6 Benefits of Renegade Rows

In previous articles we discussed the power of unilateral training, the importance of a strong core, and the role of the lats and spinal erectors lifting posture and performance. When looking for a metabolic movement that stresses all of...

Why Orhan Bilican’s World Record 430kg Squat Didn’t Count

A pretty unusual thing happened at the Western European Equipped & Classic Powerlifting Championships, which took place this week in Luxembourg City. The -120kg Belgian powerlifter Orhan Bilican, competing as an equipped athlete, made two squats: 400kg (882lb) and 430kg...

Powerlifter Mark Bell Teaches Us How to Safely Spot the Squat, Bench, and Deadlift

The act of spotting is much more than helping a buddy complete their last rep on the bench. A spotter has a great amount of responsibility that's tied to them at all times, and in some cases this responsibility...

Carola Garra Benches Over Twice Her Bodyweight for a Junior World Record (Bench and...

In the tiny country of Luxembourg, the Western European Equipped & Classic Powerlifting Championships 2017 recently took place in Hamm, an area of Luxembourg City. We’ve seen some pretty impressive lifts coming out of the competition, but -63kg Italian raw...

Check Out Norwegian Rock Climber Magnus Midtbo’s 1-Arm Muscle-Up

Before diving into this article, let the record show that we don't recommend trying this movement without the proper strength, experience, and form. A one-arm muscle-up can be extremely tough on the shoulder, and without the proper training and...

Check Out Ian Wilson’s Latest 220kg/485 lb Jerk Off Blocks

American 105kg weightlifter Ian Wilson is coming back and in a big way. Late last week, we wrote about Wilson's recent 285kg (628 lb) squat PR, and why it could mean big things for the US at this year's IWF...

Renegade Rows: Muscles Used, Form, and Benefits

There are a plethora of bodyweight and lightweight back movements that are extremely challenging and great for building serious muscle (yes, you can get pretty strong and fit without crazy heavyweight...gasp). While heavy Pendlay rows and lat pulldowns may...

Flashback to Lacee Kovács’ Insane One Thousand Muscle-Up Challenge

Functional fitness athletes like to break records most people hadn’t even thought of. A couple of weeks ago, the 2011 and 2012 winner of the Reebok CrossFit® Games Annie Thorisdottir broke the world record for the most amount of barbell...

What’s Your Weightlifting Status? Sean Waxman’s Calculator Can Tell You

How much time have you spent thinking about your Olympic lifts? These thoughts could involve your programming, current lifting status, where you want your lifts to be, and areas you may be lacking in. Weightlifting as a sport is...

The Pitfalls of Social Media In the World of Strength and Fitness

With the age of social media, we’re bombarded by the lives and experiences of everyone around us. It’s difficult to scroll through Facebook or Instagram without seeing a picture or video of someone hitting a new personal record, or...