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5 Keys to Successful Strength Training

Staying true to my theme from Monday’s post, today I want to talk about the long-term development of young athletes. Last night for part of my continuing education time, I was brushing up on som materials by the Russian powerlifting coach Boris Sheiko. If you don’t know anything about Sheiko – Google the man. He’s […]

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The Myth of Neutral Spine

Neutral spine is a myth. Or at least, the way we currently have this concept burned into our brains is at least a little flawed. Let me explain… When you set someone up to squat or deadlift effectively, there is most definitely a “neutral” position you want them in. I believe this is the optimal […]

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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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Round Back Deadlifts

(Photo Courtesy of Steve Gabrielsen) The arguments for and against round back deadlifting have been around for ages. Recently, however, it seems as though the back-and-forth banter has reached epic proportions. As a result, we’re left with numerous questions: Should the average fitness enthusiast perform round back deadlifts? Are we stronger this way? Are round […]

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YOUR Deadlift Questions Answered!

This past week, I asked a very simple question on both my standard Facebook page, as well as my Fan Page: “I’m writing an article on the differences between trap bar, sumo and conventional deadlifts. What questions do you guys have about these lifts?”

The response was overwhelming, and not everything fit into the article. However, I didn’t want to leave you guys hanging. So if you asked a question, I’m going to answer it right here. Enjoy!

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Q&A: 90-90 Split-Squats

Mike – I noticed in your Single-Leg Solution that Lance isn’t always setting up in the 90-90 split-squat position you have discussed before. Why is that? Thanks! This is a great question, and in all honesty, I’ve been meaning to write a blog post about it for months now, so here goes!

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Speed Work? Or Technique Work?

The other day I was having a discussion with IFAST Olympic-lifter Adam Coons, and we got started on the topic of speed work. Adam is a guy that’s been putting in a lot of hard work under the bar, and he has recently started using some dynamic effort training in his programming. Speed work has […]

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Q&A: Back Soreness After Deadlifts

Q: I get lower back soreness after I deadlift, especially with lower reps and heavier weight. I’m pretty sure my form is good but I also want to make sure I’m not injuring my back. Thanks for your help! A: This is a great question and one that I literally get weekly, so I figured […]

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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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The Bell Curve of Lifting Arousal

A few weeks back, there was a pretty epic training session at IFAST. Our “Meathead Training Hour” (as I’ve come to call it) is always the most intense training time at our gym, but there was just something in the air that that took this workout to the next level. Along the way, I was […]

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Improving Your Glute-Ham Raise

Glute-ham raises are one of my favorite exercises. Whether your goal is to run fast, lift heavy stuff, or simply to keep your hammies healthy, glute-hams can help you achieve that goal. Unfortunately, the glute-ham raise is often performed incorrectly. The video above should help depict proper performance, and how to get more out of […]

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Coaching Neutral Neck

Last week, we discussed why neutral spine is important – not only for keeping injuries at bay, but for improving your performance as well. Far too often, people assume that neutral spine means ONLY the thoracic and lumbar spine, and totally forget about the cervical spine, or neck region.

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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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The Kettlebell Armbar

Since I know everyone loves kettlebell stuff, I figured this would be a great time to talk about kettlebell arm bars. Arm bars are an exercise that very few people seem to know about and/or perform. Kettlebell arm bars are fantastic for a few reasons:

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Bodybuilding Back for Healthy Shoulders

A common theme I see in the gym is when people mindlessly blow through their upper back work. Whether it’s rows, chins, or even something as simple as a face pull, people don’t put in the focus necessary to really develop the muscles surrounding their shoulder blades. At best, you’re leaving some upper back development […]

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