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How Any Kind of Athlete Can Incorporate Olympic Weightlifting and Powerlifting

You are an aspiring athlete in a non-strength based sport. Like most athletes who get started in the weight room, your strength and conditioning programs are dominated by the big three powerlifting movements and basic barbell lifts (Duehring et....

4 Arm Exercises You’ve Never Tried Before

Since I covered some cool variations on the squat, bench, and deadlift, I think it’s only fair that I do the same for some of the major body parts, starting with everyone’s favorite: Arms. Actually, exercise selection is crucially...

Deconstructing Your Strongman Training Program

Everyone who hires a coach (or a programmer) has the faith that they are picking the right person for the job. In the client's mind the money they are spending will get them information that is better than what...

Why Good Powerlifters Get Bad Coaches

There are nearly 37,000 gyms in the U.S. as of 2016, and over 66 million Americans made over 5.5 billion visits to those gyms in that year alone. Why, then, is it so hard to find a good coach? Regrettably,...

Why Powerlifting Is a Sport for Nerds

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

123 lb Powerlifter Stefanie Cohen Deadlifts 545 lbs At the Arnold Sports Festival

It's hard to describe the energy that goes on in the Animal Cage; it's something unlike any other experience I've ever had in a gym setting. As I walked into the cage beside Hybrid Performance Coaches and athletes Hayden...

Why Olympic Weightlifting Makes You Better at Practically Any Sport

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

Do Women Who Arch in the Bench Press Get More Hate Than Men?

The Roosevelt Arch, the Gateway Arch, L’Arc de Triomphe. All very famous arches that are adored around the worldwide. However, when it comes to powerlifting, some people aren't so supportive of these feats of flexibility and strength. To arch or...

Powerlifting Slows the Aging Process. Here’s Why

Doctors understand aging as a loss of one’s reserves. Here, reserves means abilities – physical and mental. To a doctor, then, we age when we lose physical ability or mental capacity. While we all, of course, get older with...

The Viking Press: How to Perform and Include Them In Your Workouts

The Viking Press is a Strongman Competition lift that has slowly been gaining popularity in general strength-training circles. It is often used in major competitions in a format that is contested with either max weight, or by completing as...

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If you compete long enough, some type of injury is almost inevitable at some point in your career. Especially in a sport like weightlifting...

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