally screw it up.

Whether it’s because they’re pushing too hard off the back leg, neglecting the eccentric component, allowing excessive knee collapse, or any other of the many possibilities, it’s a surprisingly challenging exercise.

To better understand the Step-Up and get the most out of this drill, take a gander at my brief instructional video


Friday’s Strength Lesson:Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.

Recommended Reading

  1. Workout Nutrition Illustrated via Precision Nutrition
  2. Does Stretching Actually Change Muscle Length? via Chris Beardsley
  3. The Best Life & Training Advice I Recieved From a Homeless Man via Rog Law
  4. This is Why You Should Strength Train via Stacey Veronica Schaedler
  5. Should You Wear Olympic Lifting Shoes? via Eric Cressey
  6. Exercise Video of the Week: The Sumo Deadlift via Syatt Fitness
  7. The Truth About Fitness via Jonathan Fass
  8. Best Exercise in Ever: The Front Plank via Dean Somerset
  9. Dear White Potato, I am Sorry! via Spencer Nadolsky
  10. Old School Strength via Tony Gentilcore
  11. 8 of The Smartest People In The Fitness Industry Share Their Healthy Travel Tips via Will Owen
  12. Live in the Now: Acknowledging the Present Moment via Syatt Fitness
  13. Quick and Easy Ways to Feel and Move Better via Eric Cressey
  14. Quit Worrying About Your Testosterone via Spencer Nadolsky
  15. Checklist for Determining and Correcting Movement Dysfunction via Dean Somerset

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