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Should Weightlifters Do Hang Movements from Above or Below the Knee?

The hang position has many benefits for improving efficiency in the snatch and clean & jerk, such as more time under tension, increased back strength, and better awareness throughout the lifts. There are many variations of the hang, which...

When to Use Straps in Powerlifting and Strongman

All strength sports have their own little quirks; powerlifting has sumo deadlifts, CrossFit has kipping, and strongman, well, strongman kind of has a few that irk others. But it isn’t the hitching or the continental cleans that seem to...

PR Like a Pro: The Best Way to Test Your 1-RM

I received a question from a reader earlier this week: what’s the best way to test a one-rep max? If you follow me on social media, you know I love good questions, and this is a great one, because there’s...

3 Phases of Building Successful Weightlifting Athletes

In the last article I did for BarBend, I mentioned I am a bit of a science geek. And in my tenure as a coach, I’ve read a few books that I would highly recommend to any coach. The...

Perfecting Your Program: Add Pounds to Your Bench Press

I see far more lifters struggle with bench than with squat or deadlift, and I include myself in that group. My bench is by far my weakest lift, and although it’s improving, it’s improving slowly. It’s a tricky movement...

Why the Dumbbell Pullover Needs to Make a Comeback

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

Why Does the Sumo Deadlift Get So Much Hate?

If you're a regular social media user, then you're probably accustomed to the frequent flack the sumo deadlift receives. No matter what - even when the weight is crazy impressive - it always seems like someone has something to...

Female Powerlifters Share the Weirdest Things Guys Say to Them

If you follow elite female powerlifters on Instagram, you’re probably familiar with the bizarre comments they get on an everyday basis. There are plenty of positive, supportive comments, too — women lifting heavy weight is becoming more and more...

5 Tips for Combining Bodybuilding and Powerlifting

Despite some old school bodybuilders calling powerlifters fatties and powerlifters calling bodybuilders weak, the two sports can actually complement each other more than you'd think. Not only this, we are starting to see a new kind of hybrid athlete emerge...

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...

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