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5 Underappreciated Benefits of Lifting Weights

One of the most damaging misconceptions out there is that lifting weights is an exercise in vanity. “All those meatheads curling dumbbells and admiring themselves in the mirror,” scoff the untrained masses. “I’m so glad I’m not a narcissist like...

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 and their squat performance becoming stagnant. Enter, the Anderson Squat. This squatting variation is a highly...

Are You Strong? Building Strength Standards Across Five Key Movements

When you see it you certainly know it, yet defining just what counts as strong is surprisingly tricky. When I first started lifting, I was pretty sure I knew what it meant to be strong. To me it was...

The Best and Worst Fitness Tips From Old-Timey Strongmen and Strongwomen

There's just something about old-timey strongmen and strongwomen. Their combination of physicality, mystery, showmanship, and flowery, grandiose language made their sport fresh, exciting, and romantic. In the Victorian era, the advent of photography, video, and more accessible international travel rejuvenated the role of the traveling...

5 Minute Mobility: This Stretching Routine Is Perfect When You’re Low on Time

Life is short. We are all busy. If you have a few hours a day to train and stretch and get massages, that is awesome! For the rest of us, we are lucky to get 5 minutes a day to...

Bodyweight Training for Weightlifters: 10 Exercises to Master

Weightlifters, like most athletes, need to have a fundamental level of fitness, often expressed as General Physical Preparedness (GPP). Encapsulated within GPP training is the ability to have a fundamental level of fitness: strength, muscle mass, coordination, flexibility, mobility,...

“Finish Your Pull”: Snatch Training Tips and Weightlifting Considerations

“Finish Your Pull!” We have all heard this shouted from coaches and athletes at meets, on the training platform, or in class WODs. Failing to “finish the pull” in the snatch can results in missed lifts out front, jumping forwards...

3 Total-Body Dumbbell Workouts Every Strength Athlete Should Do

We all know the importance of unilateral training, switching up modalities (barbells, kettlebells, dumbbells, bodyweight, etc), and how athletes can improve baseline fitness and general physical preparedness by integrating some varied training into their regiments. Dumbbell total-body sessions are...

Joe Mills’ 20/20 Workout: Perfect Practice Makes Perfect Weightlifting

"The woods are full of strongmen, but very few great weightlifters!" - Joe Mills Joe Mills was a national level coach, weightlifter (1930s), and member of the Weightlifting Hall of Fame. Joe coached some of the best national level USA...

The Three Best Strongman Moves for Weightlifters

Tradition. It runs strong and deep in weightlifting. Many coaches have used the exact same exercises and programs for decades with great success. Experimentation is often frowned upon and hence avoided. It is foolish, though, to overlook an entire...

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Pulling Variations to Increase Leg Drive in the Snatch and Clean

Leg strength is critical in weightlifting movements. During the first pull of both the snatch and clean, knee extension takes place to bring the...

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