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I’m a Professional Powerlifter. This Is What I Think About Weightlifting

Last month, we saw the last lifts of an historic weekend in the history of American weightlifting. The Weightlifting World Championships in Anaheim were marked by incredible performances by Team USA – but none more noticeable than that of...

Dear Lifting Community: It’s Time to Lay Off the New Year’s Resolution Crowd

January 1st, a time for fresh starts and promises of a great new year. This date serves as a pivotal point for anyone who likes a squeaky clean date with a nice big "1" attached to it to start...

Powerlifting Grandma Hopes to Secure 300 Pound Deadlift By May

When Shirley Webb walked into the gym for the first time, a little over three years ago, she was scared, intimidated, and wouldn’t have gone if it wasn’t for her then 16-year-old granddaughter, Dorian. At the time, the now 80-year-old...

Under the Weather? Consider These Tips Before Hitting the Gym

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and when friends come calling… they’re probably sick. Seriously, it’s like an epidemic: April showers might bring May flowers, but you can count on cold November breezes bringing sneezes and diseases. https://www.instagram.com/p/BdF80f-HP4l/ Honestly,...

5 Predictions for Strongman in 2018

Can I see into the future? Kinda. I made several predictions for the 2017 strongman season in this article, and I am fairly happy with the results. The major miss was Shaw taking his fifth World’s Strongest Man title, with...

Should Weightlifters Do Hang Movements from Above or Below the Knee?

The hang position has many benefits for improving efficiency in the snatch and clean & jerk, such as more time under tension, increased back strength, and better awareness throughout the lifts. There are many variations of the hang, which...

The Two Pieces of Equipment Every Powerlifter Needs in the Gym

It’s December, and that means it’s the season for…gearing up for next season. I’m a raw lifter, but I love new training equipment, and I’m often really surprised by the number of people who either (A) don’t even have...

Why Every CrossFit® Gym Needs a Cable Crossover Machine

A piece of equipment usually reserved for the $10/month gym, the cable crossover machine has a spot in any functional fitness setting. The ability to focus in on strengthening individual muscle groups and improve the range in which you...

My Favorite Books for Strength Athletes in 2017

In the digital age we have an endless amount of media with endless ways to consume it. As a producer of some of that content, I thank you all for reading and sharing my work that is a speck...

When to Use Straps in Powerlifting and Strongman

All strength sports have their own little quirks; powerlifting has sumo deadlifts, CrossFit has kipping, and strongman, well, strongman kind of has a few that irk others. But it isn’t the hitching or the continental cleans that seem to...

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Camille LeBlanc-Bazinet Describes The Insane Pressure of the Reebok CrossFit® Games

A new documentary has landed on the CrossFit® YouTube channel, and while it's entitled 17.03: Birds of Prey, there's not much talk of this year's...

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