Here we go! So excited to write my first article for Rx Muscle! I'm grateful for the opportunity and I hope this article adds to your repertoire of skills needed to get STRONG.
I get asked this question all the time:
"I want to train Atlas Stones like a Strongman but I can't afford expensive pre-made molds and I don't have space or materials to make them. I also can't justify paying membership for a Crossfit Box just to train that one event. WHAT DO I DO??"
“The key to stay on top of things is to treat everything like it’s your first project, like it’s your first day as an intern, and stay humble”. Notorious Big had said that in the intro to Jay Z’s “My 1st Song” and when I heard this song the other day, it made me think. There are a lot of great young strength coaches, trainers and so on now. But there is also a large wave of new trainers who have already figured it all out and are experts in their field.
’ve been lifting weights since I was in middle school, and I started competing in strongman when I got to college. Five years and two national championships later, I can still openly admit I don’t have all the answers. I know, what a shocker. If you asked me years ago I would have said “I have no idea what the f*** I’m doing” and it would’ve been true. Thankfully, I had some really experienced and smart people around me.
In an age when communication is easier than ever, people seem more afraid of meaningful dialog than ever before! Not a day goes by that I don't find myself reading some training or diet article that has at least one or two points i find questionable or in need of clarification. Not in always in a "negative" of hurtful kind of way just in a "I don't agree with that" or "I don't understand your point" kind of way! I admit that i am more than a little over the top when it comes to being direct and specific but if someone is willing to post their work in a public forum should they expect / welcome dialog?
Not many people know what a pelvic tilt is, or how it’s developed! In fact, it is a maleficent player in faulty body mechanics, instability and deficient posture and can stem (or be stemmed from) other musculo-skeletal dysfunctions. The origination of pelvic tilting can come from our everyday activities and postures which we hold for a sustained period of time. On the other hand, Pelvic tilting can come from other pre-existing structural or mechanical pathologies. There are two types of tilting – posterior and anterior; for this articles purpose Anterior Pelvic Tilting will be reviewed in depth – and it will focus on correction of the tilt, while exposing underlying issues contributing.
Being a 22 year old collegiate STRENGTH athlete is different from most other “normal” collegiate athletes. “Normal” athletes lift weights to get better at their sport, but lifting IS my sport. This is a foreign concept amongst most college campuses, but luckily Springfield College welcomed my passion with open arms. I have been a part of a group of guys and girls who love lifting weights and being the strongest they can possibly be. Throughout my 6 years at Springfield College (undergrad and grad) I have gone through many coaches, gotten tons of advice and been lead in many different directions, and without all of those people and influences I would not be where I am today… one of the youngest professional strongmen in the country.
Summertime is here! The time of year when everyone starts peeling off layers and browning up their white, pasty folds after a long, gluttonous winter. All winter long you have made and broken promises to yourself about getting in shape for the summer… mostly dietary promises.
The term Bend the bar is used ubiquitously within the Powerlifting community and from my experience is misinterpreted and/or misapplied. Bending the bar or pulling the bar apart is a way of creating tension into the bar versus passively letting the bar sit in the hands/shoulders.
Beginner Deep Water Squat Workout
By Jon Andersen
Squatting for me is a spiritual experience. Squatting isn’t just an exercise, it is a place where I can lose myself and find myself all in one set. The squat is a movement to make your whole body strong and if you do it right it will make you mentally strong. Squatting can put you in the face of adversity faster and more effectively than any other exercise in the gym. If you’ve got the sack you can stretch your work capacity and mental toughness to places beyond your imagination. The squat is the best, most aggressive way possible to increase mental toughness.
My Journey to a 300LB Overhead Press
By Scott “Crusher” Wallace
I have been competing in Strongman since June 2012 and am currently getting ready for my third season. In the past two years, I have competed in seven competitions and have done very well with four top three finishes including a first place finish and a trip to North American Strongman (NAS) Nationals in October 2013. Up until Nationals, I thought I was doing pretty good and was able to compete at a high level with other top Strongman. Well, that all changed at Nationals when I found out what strong really is!
Prepare to Succeed!
By Jon Anderson
As a coach I have heard every excuse in the book. I have heard every complaint, every bitch and every moan. I should have a PhD in clinical psychology from the thousands of hours of emotional counseling I’ve done. The one excuse I cannot condone, the one that makes my blood boil is when an athlete says something absurd like, “I forgot to eat lunch today.” You forgot to eat? You forgot? To EAT??!!!
Create Your Competitive Advantage
By Loren Fogelman
There’s a difference between the first place finisher and the rest of the competition. Truthfully, the gap in physical abilities between the first and last place finisher is relatively small. There is, however, one important, but frequently overlooked, training component which separates the leaders from all the rest.
Your training plan builds physical strength. That gets you physically prepared for the competition. On competition day, however, all the training is behind you. Grinding it out the last couple days before the event doesn’t work in your favor, and may even work against you.
Jeff King: Cerebral Palsy & Training for Strongman!
Hello, RxMuscle.com readers, my name is Jeff King. I’m a Canadian strength athlete who is active in strongman training and martial arts as well as having been an arm wrestling champion competitor around North America for the better part of 20 years (yes, just like OVER THE TOP and now the TV show GAME OF ARMS) despite being born with mild cerebral palsy.
USSC – OPEN INVITATION TO ALL STRENGTH ATHLETES
Let me be the first to welcome you to this unique journey with epic strength implications: The United States Strength Coalition!
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.