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Cutting for a Meet? Keep These 7 Nutrition Tips in Mind

Whether you’re a powerlifter or an Olympic weightlifter, if you compete at any level there’s a good chance you’re familiar with the fabled pre-meet cut.The cycle is like clockwork: spend a few months (or perhaps most of the year)...
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7 Micronutrients That Are Important for Athletes

If you’re looking to build muscle, you probably already know you need to eat a lot of calories. There’s a good chance you’ve got your hypertrophy program figured out, if you’ve really done your diligence you’ve worked out your...
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Powerlifter Amanda Lawrence Squats 570 lbs, Discusses #Roadto600

If you read this title and thought to yourself, "Wait, didn't I just read an article covering Amanda Lawrence and one of her strong lifts," then we'd have to answer yes, yes you did, and you're not wrong in...

The Actual Pros and Cons of the Paleo Diet

One of the hottest and diets around and one that's especially popular among functional fitness athletes, the Paleo diet — sometimes called the Paleolithic or Caveman diet — focuses on nutrient-dense foods and tends to be higher in fat...
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Low Impact, HIIT 15-Minute Kettlebell Circuit

There are more awesome things about kettlebells than I can list in the fifteen minutes it will take for a lifter to perform this low impact, high intensity interval training circuit. Suffice it to say, for now, that whether...
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Why Jack LaLanne Is One of the Most Influential Athletes of All Time

Speaking to reporters in the late 1990s, a then vibrant eighty-three-year-old Jack LaLanne told his bemused audience, ‘I can’t afford to die, it’d ruin my image.’(1)Earlier that morning, LaLanne had engaged in his daily exercise regimen of swimming and...
Annie Thorisdottir Withdraws From Dubai CrossFit Championship

Annie Thorisdottir Withdraws From Dubai CrossFit Championship, More Workouts Announced

Yesterday, elite CrossFit athlete Annie Thorrisdottir announced that she'd be withdrawing from the Dubai CrossFit Championship. This news comes only four days after we covered the first workout for the Championship, which was also the first official workout for...

25 Days of Gifting: Reebok CrossFit Nano 8 Flexweave Giveaway

The sixth giveaway in BarBend's 25 Days of Lifting…Gifting campaign is everyone's favorite...shoes! For this giveaway, we've teamed up with Reebok to provide one lucky winner with a pair of Reebok CrossFit Nano 8 Flexweaves. These shoes are perfect for the both the...
Reasons for Weak Deadlift Lockout

The Real Reason Your Deadlift Lockout Is Weak, and How to Fix It

If you have missed a deadlift near lockout, then you probably have been told that you need to do more block/rack pulls. In theory, it makes sense right? If the top end of the lift is weak, train it...
BarBend Kettlebell Kings Giveaway

25 Days of Gifting: Kettlebell Kings Giveaway

We're three days into our 25 Days of Lifting…Gifting campaign and we're just heating up. For today's giveaway, we've teamed up with Kettlebell Kings. One lucky winner will be walking away with a Kettlebell King's 24kg Powder Coat Kettlebell, which has a retail...


Front Lateral Raises: Muscles Worked, Exercise Demo, and Benefits

In earlier articles we discussed the lateral shoulder raise and all it has to offer to athletes than just size and increased muscle (which...

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