In Bill Starr’s text, The Strongest Shall Survive, the basic pressing program was laid out much like the squatting program – a singular exercise, constant volume, and fluctuating intensity over the course of a week. In Starr’s program, the bench press was the exercise of choice for all 3 days. The benefit of this set up was that it was simple in concept and logistically feasible in a busy weight room with lots of athletes already occupying the squat racks....
The 2014 Worlds Strongest Man qualifying sessions have ended, the dust has settled and 12 of the worlds best in strength athletics have qualified for this weekends finals in Los Angeles. There are some new faces and some old faces, but each has the same face on at the moment; win at all costs.
The 2014 Worlds Strongest Man qualifying is well under way in Los Angeles with very few issues or problems. After 3 days of qualifying all five of the groups, there are some surprisingly new names in the top 3 of each group as well as the usual pack of former finalists.
Dan McKim wins the 2nd annual Arnold Sports Festival Mens Pro Highland Games Championships in Columbus, Ohio. Dan talks about the Permafrost layer they had to deal with as well as setting a new North American Light Hammer record.
Traditionally there are two types of Rack Squats, both of which are underused in my opinion. The first variation of the Rack Squat involves lowering the bar down to the pins inside of a power cage and pausing for just a few seconds then exploding back up with the weight. The second variation is the harder variation (and utilized even less) and involves starting the lift with the bar resting on the pins. Both have value under the right circumstance. The first variation of the lift we shall just call the Rack Squat which is differentiated in namesake from the second variation: the Dead-Stop Rack Squat. In this article we will look solely at the first variation of the Rack Squat where the bar is actively lowered to the pins on each rep.
Affectionately dubbed as the working world’s fuel, caffeine renders virtually immeasurable effects on physiological systems, which impact physical and mental performance. Given confounding media reports and poorly designed research studies, many medical professionals and fitness professionals are left to ponder what sources and dosages are required for optimal elicitation of caffeine’s effects.
The World’s Strongest Man contest is the brainchild of IMG executive Barry Frank, who told IronMind he wanted to entertain people in their leisure time; and for more than three decades, Mr. Frank has done just that as men of mastadonic proportions lift, pull and otherwise pit their strength against massively defiant objects that in the past have even included a Lockheed C-130 Hercules military transport plane. Explaining the show's concept at its most fundamental level, Mr. Frank said that people enjoy watching things they can’t do, and that extraordinary feats of strength fit the bill perfectly.