Sometimes you gotta grab onto something heavy and just pull - make sure your core is the strong link!
Nothing too detailed here, just a healthy reminder to:
a.) Create tremendous intra-abdominal pressure when you lift. This is the appropriate breath hold in combo with the tightening of inner and outer unit musculature to create optimal torso rigidity. In short: hold your lungs at 75% capacity, fight your abdominals out like a sneeze, and GO! (Please make sure you get a yearly physical). I teach this concept with all the teams and groups I work with and go into extreme detail during 1on1 sessions. I apologize for cursing over it today - keep checking in and I'll continue to drop some nuggets as '11 rears on!
b.) Remember "functional training" is only that, if it empowers you to do something that you want to do. Keep on with your deadlifts, cleans, thrusters, zercher squats, 1-arm alternating kettlebell split snatches, etc. There is a time for focused skill and strength gains in one area and a time to expand your ability to harness generalized motor programs that keep you strong and athletic for the real world. To truly master both - realize that all training is functional in the long run. More on my thoughts on this in the future.