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Ben Pollack Core Training

3 Ab Exercises That Will Actually Help Your Lifts

Abs are probably the favorite and the most controversial muscle group of them all, regardless of whether you’re training for aesthetics or strength. Makes sense: not only are they the centerpiece of a phenomenal physique, but they’re also part...
Ben Pollack 3 Quick Workout Modifications

3 Ways to Modify Lifts When You’re Having a Bad Workout

We’ve all had those days: the ones where you walk into the gym and you’re just not feeling it. Whether you’re feeling under the weather, you’ve had a hectic day, or you’re just plain worn out, it’s sometimes really...
7 Things to Ask Before Your Next Powerlifting Meet

7 Things Every Powerlifter Should Ask Themselves Before Their Next Meet

A 10-second Google search can find about ten million pre-meet checklists. It’s really simple to make a list of food and equipment you might need on the big day. But the actual meet is only one day in what’s...
soccer olympic weightlifting

Op-Ed: Why Soccer Players Need Olympic Weightlifting

With the soccer World Cup in full swing, you can’t help but be impressed by the athleticism that the world’s best soccer players possess.They are the human equivalent of Formula One race cars with an uncanny ability to accelerate,...
Ben Pollack's Tips for Training Intensity

3 Simple and Effective Methods to Increase Workout Intensity

Most of the time, when I write about programming, I’m trying to argue that less is more. I really believe that optimal training involves balancing work and recovery, and that many lifters underestimate their recovery resources.But sometimes, you don’t...
Steve Cotter KB Clean and Jerk

Is the Kettlebell Clean & Jerk the Ultimate Cross-Training Tool for Athletes?

As an athlete, you are looking for an edge. You want to be as fast, strong, powerful, mobile, and durable as you can while staying healthy.At the same time, since you are an athlete and the name of your...
Thor Bjornsson

Who Can Beat Eddie Hall’s 500kg Deadlift Record? (A Short List)

“Doctors and scientists said breaking the four-minute mile was impossible, that one would die in the attempt. Thus, when I got up from the track after collapsing at the finish line, I figured I was dead.” These are the...
Ben Pollack Improving Powerlifting Strategies

Slow Life Down for Bigger and Stronger Gains In the Gym

Modern life is fast-paced. It sometimes seems like a constant rush to do more, faster, and better, no matter whether you’re at work or in the gym! But oftentimes going slower is the smarter strategy, especially if you’re interested...
Strength Loss Results After Running Marathon

Here’s What Happened to My Strength After Running a Marathon

In honor of finishing my second marathon recently as a powerlifter, I thought it would be interesting to jump into the conversation of how cardio affects our strength. The first thing you’re probably wondering is: “Why would you run...
Dr. Jordan Feigenbaum Advice On Feet Rotating In Squat

Feet Rotating In the Squat: What Does It Mean?

Have you ever been squatting and noticed yours or another athlete's foot turning out (physically externally rotating) under them? The toes angled out in a squat is relatively normal when it comes to an athlete's squat mechanics, but what...

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Anderson Squat – How It Benefits Your Training

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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