All Articles & Reviews by
Yael Grauer




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Yael Grauer is a freelance writer and BJJ practitioner living in the Midwest. She writes regularly for the Performance Menu and MMA HQ.

You'll also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Google+.

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Double Kettlebell Workouts: For the Best of Both Worlds

An interview with Strength Coach Troy Anderson.

An interview with Strength Coach Troy Anderson.


Primero BJJ

Which would you choose? Would you rather train at a gym with world class instructors even if it had a bad vibe? Or would you rather train in a gym with instruction that's less-than-stellar, but where you felt right at home?


How to Get Your Gym on the Map

Want more clients for your fitness business?

Claim your business listing.
It's always nice to get web traffic. Regularly updating your gym's website with useful content, kick-ass videos and a smattering of photos will often attract readers from around the world. But how do you gain traction on that by actually getting new clients to descend upon your doorstep?


How to Add 20+ Pounds to your Deadlift

Twenty minutes with Henkin.

Josh Henkin.
It was a sunny day in Phoenix, and I was lucky enough to spend the morning working out with Josh Henkin. Best known for implementing sandbags and sandpacks into training, Henkin has always been quick to tell me that he's not married to any one particular methodology. Sure, sandbags, the TRX system, bands, etc. can be very helpful tools, but only when used appropriately to solve specific problems rather than trying to squeeze clients into a pre-existing ideology.


Five Exercises To Build Grip Strength for Jiu Jitsu

Forearms not pulling their weight? Here's how to fix that.

Royce Gracie Demonstrating. Photo by superwebdeveloper.
The first time I competed in a jiu jitsu tournament, I managed to get a collar choke sunk in and held onto it for dear life. Although I won my first match due to an advantage point I received from the unsuccessful submission attempt, my forearms were pretty much shot for quite a while. Don't let this happen to you!


10 Questions With Greg Everett

Incredible guy.

Greg Everett.
Greg Everett wears many hats. He's the owner and program director of Catalyst Athletics, a gym in Sunnyvale, California. He is the editor-in-chief of the Performance Menu: Journal of Health and Athletic Excellence. And he's the author of what's been called 'the best book available on Olympic weightlifting', Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide for Athletes & Coaches.


Gym Marketing Lessons From Your Favorite Sex Shop

Learning what works from a somewhat unlikely source.

Whether you're a gym owner, a male fitness fanatic wanting to lift weights with your girlfriend, or a fit woman trying to find other ladies to work out with, you might find yourself wondering why are there so few women in the gym. Is it possible that the gym you own or work out at is as repelling to women as the seedy sex shop they wouldn't be caught dead in? And if so, what can you do to turn this around? What marketing strategies can you learn from the non-creepy sex shops that are always, always crowded?



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