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Welcome back! The weekend is almost upon us!

Street weightlifting“? It’s a buzzy new phrase we’ll explain below.

There’s great news coming from the Strongman world, too. Grzegorz Szymanski is returning to the sport’s biggest stage after battling cancer.

Lastly, if you’re bored of the same old, same old training protocols, try these five barbell complexes and await your gainz.

Cheers to the weekend. Now let’s set some knowledge PRs.

WEIGHTLIFTING

Taking It To The Streets

Meso Hassona
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A new elite weightlifting competition format is on the horizon. On April 14, 2022, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) announced it is sponsoring the first-ever “Street Weightlifting” competition will be held in the Olympic Capital of Lausanne, Switzerland, on April 23, 2022.

The contest will feature 14 elite “athletes and Olympians from Europe, South America, and the Middle East” competing in a mixed team format— two athletes representing the same country pair up to compete against other nations in an outdoor setting.

Per IWF President Michael Irani, the contest aims to “showcase how great our sport is in urban settings.” Additionally, the IWF launches the Athlete Ambassador Program, which features four elite weightlifters “chosen as role models…to promote, educate, and strengthen equal, fair, and clean sport.”  

See who the four athlete ambassadors are and how many medals they have between them already.

     

STRONGMAN

Szymanski Returns to Strongman

Strongman Grzegorz Szymanski enters 2022 World's Strongest Man roster
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On April 13, 2022, World’s Strongest Man announced that Grzegorz Szymanski is the 30th competitor in the2022 World’s Strongest Man contest, taking place in Sacramento, CA, on May 24-29.

In 2017, after years of competing and winning, Szymanski was diagnosed with cancer and underwent chemotherapy and surgery.

The 2022 WSM contest will be his return to the sport of strongman, and he’s not expected to compete in another competition before traveling to Sacramento.

TRAINING

The 5 Best Barbell Complexes

Weightlifting Barbell Complexes
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When it comes to weightlifting, there are about as many different programs out there as there are people.

The snatch and clean & jerk are considered the classic lifts, but there’s an abundance of other lifts you can train with the barbell.

Since complexes can include virtually any lift, there’s tons of different ones to practice, and you can even create your own. However, in the world of weightlifting, there’s an argument to be made for five specific complexes.

Here’s why they make the cut and what they can do for you.

     

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