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The Top 5 Men’s Strongman Performances of CrossFit Workout “Grace”

One of my absolute favorite things about the CrossFit Games format is the Wild Card spaces, which though aren’t technically new are now a lot more official. These spots are to be reserved for any non-CrossFitter who not only...

11 Things I Would Tell My Younger Self (About Lifting)

There’s a point in one’s training career where they realize they cannot push forth the same way they have for the previous decades. Maybe it’s feeling run down, life/work family changes, or even an injury. Whatever the case, all...
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7 Downsides of Being Crazy Lean

Sure, a strong deadlift is cool but you know what’s really cool? Six. Pack. Abs. Or eight-pack abs. Just getting super, stupid, crazy lean, bro, that’s what it’s all about.We’re being sarcastic here but man, are there a lot...
How to Use Ultra High Rep Sets for Strength

How Ultra High Rep (25+) Sets Can Improve Your Strength and Size

One of my favorite bodybuilding strategies involves ultra-high reps for growth: sets of 25, 50, or even 100. I love a challenge, and these ultra-high-rep sets require pushing yourself to the limit, even when using a really light weight....
Lessons Learned From No Barbell Training

5 Things I Learned From 8 Weeks of Ditching the Barbell

I'm going to open up this article by letting everyone know that I'm not proactively saying ditch the barbell, or claiming one style training is always better than the other. That's not at all the purpose of this piece,...

Eliminate Shoulder Discomfort In Seconds With This Squatting Tip

Shoulder pain is a common complaint among powerlifters, and for good reason: the shoulder joint is enormously complex, and it’s placed under a lot of stress during bench presses, low-bar squats, and even on deadlifts (to a lesser extent).Since...
Ben Pollack Discusses Ideal Powerlifting Bodyfat

The Ideal Bodyfat Percentage for Powerlifting

If you read my last article, you know that the Pioneer Tribute meet didn’t go all that well for me. And you know that I believe it didn’t go well because I tried to diet too hard, got too...
Beltless Deadlift Training

Beltless Deadlifts: Their Benefits and How to Use Them

The question of beltless training, specifically for the deadlift, is a pretty great topic in strength training. Everyone has an idea that beltless deadlift training can be beneficial for their gains, whether it be from a muscular or strength...
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6 Reasons You Suck at Powerlifting Meets

You did it: you took the journey and brought your friends and family along – you competed in a powerlifting meet. Leading up to it, you posted training video after training video on social media, snapped picture after picture...

Which Events Should Strongman Athletes Train the Most?

As far as sports go strongman is hard going. It’s fun, don’t get me wrong, but that doesn’t make it any less tough. If you need any proof just think about the Husafell stone for a moment, an implement...

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7 Reasons You’re Not Getting Stronger (and How to Fix Them)

How often do you feel like your progress is slowing, or should be moving faster than it is? In a majority of the cases,...

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