Weightlifting

Clean and Press vs Clean and Jerk – Which One Should You Use?

In this article we will discuss the differences between the clean and press and the clean and jerk, two important movements for muscular, strength, and athletic development. In the below sections, we will break down both the clean and...

Clean and Press – Muscles Worked, Exercise Demo, Benefits, and Variations

In this article we will discuss the clean and press movement, a complex, total body movement that can be performed with a wide variety of variations (dumbbell, kettlebell, barbell, log bar, etc). In the below sections we will discuss...

Barbell Clean and Press Alternatives

The barbell clean and press is a very popular movement in fitness, strength, and power sports. While it does differ from the barbell clean & jerk (view comparison article here), the clean and press vs clean and jerk are...

What I Learned Transitioning from Powerlifting to Weightlifting

Powerlifting and weightlifting often incorporate elements from each other, which has led many athletes to wonder if they should just make the switch from powerlifting to weightlifting, or vice versa. I grappled with this decision myself for over two...

How to Work Swimming Into a Strength Cycle

Swimming rarely makes an appearance in conditioning plans, and we’re here to change that. There’s this persistent belief that swimming just isn’t great cardio. Freestyle messes up your shoulders. It stokes the appetite so much it makes it harder to...

Harrison Maurus PRs His Clean At 205 Kilograms

It was just last week when Harrison Maurus, who currently weighs around 81 kilograms, hit a personal record in his clean with 200 kilograms (441 pounds). At the time, that was 5 kilograms heavier than the best clean we’d...

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...

Talakhadze and Valentin Are the IWF Lifters of the Year

The lines are closed, the votes are tallied, and the International Weightlifting Federation has announced the 2017 IWF Lifters of the Year: Georgia’s Lasha Talakhade, +105kg weight class and Spain’s Lydia Valentin Perez, -75kg weight class. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bd0VXCqlRQQ The competition was pretty...

British Weightlifter Sonny Webster Announces His Transition to CrossFit

Back in early December, news broke that British weightlifter Sonny Webster had tested positive for Ostarine. This is a substance banned by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) and is known as a Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator (SARM), which...

Power and Ice: The Training Routine of the U.S. Olympic Bobsled Team

There aren’t a lot of races in which the most important work is over in the first few seconds, but if you ask Jason Hartman, strength and conditioning coordinator for the U.S. Olympic bobsled team, that’s the crux of...

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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...

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