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Neanderthal No More, Part II: With Eric Cressey

Originally Posted at www.t-nation.com The Postural Analysis: Side Posture After reading Part I you’re probably thinking to yourself, “Maybe my posture isn’t so great after all, but how do I know?” Well, if you completed your homework assignment from last week, you should have been waiting for this week’s update with a bunch of photos […]

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Neanderthal No More, Part III: With Eric Cressey

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com After covering all the “what’s” and “how’s” of the most common postural problems in Part I, we focused on some self-assessment tools in Part II. Those self-assessments are certainly valuable tools, but they can sometimes be too subjective if you aren’t accustomed to assessing these problems. With that in mind, use […]

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Neanderthal No More, Part IV: With Eric Cressey

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com After reading Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3, you’ve probably come to grips with the fact that you have a greater resemblance to Cro-Magnon man than you previously thought. Now, what are you going to do about it? The program outlined below is designed to keep your current strength levels […]

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Neanderthal No More, Part V: With Eric Cressey

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com It’s been a while since Part IV so those of you following this program are probably chomping at the bit for the conclusion. Chomp no more, because this is it! The program contained in this article is designed to reintroduce more of the traditional exercises that you’ve grown to love while […]

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Program Design 101

Program Design 101 Screw the Gurus! Make Your Own Training Programs! by Mike Robertson Do-It-Yourself Program Design If you started training at a young age, chances are you never followed a structured program. Instead you just had some simple goals in mind. Whether it was to squat three wheels or bench two bills, you wanted […]

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Precision Pulling

Originally Posted at www.t-nation.com Deadlift or Die! If I hear one more geek personal trainer or “fitness enthusiast” say that he doesn’t perform deadlifts because he doesn’t want to hurt his back, my next set of articles may be coming from behind bars. I just can’t stand to hear this crap anymore! The truth is […]

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Heal that Hunchback!

Originally Posted at www.t-nation.com Correcting Kyphosis Have you ever been mistaken for a malformed Parisian who lives in a Cathedral and rings bells? If so, you could suffer from kyphosis. Kyphosis is defined as an exaggerated forward curving of the thoracic portion of the vertebral column. In lay terms it’s been called “hunchback” or “slumped […]

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10 Tips for Flawless Squattin’

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com You’ve heard it a thousand times. To get big and strong, ya’ gotta’ squat. But how many of you are doing it right? The squat isn’t as complex as a clean and jerk, but whether you’re a competitive powerlifter or just the basic trainee trying to put some size on your […]

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21st Century Core Training

Originally Posted at www.t-nation.com Don’t let the title throw you off. This isn’t your average fluffer article, full of tidbits on doing proper crunches, sucking in your gut, or anything of the sort. This is a bare bones, return-to-your-roots article guaranteed to give you the knowledge necessary to develop a strong, powerful core. Starting with […]

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Back On Track

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com How many Mondays have you been to the gym, anxiously awaiting your chest workout, only to find that you have to wait 45 minutes just to get on a bench? It seems that every guy in the gym trains his chest on Monday; it’s a foregone conclusion. Not only do they […]

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Old-School Triceps

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com Using Your Head(s) The title should say it all. This isn’t an article about triceps kickbacks, isolation exercises, or anything of the sort. The goal of this article is to teach you basic triceps anatomy coupled with the knowledge necessary to design a triceps training program that’ll increase your functional strength […]

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Bodybuilding for Powerlifters

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com Last time around, I hit you up with an article called Powerlifting for Bodybuilders where I listed all the things bodybuilders can learn from powerlifters. In this installment, I’m going to discuss how powerlifters can benefit from certain aspects of bodybuilding. Most powerlifters view bodybuilders as evil incarnate. Bodybuilders’ goals are […]

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Powerlifting For Bodybuilders

Originally posted at www.t-nation.com I always find it amusing when bodybuilders make fun of powerlifters and vice versa. I mean when it comes down to it, we’re all into the iron game, just different variations with different goals. People, people, can’t we all just get along? Back in the day, a ton of the old-school […]

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Your First Meet: Part I Setting a Date and Developing Goals

Originally Posted on www.elitefitnesssystems.com Congratulations! You’ve finally decided to take the plunge and compete in a powerlifting meet. However, there are so many questions to be answered. What federation should you compete in? How do you prepare? What do you do on meet day? My goal with this series is to give you an idea […]

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Your First Meet: Part II Getting Diesel

Originally Posted on www.elitefitnesssystems.com In part one of this series, we covered how to develop goals and find a meet that will work for you. In part two, we’re going to cover the actual training program and other aspects of a successful training regimen. Developing a training program While I could easily write a series […]

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