Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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Unbroken Designs 4″ Blue Stealth Lifting Belt Review

Unbroken Designs was founded by functional fitness athletes. They offer a variety of lifting equipment that caters to both the functional and dedicated strength athlete. But what they may be most known for are their unique designs and prints. I love having a...

Murph In Space: How This Astronaut Does CrossFit Workouts In Orbit

If you want to be an astronaut, you don't just need a science background and a thousand hours of pilot time in a jet aircraft—you need to train legs. BarBend was lucky enough to sit down with U.S. Air Force...

New CrossFit Games Site Makes Following Athletes Easier Than Ever

The CrossFit Games began in 2007 and have since grown into a worldwide competition. The Games are approaching their tenth year, and it only seems fitting The CrossFit Games website receives a new look and feel. Their newly designed interface makes it...

Increase Your Bench Press Power with this Upper Body PAP

A strong press is dictated by how much weight you can move. Although, a powerful press is indicative by how fast you can move that weight. Strength and power go hand-in-hand, which is why I love post-activation potentiation (PAP) and complex...

3 Exercises for a Stronger Psoas

If you want big lifts, the little things count. Mobility, myofascial release, sleep quality, accessory exercises… OK, none of those things are little, but they tend to be treated as such. When it comes to hip flexors, a lot of us...

How Long Should You Rest Between Sets? What the Science Suggests

It's generally understood that rest time is dependent on type of exercise, training goal, and rep scheme. For example, heavier multi-joint exercises with low-reps receive longer rest, while lighter single-joint movements receive less rest. This is usually common knowledge among lifters,...

The Jump Squat: How, When, and Why Weightlifters Should Include Them In Training

The jump squat can offer performance enhancing benefits, many of which are specific to weightlifting, functional fitness, and formal athletics (running, sprinting, sports, etc). In previous articles, I covered the basics of plyometric training and their applications to force development,...

The Glute Ham Raise: Your Key to Stronger Hamstrings

There's a common denominator between strong deadlifts, squats, Olympic lifts, sprint speed, jumping, and athletic performance. This denominator is strong hamstrings. The hamstrings are composed of three major muscles and these are the semimebranosous (SM), semitendinosus (ST), and biceps femoris (BF)....

2 Simple Ways to Test If Your Hamstrings Are Weak

Hamstrings are the neglected stepchildren of the well-built body. It's usually true that strength athletes are a step above the gym bros who only hone their trophy muscles, and serious lifters know the importance of building strong legs, a heavy deadlift, and...

What to Expect When Taking The CSCS (and How to Prep)

The Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification is considered by myself and many others to be one of the highest strength certs someone can receive. This certification is administered through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Many colleges and professional...

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165 lb Powerlifter Sharif El-Kady Deadlifts 765 lbs

In the last two months we've seen some seriously strong pound for pound deadlifts, like Cailer Woolam pulling a 900 lb deadlift at 198 lbs, and...

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