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Author / Cali Hinzman

Be honest. Don't you sometimes miss those old school days where you would roll up to Average Joe's Gym, say hi the other regulars, put the earbuds in, and then proceed with your warm up which was the standard 135lb bench for max reps.  I think back with nostalgia on those experiences.  There was always some legit people-watching to be had and certainly, even more justifiable silent judging.  One thing that really stands out amid the memories of sweaty pec decks and gallon jugs of green preworkout was the diversity of movements that could be witnessed at any given time.  It really varied from gym to gym, region to region, or was limited to equipment accessibility, but regardless- I was always amazed and a little inspired by some of the crazy shit that we animals would perform as part of our endless quest for fitness.

One thing we have in common with the hardbodies and gym rats of our past is desire to improve, only our success is measured in wins and losses, not bodyfat percentage and muscle definition.  We are Performance Whores.  It's a phrase we use a lot at PAHQ.  We'll do just about anything provided it translates to a win.  *Apologies to any actual whores.  We know and can prove the effectiveness of a lot of the movements and loads that enable accelerated adaptation and because of that  It seems a bit like we've gotten away from including new or different exercises into our training.  There is certainly an excellent argument for why we stick with our proven training tools.  But is it possible that there's still more out there and that training in a "box" has caused us to think in a box as well?

Here are three highly effective exercises you're likely not doing but absolutely should.  And I'm not talking about banded kettle bell squats on a smith machine.  These are classics and chances are you're not doing them, are doing them incorrectly, or, maybe you're doing them correctly but you have no idea why.

Wallpaper - Chuck Norris & Lou Ferrigno

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Cali Hinzman

A strength and conditioning coach since 2009, Cali has worked with numerous athletes spanning from rugby players to cross country skiers. Almost immediately after finding CrossFit in 2010, she was introduced to a program that better suited her athletic goals. With her existing background in powerlifting and football, she became a natural devotee to CFFB/PowerAthlete and testament to it's effectiveness. In 2012, she left D.C. and headed for the state named after her to be a part of the CrossFit Football Seminar Staff and a Jedi of Power Athlete HQ. Cali currently resides in Seattle where she works full time in law enforcement.


  1. Jim Galon on April 7, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Links not working for anyone else by chance?

  2. Luke Summers on April 7, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    @JimGee, Links should be updated… can you confirm?

  3. Ingo B on April 7, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    That bar Chuck Norris is holding? Used to be straight.

  4. Nick Burton on April 7, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    None of the Vimeo links worked for me, but the Youtube link did.

    I also want to give an anecdote for neck training. I had a pretty serious accident yesterday involving major trauma to my head and neck. If it wasn’t for the fact that I’ve done a lot of dedicated neck training over the years, I’d probably still be in the hospital right now; instead my neck is a little sore and I have a mild concussion.

  5. Denny K on April 7, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Good one Ingo…and look how small Lou Ferrigno looks standing next to him 🙂

  6. Mark Lyons on April 8, 2014 at 8:48 am

    “*Apologies to any actual whore” – pure gold!

  7. Steve (a.k.a. Booty) Platek on April 11, 2014 at 6:46 am

    this is great stuff; I’ve even taught (read as Brainwashed) my 3 year old that we don’t run in our house, we sprint. Running is for weak people and he wants to be strong like Daddy (read as someone who’s actually strong!)

    @INGOB – you’re hilarious dude. when you’re on the east coast we gotta hang!

  8. Kris on April 26, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    I always focus on improvement with each workout, but it’s really the first time I’ve heard the word “performance whore”. Classic! I may be using that word now from time to time.

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