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Barbell Curl Exercise Guide
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Barbell Curl Exercise Guide

Arm training, specifically biceps training, may find itself taking a backseat to main movements like squats, presses, and pulls (rightfully so). That said, the barbell curl and other bicep specific movements can and

What's a Cossack Squat?
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Cossack Squat Exercise Guide

While many lifters today squat, front squat, lunge, and deadlift, we often find our training plans focusing on one singular plane of movement, often neglecting the other Cardinal planes and join actions. In

Plank Exercise Guide
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Plank Exercise Guide – Bodyweight and Weighted Plank

The plank is a foundational core strengthening exercise that can be done using bodyweight or weighted variations. This movement has a wide array of variations and alternatives to challenge strength, power, and fitness

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Sit-Up Exercise Guide

Sit-ups are one of the most popular ab/core exercises out there, and have been so across strength, power, fitness, and sports training for some time. Many coaches and lifters look at sit-ups as

Pull-Up Exercise Guide
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Pull-Up Exercise Guide

Back training is key for strength, power, and fitness athletes. Increased back strength and muscle hypertrophy can boost deadlifting, squatting, and overall strength performance. In this pull-up exercise guide, we will cover: Pull-Up

Shrugs Exercise Guide
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Shrugs Exercise Guide

Large, powerful traps are often a sign of a serious lifter. The traps, which span across the upper backs of most powerlifters, weightlifters, fitness athletes, and bodybuilders play a crucial role in deadlifting,

Chin-Up Guide
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Chin Up Exercise Guide

When it comes to building a serious set of arms (and a monstrous back), few exercises can offer the strength and muscle hypertrophy stimulus as the chin up. The chin up, in addition

Bicep Training Hammer Curl Exercise Guide
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Hammer Curls Exercise Guide

Arm training, specifically bicep exercises, can be a valuable accessory exercise for strength, power, and fitness athletes. Movements such as hammer curls, barbell curls, and chin ups can offer strength coaches/athletes increases in

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Dumbbell Flye Exercise Guide

Chest training is key for strength athletes (powerlifters, strongman athletes, sports athletes, and even weightlifters) for competitive movements and overall upper body strength potentials. Exercises like the bench press, dumbbell press, dip, and

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Decline Bench Press Exercise Guide

The decline bench press is a pressing exercise that may or may not find its way into your training routine. Bench press variations like the flat and incline bench press both are highly

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