When it comes to powerlifting, the squat, bench, and deadlift are king — but if that’s all you do in the gym, there’s a good chance you’ll end up either burnt out or
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By now, I’ve written a lot about assistance exercises for powerlifting — including the importance of not overdoing them. In case you don’t have time to watch the video, it basically comes down
It’s an off day from the gym for me today, and on off days, I get a little stir-crazy. You can probably tell from some of the other articles I’ve written about how
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One of the biggest mistakes I see in the gym: powerlifters focusing way, way, way too much on their assistance work. If you are a powerlifter, then the vast majority of your training
As a pretty seasoned lifter, I’ve had my fair share of injuries — it’s just the nature of the sport. In fact, I get more questions about injury rehab than any other topic.
I’ve been lifting for a long time. I began competing in powerlifting in 2012, but I’ve been a gym rat since high school. I’m 31 now, so you can do the math! When
Typically when I watch people squat, I see one of two errors: They don’t brace properly. They fall forward in the hole (hips shoot up before shoulders). Now, oftentimes, the first problem causes
How many times have you gotten towards the middle or end of a long training cycle, only to realize that you’re feeling tired, achy, and frustrated by slowing progress? And — assuming you
Ahh, conditioning. Say “cardio” and powerlifters run and hide, but conditioning is different. Conditioning is hardcore, it builds strength, fries body fat, and is pretty much the most athletic thing you can do