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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...

“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...

Dumbbell vs. Barbell Bench Press: Which is Best for You?

In this article we will discuss what you need to considered when determining what bench press modality (dumbbell vs. barbell bench press) is best for you and your specific performance and fitness goals. Strength and Hypertrophy = Both A video posted...

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...

Chin-ups Versus Pull-ups: Why the Difference Is Important

The chin-up and pull-up are among the top upper body exercises for developing strength and power. While they’re both similar in their movements, they can be used in your programming at different times for different reasons. The Differences Between Chin-ups...

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,...

How Much Should You Clean In Relationship To Your Front Squat

Understanding the relationship between a lifter’s clean and how it correlates to their best front squat can help coaches and athletes better determine whether athletes have limitation in strength or more with the components of the clean. According to USA...

How to Avoid the False Visualization Trap in Strength Sports

Visualization is an extremely important tool athletes can use in the development of the mindset necessary to achieve long and short term goals. The process involves remembering or imagining yourself achieving success (or executing a process correctly). You have...

4 Reasons Why Every Lifter Can Benefit from Unilateral Training

Regardless of sport, research suggests most athletes can benefit immensely from adding unilateral training into their current training routine. Often, training regimens include a slew of bilateral movements, such as; barbell squats, deadlifts, presses, rows, snatches, and cleans, just to...

The Farce of Drug Retesting in Olympic Weightlifting

Editor's Note: Article updated, see bottom of page for details. On Wednesday of this week, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) announced athletes from the 2012 Olympics who have failed a re-analysis of their drug test from that competition. In the...

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Weightlifter Nathan Damron’s Crazy Strength Gains from Ages 13 to 19

Nathan Damron is one of America's best young lifters, and regardless of how he performs in the Junior Pan American Championships this week, the...

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