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Steve Reeves Training Lessons

3 Training Rules Taken From Bodybuilding Legend “Hercules”

Arnold may be the GOAT, but you don’t have to look far down the list of bodybuilding legends before you get to Steve Reeves. Reeves not only won the 1947 Mr. America contest — at the time, the world’s...
Strongman Athletes

Pain, Grit, and Power: The Strongest Americans You Don’t Know

One year ago, Sean Demarinis was facing a very hard time walking, let alone carrying a 900 lb yoke. During the last event of America’s Strongest Man 2017, he had suffered a potentially career-ending injury, while attempting to load...

How Timed Holds Can Improve Your Squat, Bench, and Deadlift

Back in the 1960s, the iron game world was a lot smaller than it is today. Now, we’re nearly overwhelmed by choices — what websites to read, which barbell is best, what shoes to wear, and dozens or hundreds...
Powerlifting Meet Prep Pitfalls and Solutions

3 Powerlifting Meet Prep Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

As soon as you start to get serious about powerlifting, things change. Maybe you start to pay a little more attention to your training program, and then you decide to set some ambitious goals — say, deadlifting 600 pounds...
Partial Stiff Leg Deadlift for Strength and Size

Glutes Failing At Lockout? Try Partial Stiff Leg Deadlifts

One of the most common deadlift problems I see — in both beginners and advanced lifters alike — is lazy glutes. Ever seen the guy in the gym who blasts the bar off the floor on a heavy deadlift...
Grip and Back Muscles

The Surprising Benefits of Using a Towel for Grip Training

Believe it or not, you have a tool that can strengthen your grip sitting in your room, and you probably use it for everything but grip training every single day. What's this magic exercise implement? A towel. One of...
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....
Powerlifting deadlift

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...

Powerlifting: 3 Things I Learned Getting Injured In Meet Prep

Over the weekend, I competed at Pioneer’s Tribute meet in San Antonio, Texas. I live in Texas, and I truly believe in Pioneer and what that company does for powerlifting, so I was really excited for this one —...
Ben Pollack's Favorite Focus Exercises for Bigger Lifts

5 Ways to Train the Brain for Bigger Lifts In the Gym

Focus is really important in the gym — for obvious reasons. Whether you’re attempting to hit a new PR or just cranking out some pump-up sets, you’re more likely to get good results if you’re focused on the task...

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Rob “Da Savage” Hall Explains How to PR When Everything Goes...

Few athletes in powerlifting history have hit totals over 1,000 kilos. Even fewer have done so injured, sick, and following the death of a...

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