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.
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.
Oregon powerlifters Chris Duffin and Adrian Larsen will attempt to set new records in a Guinness-sanctioned strength exhibition on Sunday, March 16, at Elite Performance Center.
Both lifters will offer free deadlift and bench press clinics to interested athletes after they have completed their lifts.
The event will be open to the public, and donations will be collected to benefit Portland powerlifter and bouncer Brian Rizzo. Rizzo was shot on Jan. 11 while working at the Mystic Gentleman’s Club.
My friend Kate Barsky from XAthletes.ca needs our help. After develivering a healthy child, within day she was in the hospitall several times and was misdiagnosed more than a half a dozen times. After gaining mroe than 100lbs in 2 weeks time, a cardiologist happened to see her xray and asked who the patient was. She was immediately admitted with Cardiomyopathy and Congestive Heart Failure. After more than a year in the hospital and related therapies, she has come back in a big way by being a competitive strength athlete and helping promote strength sports to their fullest in British Columbia and beyond.
The 2014 Arnold Strongman Classic kicked off with HUGE crowds and HUGE numbers pressed in the first event, The Austrian Oak Log Press. This log, specifically commissioned for the Arnold weekend weighs in at a massive 440lbs. Its moderate girth, heavy weight and exaggerated length make it a real test to press. In years past, only 2 or 3 men per show are able to press the big log. This year saw six. Of those who did not a complete a single rep, they used a smaller similar 380lb log. Here are all of the athletes successful lifts.
The deadlift is an amazing exercise and one that you should include in your strength training routine if you want to add slabs of granite hard muscle to your body from head-to-toe, strengthen your posterior chain, and increase athletic performance. In fact, there may be no better exercise for working the hamstrings, glutes, entire back, and grip, and for making you bigger, faster, and stronger.
So, with that said, here are five tips for a stronger deadlift:...
Every year since the inception of the Arnold Strongman Classic, Dr Terry Todd and his wife Jan manage to create one of the heaviest and most brutal five event shows on the planet. This year appears to be no exception. Rogue Fitness has stepped up their game by providing some of the unique pieces that will be on stage next weekend. The heaviest dumbbell ever used in competition, a yoke potentially going to over 1,500lbs and the staple Hummer Tire Deadlift which could see more than one man attempt 1,300lbs or more. Chiropractors and Physical Therapists, get your tables ready, because the Todd's are bringing the Pain to Columbus!