Monday, February 20, 2017

Op-Ed

Why Weightlifters Need Confidence (and How to Build It)

Olympic weightlifting is about all about technique, acceleration, strength, technique, confidence, positional strength, mobility, and technique. While it may sound redundant to say technique is critical to weightlifting, it cannot be stressed enough. That said, confidence in one’s own...

Benefits of Bodyweight Training: Why YOU Should Try Calisthenics

If your usual training regimen involves lifting barbells stacked on either end with heavy iron plates, things like push-ups, pull-ups, dips, and handstands may seem like mere child’s play. In the age of the all-important question, “Do you even...

Why Doubles and Triples Can Increase Your Weightlifting Maxes

Increasing your 1-rep max in the snatch and clean and jerk is an arduous process, often exchanging mere kilos on the bar for countless hours, weeks, and months of continuous training. The trials and tribulations that weightlifters (as well...

5 Ways to Find Your Motivation for Fitness Again

Throughout certain parts of an annual training cycle, coaches and athletes need to strike balance between highly structured programming (pre-competition and competition cycles) and more unstructured fitness fun. Following intense competition seasons, after long layoffs from training (vacations, personal...

Why Every Athlete Should Do More Beltless Squat Training

In an earlier article we discussed the benefits of using a weightlifting belt during training and competition, which naturally paved the way for belt vs. beltless debate among many strength and power athletes. While belts are highly beneficial (and recommended) during...

I Tried Jason Khalipa’s EMOM of the Day. Here’s What I Learned

Full disclosure: I love Jason Khalipa. #mancrush I mean, who doesn’t? In my opinion, Jason’s the “OG” of CrossFit. He was crowned champion  at the CrossFit Games in 2008 and has been a staple at the top of the Games...

Throwback to When Arnold Schwarzenegger Worked at Gold’s Gym

The Arnold Classic is roughly three weeks away. This year the festivities are kicking off March 2-5th in Columbus, Ohio (similar to previous years). The Arnold is one of the biggest strength expos of the year, and is a...

3 Back Exercises Every Weightlifter Should Be Doing Weekly

Before you start skimming the article to find three new, trendy, and “magical” back exercises, stop real quick and ask yourself one honest question… “Do I do strict pull ups, bent over rows, and back extensions, each at least once...

College Versus High School: Where Should Weightlifting Athletes Start?

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

Which Event Really Finds the World’s Top Strongman?

“A monopoly is the antithesis of a marketplace of ideas.” When famed American economist Thomas Sowell declared the above, I sincerely doubt that he was talking about strongman. That doesn’t stop it being incredibly relevant to our dear sport though....

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Squatting strength and performance is arguably one of the most vital attributes for strength, power, and functional fitness athletes. Often, athletes may find themselves...

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