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The Ultimate Guide to the NFL Combine

Note from MR: This was originally posted in February, 2014. This week, some of the baddest mofos on planet Earth will descend upon Indianapolis for one reason: To show just how bad ass they are! The NFL combine has become not only an awesome event for pro teams and scouts to evaluate potential talent and […]

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RTS Coaching: Reset Every Rep

Many moons ago, I was attending a Perform Better seminar in Chicago. Gray Cook was giving one of his signature presentations, when he made the following comment: Stopping doing one set of five. Instead, do five sets of one. – Gray Cook When you sit back and think about it, it’s pure genius. Too often […]

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Specialty Bar Training for Athletes

As a reformed powerlifter, the move away from strictly barbell exercises was not easy. Because let’s be honest – the barbell squat, bench and deadlift are fantastic ways to get strong. However, in my effort to build the most complete athlete known to man, while simultaneously keeping them healthy, sometimes the barbell falls by the […]

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Setting Up for a Big Bench Press

Every Monday around 5 pm, gyms across America are inundated with the following question: “Yo bro – how much ya bench?” It’s a sad fact, but it’s true. And at least if all the bros are benching, we can have the squat rack or the deadlift platform! All jokes aside, I know that people love […]

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Floor Press

The floor press has been used by powerlifters for 20 years to build Herculean strength in the upper body. And if your goal is to bench press ridiculous weights, the floor press can be used as a supplementary lift to your bench to all new levels. In this article, we’re going to cover every facet […]

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Top 10 Blog Posts of 2011

Let the “It’s the end of 2011!” posts begin! I figure someone has to start the trend, and I’ve got a bunch of stuff to publish before the end of the year, so today we’ll begin with my Top 10 Blog Posts of 2011. Needless to say, the blog has grown exponentially over the last […]

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Bench Press

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Let’s be honest: Almost all of us like to bench. It’s pretty much burned into our DNA, from the first time we walk into a weight room and start moving the iron. For me, personally, the bench press has always been the lift that has given me the most trouble. I can do a lot […]

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Coaching Neutral Wrist

Over the past three weeks, we’ve discussed why neutral spine is important, as well as neutral neck. Today we’re going to bring the series to a close, discussing the importance of keeping a neutral wrist. While this one may not be as intuitive as the other two, it’s nonetheless important. Watch most people perform any […]

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Technique Work-ups

Last week, we talked about the concept of clean volume. The premise here is simple – the goal of our training should be to get as many quality lifts in as possible, especially on our first (or primary) lift. Technique is often a limiting factor, and performance can vary greatly from day-to-day. This leads us […]

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Improving Your Bench Press Arch

Let’s be honest – everyone likes to bench press. And one of the easiest things you can do to increase your poundages (and look like more of a bad-ass) is to improve your bench press arch. Whether your goal is to compete in a powerlifting meet, or to simply move more weight than the other […]

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Step-by-Step Bench Pressing

If you’ve been in the iron game for any period of time, you’ve probably been asked the following question: “Hey bro (or broski, or brosef) – how much ya bench?” We can argue about the efficacy of bench pressing ‘til we’re blue in the face.  While I’m apt to say that a big squat or […]

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Pulling Up Your Bench

For whatever reason, my bench has been feeling great lately.  I feel like I need to knock on wood so as to not jinx myself, but I can’t tell you how good it feels to have some decent bench pressing sessions. Even when I was competing in powerlifting, I had some serious issues with my […]

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3 Keys to Long Term Bench Press Success

Today I’m going to link you over to the CriticalBench.com site.  I wrote a guest blog over there that I think you’ll really enjoy, especially if you’re interested in driving your bench press numbers up! 3 Keys to Long-Term Bench Press Success Got questions about the bench press? Be sure to leave them below and […]

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The Corrective Strawman

It’s easy for someone with little to no experience working with real people to say that “corrective” exercise doesn’t work. It’s also easy to do this if you’ve never seen it in action, or if you’ve seen it executed by the wrong practitioner. Naysayers will tell you that corrective exercise is nothing more than some […]

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The Floor Press

The floor press may be one of the single best bench training exercises known to man that you aren’t using in your program. I’ll be honest, I hadn’t really used the floor press for many years. It wasn’t until I embarked upon a powerlifting specific program in the last couple of months that I put […]

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