Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Powerlifting

Increase Your Bench Press Power with this Upper Body PAP

A strong press is dictated by how much weight you can move. Although, a powerful press is indicative by how fast you can move that weight. Strength and power go hand-in-hand, which is why I love post-activation potentiation (PAP) and complex...

How Long Should You Rest Between Sets? What the Science Suggests

It's generally understood that rest time is dependent on type of exercise, training goal, and rep scheme. For example, heavier multi-joint exercises with low-reps receive longer rest, while lighter single-joint movements receive less rest. This is usually common knowledge among lifters,...

The Glute Ham Raise: Your Key to Stronger Hamstrings

There's a common denominator between strong deadlifts, squats, Olympic lifts, sprint speed, jumping, and athletic performance. This denominator is strong hamstrings. The hamstrings are composed of three major muscles and these are the semimebranosous (SM), semitendinosus (ST), and biceps femoris (BF)....

2 Simple Ways to Test If Your Hamstrings Are Weak

Hamstrings are the neglected stepchildren of the well-built body. It's usually true that strength athletes are a step above the gym bros who only hone their trophy muscles, and serious lifters know the importance of building strong legs, a heavy deadlift, and...

What to Expect When Taking The CSCS (and How to Prep)

The Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification is considered by myself and many others to be one of the highest strength certs someone can receive. This certification is administered through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Many colleges and professional...

3 Ways to Find Your 1-Rep Max (Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced)

Whether you're a beginner, intermediate, or advanced lifter, having an idea of your 1-rep max (1-RM) can help support your training. Once you have an understanding of the maximal weight your body can move, then you can program accordingly. Beginner and intermediate...

72-Year Old Fred Rice Deadlifts 520lbs for His 72nd Birthday

The deadlift is such a fantastic lift. It's the type of lift that shows the true grit and strength someone possesses. Whether someone's a deadlifter or not, there always seems to be a respect that follows a heavy pull. Fred...

Deadlift Stalling? Try One of These 13 Underrated Fixes

Few things are more frustrating than strength plateaus, especially if you’re following a well-designed program that was supposed to help you crush a new PR. If you’re lifting in an intelligent and periodized fashion and you’re failing to increase your...

Washington Nationals All-Star Bryce Harper Deadlifts and Squats Heavy in Training

Whether you compete in strength sports, love to lift, or play regular sports, there should be a celebration of strength when someone performs a heavy lift. After all, most athletes build their athletic foundations under the barbell. We saw and acknowledged...

12 Ways To Maximize Your Rest Day

While many individuals struggle to make it TO the gym, many of us also struggle to STAY out. Rest days are critical for performance, with some sports and ability levels needing more and/or less of them. When your rest...

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What I Learned in My Rookie Year at The CrossFit Games

In July 2016, Ian Berger competed in his first Reebok CrossFit Games as part of Team CrossFit Dynamix. Presented as an op-ed, below are his thoughts...

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