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Kipping Pull-Up Injuries – 4 Reasons Why and How They Happen

In this article I wanted to spend some time going through the kipping pull-up, specifically whether or not it is responsible for shoulder and muscular injuries (SLAP tears, labrum issues, muscle strains, and common overuse pains). In the below...

Cyclical Ketogenic Diet: The Best Type of Keto Diet For Strength & Power Athletes?

“Keto” seems to be the new buzzword in the health and fitness industry. Sure, you may have heard the term ketogenic diet, but did you know that there’s more than one type of keto diet? And more importantly, which...

Chelsea Savit Talks Body Positivity, Elite Powerlifting, and Being a “Beefpuff”

Walking away from a 15-year gymnastics career and turning to the sport of powerlifting changed Chelsea Savit’s life. From constantly feeling like her body was under a microscope and only valued for the way it looked, powerlifting lifted those...

3 Common Myths of Pregnancy and Strength Training

Editor’s note: The content on BarBend is meant to be informative in nature, but it should not be taken as medical advice. The opinions and articles on this site are not intended for use as diagnosis, prevention, and/or treatment of...

Three (Non-Lifting) Books That Will Make You a Better Lifter

Most writers love to read, and I’m no exception. I read a lot of different genres, but I can never turn off that “lifter” switch, so I’m always trying to apply what I read to my training. Usually, that...

The Benefits of Ab Rollouts and Progressions to Perform Them

A strong core is useful for every type strength athlete and for multiple reasons. It supports bigger compound movements, it can promote one's overall athleticism, and it helps the maintenance of a healthy posture. In this article, we're going...

4 Benefits of Intermittent Fasting for Strength Athletes

Intermittent fasting has been around for a while, and it has become increasingly popular as one of the latest diet trends in the health and fitness industry today. Its recent popularity has grown drastically for good reason, too. This recent...

When Should You “Rx Plus” a WOD?

I’ve never been a big fan of overly clichéd motivational posts. Seeing a spuriously attributed quote about wolves' self esteem embedded on a stock image just doesn’t get me hyped like it’s supposed to. But I’m far from impervious...

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...

Why Do Some Lifters Screw Their Feet Into the Floor During Deadlifts?

Have you ever seen videos of strength athletes screwing their feet into the floor before deadlifts and various compound movements? This is a cue that can hold different benefits and purposes, which will be dependent on the athlete's rationale...

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