Exercise Guides

Welcome to BarBend’s Exercise Guides page! If you came here looking for the web’s best exercise guides, it’s great to have you. For those who simply found us while searching around BarBend, we’re happy and excited to have you here! 

Our Exercise Guides are designed with both novice and experienced lifters in mind. 

Each of our exercise guides includes information on form, benefits, common variations, muscles worked, when to use the exercise in your program, and so much more. So whether you’re just starting out in the gym, or you’re programming for yourself, we have you covered.

We have exercise guides covering virtually every movement in strength sports. From movements as big as the back squat to exercises as specific as the Pallof Press, we’ve left no stone unturned in our goal of providing the most comprehensive exercise guides on the internet. So whether you’re just starting out lifting, or you’re taking first place at international competitions, browse around and let us help get you stronger.

Our Experts​

Amit Sapir

Olympian, Powerlifter, Bodybuilder

Thea Lund

Weightlifter

Bryce Krawczyk, CSEP-CPT

Record Holding Powerlifter

Cara Brennan

Strongman Athlete

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Shrugs Exercise Guide

Large, powerful traps are often a sign of a serious lifter. The traps, which span across the upper backs of most powerlifters, weightlifters, fitness athletes, and bodybuilders play a crucial role in deadlifting, squats, heavy carries, and the Olympic lifts (just to name a few). The shrug is a movement...

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