Weightlifting

2-Time Olympic Weightlifting Medalist Szymon Kołecki Starts MMA Career

According to two Polish news sources, Szymon Kolecki — the 2000 Olympic silver medalist and 2008 Olympic gold medalist in the 94kg category — has announced he's beginning an MMA career starting in 2017. Kolecki, 35, is also a 5-time...

The Ultimate Guide to the Trap Bar Deadlift – Exercises, Benefits, and Muscles Worked

One common variation of the conventional deadlift seen in many gyms and athletic facilities is the trap bar deadlift. This deadlift variation offers coaches and athletes a slew of benefits to fit a variety of needs and abilities, ranging from...

How to Maximize Effectiveness When Strength Training Solo

Let's assume that you are serious about improving as an athlete, are fully invested in learning to become better, but either cannot afford a coach, can only afford programming/online coaching, or do not live near enough one with whom...

Weightlifting Throwback: Alexander Varbanov Clean & Jerks 222kg at 75kg Bodyweight

1988 Olympic Silver Medalist Alexander Varbanov had one of that decade's best weightlifting resumes, and most of his accomplishments came while competing as a 75kg weightlifter for Bulgaria. (If the men's 75kg category doesn't sound familiar, that's because the International Weightlifting...

When Butt Wink Is a Problem (And When It Isn’t)

The guy who founded Squat University knows a lot about squatting. Dr. Aaron Horschig is a sports and orthopedic physical therapist, certified strength and conditioning specialist, USAW Olympic weightlifting competitor and level 1 coach, plus he’s an author – his first...

Dmitry Klokov Releases His Own Line of Weightlifting Equipment

“Unleash your inner Klokov.” That’s what the brand new barbells, plates, and collars from Klokov Equipment promise to do. At age 33, the incomparable Dmitry Klokov – Olympic weightlifting medalist, President of the Russian Strength Sports Association, and world champion in...

All the Current Olympic Weightlifting World Records (Infographic)

The 2016 Rio Olympics are behind us, and that means more new weightlifting world records. As with every Olympic cycle, lifters have taken their shot for record-breaking performances. We've put together an infographic with the current weightlifting world records, broken down...

Kettlebell History Goes Back Much Further Than Russia

The problem with kettlebell history is that surprisingly few people care. “Let’s say you’re a baseball fan. You play recreationally, you know who Babe Ruth is, you know the different stadiums. But in physical fitness culture, people almost never know...

Anderson Squat – How It Benefits Your Training

Squatting strength and performance is arguably one of the most vital attributes for strength, power, and functional fitness athletes. Often, athletes may find themselves and their squat performance becoming stagnant. Enter, the Anderson Squat. This squatting variation is a highly...

Sorry, Internet: This Video of Aleksey Lovchev’s 270kg Clean & Jerk Isn’t Real

Not real, but still interesting. A video is making the rounds of Aleksey Lovchev clean & jerking what looks like 270kg (at first glance) doesn't seem to be the real deal — rather, it looks to be from a promo video for Boston's...

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SBD Knee Sleeves Review — How Do They Fit?

Knee sleeves are worn for multiple reasons by strength athletes. Two of the major reasons are for extra knee support and maintaining joint warmth. There...

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