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USAPL Announces Hometown Showdown, Over $30k In Prizes

USA Powerlifting recently announced the launch of the 2020 USA Powerlifting Hometown Showdown, a national powerlifting competition that will be administered on a local level. USAPL cancelled all Youth, Open, Bench and Raw Nationals earlier this year due to safety concerns surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic. The Hometown Showdown is USAPL’s creative way of continuing safe …

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3 Foolproof Ways to Never Have a Bad Workout Again (Seriously!)

We’ve all been there.  You head into the gym feeling great, your warmups move like butter, and then…everything somehow goes wrong. You miss your top set, or your technique falls apart, or – god forbid – you even get injured.   Bad days suck, and there’s no way around that fact.  But there are ways to …

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Back to the Gym? Use This Professional Powerlifter’s 3-Step Plan!

As gyms start to reopen across the United States, you’ll see a lot of lifters getting back into things after a long layoff of doing…well, doing nothing. My guess is they’ll be a little frustrated at first, seeing how much their strength has dropped off.  That’s not exactly a hot take – but here is …

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3 At Home Exercises EVERY Lifter Should Do (Plus a Program!)

Okay, let’s face facts: you’re probably not going to have a lot of gym access this month. Hopefully, you have a nice home setup where you can still squat, bench press, and deadlift. But let’s say you’re not quite so fortunate, and you’re stuck doing bodyweight training. Does that mean you’re SOL? Of course not! …

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Chase the Pump, a Powerlifter’s Guide to Arm Training

Most powerlifters I know do a lot of curls – but they’re typically of the 12-ounce variety rather than anything more productive. I think a lot of that stems from Ed Coan’s infamous quote about biceps being like ornaments on a Christmas tree: they might look nice, but they’re not good for much else. I …

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3 Strategies Every Lifter Can Use to Stay Productive At Home

Unless you literally live under a rock in the middle of the rainforest you know how much the COVID-19 epidemic is upsetting daily life around the world. Without getting into the political aspects of the matter, I want to acknowledge how difficult and frustrating this type of disruption can be for a diligent fitness advocate …

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Three Alternative Methods to Build Strength and Size When Progress Stalls

For numerous strength professional athletes, progression is an uncomplicated concept and appears like the following: Start with linear development (e.g., StrongLifts) Implement periodization (like in my 12- week intermediate program) Add sophisticated ideas (DUP, conjugate techniques, etc.) Those three steps will take most lifters pretty close to their ultimate potential. That’s a pretty basic issue …

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