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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...
Powerlifter Thoughts On Strongman

I’m a Professional Powerlifter. These Are My Thoughts On Strongman

Editor's Note: This article was updated on December 5th to reflect changes made in regard to the World's Strongest Man air dates and Strongwoman on the main stage at the Arnold Classic.In the prior installments of this series, I...
Ben Pollack Pre-Workout Thoughts

Pre-Workouts: They’re Not Overhyped, But Are You?

Everyone loves a good pre-workout. There’s nothing quite like that rush you get on your way to the gym when the pre-workout kicks in, knowing you feel ready to smash some heavy weights. But like everything else, that endorphin...
Best Winter Bulking Strategies

Winter Bulking Made Easy: 3 Strategies for Big Gains

Well, it’s wintertime, and that means it’s time to put the tees and tanks away, pull out the winter coats and heavy sweatpants, and start thinking about the holidays. It’s also time to start making gains! There’s no better...
Strongman Dumbbell Press

Four Surefire Ways to Derail Your Strongman Season

Most people who stay in this sport for more than one year are often hyper-competitive and dream of winning a pro card one day. While this will actually come true for a select few, the odds are stacked against...
How to Use Resistance Bands and Chains for Accessories

The Benefits of Using Resistance Bands and Chains for Accessory Exercises

Ever found yourself halfway through a set of lat pulldowns after some hard benching or deadlifting wondering something along the lines of, "Why the hell am I doing this?" You’re not alone. Oftentimes, powerlifters think of assistance work as...
Cold Water Submersion Benefits

5 Big Changes After 30 Days Of Cold Water Immersion

As longevity seems to be one of this year’s hot topics, it comes to no surprise that cold water immersion ranks pretty high on the list. Although this practice has been around for centuries, its popularity has increased significantly...
Log Viper Press

The Underutilized Strongman Movement: Log Viper Press

When the average Joes and Janes think of strongman competitions there are events that always jump to mind, “Oh, it’s the competition where guys and gals flip cars, pull trucks, lift rocks, and press logs.” Yes, these are all staples of...
Hip Thrust Lifting Mistake

The Hip Thrust Mistake Everyone Keeps Making

Last week, I posted a video of some hip thrusts on Instagram. As you can see, even with the awesome machine from Sorinex, they weren’t easy! I struggled with just 80 kilos:https://www.instagram.com/p/BpXDk0snain/If you scroll through the comments on that...
Powerlifting Safety and Kid Programs

Is Powerlifting Safe for Kids?

Editor’s note: This article is an op-ed. The views expressed herein and in the video are the author’s and don’t necessarily reflect the views of BarBend. Claims, assertions, opinions, and quotes have been sourced exclusively by the author.Powerlifting is...

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How to Watch the 2017 IPF Open World Championships

The International Powerlifting Federation’s Open World Championships is one of the biggest highlights of the year for any powerlifting fan, and thanks to the...

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