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The Most Important Strongman Event…Ever?

Something unbelievable is happening, and in one way or another you need to be a part of it. December 15 - 17 are the crucial dates for the future of strongman. The Dorton Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina will...

Unplug from Technology in the Gym for Bigger Lifts

As a science geek and man who loves data driven solutions, I am always looking for the next great piece of technology to help my lifters take their weights to the next level. If there is a piece of...

4 Essential Exercises for a Stronger Neck

Editor’s note: The content on BarBend is meant to be informative in nature, but it should not be taken as medical advice. The opinions and articles on this site are not intended for use as diagnosis, prevention, and/or treatment of...

Could Weight Distribution Be the Reason You’re Missing Olympic Lifts?

Weightlifting technique is built off of cause and effect principles. Very simply put, when you push down, things move up. You push forwards, things move backwards. Unfortunately, we lose sight of basic physiological and biomechanical principles and become married...

Are the Somatotypes Ectomorph, Mesomorph, and Endomorph Relevant In Training?

Most athletes have heard about the three different somatotypes used to classify different body types. These include the terms ectomorph, mesomorph, and endormorph. Each somatotype ropes everyone into these three categories based on their bone structure, joint ratios, and...

How This Strongman Became a Wife Carrying Champion

In 2016, New England strongman Elliot Storey and his wife Giana became the North American champions in the unusual sport of wife carrying, a race that's part obstacle course, part strongman, and part bonding exercise. In 2017, he returned...

When (and Why) You Should Slow Down the Olympic Lifts

Come on, SLOW DOWN! Take your time getting into your key positions of each exercise, hold it, THEN you can move fast and aggressively! This is opposed to a dip and an immediate change of direction back up when...

Is Lifting Weights Hurting Your Teeth?

Editor's Note: The advice below is not one-size-fits-all. If you are experiencing tooth pain — stemming from exercise or other reasons — please consult your dental professional. When it comes to cavities and holes in your teeth, there are the...

Using Strongman to Build Mass: A 4-Week Hypertrophy Program

A love of the iron is often accompanied by a desire to increase the muscle mass on one’s frame. Ask most new trainees and eye popping muscles are one of the things that attracts them to the weight room....

5 Lessons I’ve Learned and Used to Build My Dream Gym

I created Lift Lab Co a little over three years ago. This is the second gym I've owned, and prior to that I was teaching and coaching at Purdue University. Before that, I was in coaching purgatory—a globo-gym where...

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Strength Through Instability: Boost Control and Stability with These 3 Moves

When it comes to training, you have to walk a fine line. Delicately balancing the big and exciting, with the boring yet necessary. Go...

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