CrossFit Union Square squat

Does German Volume Training Get You Strong, Or Just Big?

It’s incredibly common to hear bodybuilders and strength athletes ask the question, “What’s the fastest way to pack on as much muscle as possible?”Newbies, right? Always looking for shortcuts, always thinking they can hack the system, never understanding that...
Ben Pollack US Open Lessons

Lessons Learned From An “Unconventional” Powerlifting Meet Prep

In the first part of this series, I explained the basics of my approach to last-minute peaking for the US Open. In this and in articles to come, I’ll talk details: what I did, what mistakes I made, what...
StrongLifts 5 x 5 Vs. 5/3/1 Vs. Starting Strength

Program Comparison: Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1 Vs. StrongLifts 5 x 5 Vs. Starting Strength

How do you choose the best program for your needs?There are so many workout programs out there it's nearly impossible to definitively brand one as superior to another without context of an athlete's needs, wants, and specificity. Over the...
Ben Pollack US Open

How I Peaked for the Kern US Open Using “Unconventional” Methods

If you follow me on social media, you know I decided to compete in the US Open this year. It was a pretty late decision to compete, for a few reasons. First, I’ve been focusing on bodybuilding – which...
Jen Thompson 144kg bench press

Powerlifter Jen Thompson Benches 144kg at -63kg for a New World Record

Jennifer Thompson secured her place in powerlifting history a long time ago, but she’s still pushing the sport’s limits. This weekend she set yet another IPF world record in the bench press with a phenomenal 144 kilograms (317.5 pounds)...

Brute Showdown Finale: Does the Bodybuilder, Weightlifter, CrossFitter, or Powerlifter Win?

"Actually, I really suck at soccer. I got kicked out when I was about 9 years old, the coach said I was too aggressive with the other kids when they'd come after the ball, so I think the last...
Isabella von Weissenberg 495lb deadlift

Powerlifter Isabella von Weissenberg “Accidentally” PRs her Deadlift at 495lb

There are few powerlifting fans today who don’t know Isabella von Weissenberg’s name. The Swedish IPF athlete is a bona fide phenomenon in the sport, regularly setting world records on the stage and quietly breaking them again in training.We...

Elbow Tuck and Flare In the Bench Press: How to Find the Perfect Amount

In the last few weeks, the bench press has gotten a ton of attention across the internet and social media. Strength athletes from all walks of life are searching and talking about the bench press more than normal, and...
Rostislav Petkov 305kg squat

Powerlifter Rostislav Petkov Sets New World Record Total

Bulgarian-born powerlifter Rostislav Petkov had a good weekend. A force to be reckoned with in the -165lb weight class, he competed at the hotly anticipated Kern US Open and became the lightest man to ever hit a 600 Wilks....
Chakera Holcomb Wilks Score

Chakera Holcomb Sets Highest All-Time Wilks Score By Nearly 30 Points

This past weekend, there were a ton of insane strength feats that went down at the Kern US Open, but none may be as impressive as Chakera Holcomb's performance to set the highest all-time Wilks Score.At the Kern US...


25 Days of Gifting: Reebok Nanos and Fitness Apparel!

To continue our 25 Days of Gifting extravaganza, BarBend and Reebok are teaming up to give one lucky winner a pair of Reebok Nanos...

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