Op-Ed

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Hey, Powerlifters – Don’t Be Embarrassed To Continue Group Fitness After Quarantine

If you’re an all-barbells-all-the-time lifter — otherwise known as a “what’s a warmup?” or “whomst is cardio?” lifter — you might well never have stepped foot into a group fitness class. But then the pandemic hit, and even if you have the most wide-ranging array of bodyweight exercises to program for yourself… sometimes working out …

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4 Barbell Exercises You Should Try Adding Bands To

Resistance bands are one of my favorite training accessory tools. Not only can you stretch and train in multiple planes of motion  but adding them to barbell and dumbbell exercises challenges the muscle at the end of the motion where the weight feels the lightest. Because the further the band stretches the greater the resistance which …

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The Tale of the First 1,000lb Bench Press

When I was a child, I was fascinated by feats of strength. Weaned on episodes of World’s Strongest Man and superhero cartoons from an early age, I was, and continue to be, curious about the limits of human strength and endurance. The past two decades of strongman, powerlifting, weightlifting, bodybuilding and CrossFit have reiterated this …

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6 Ways to Modify Powerlifts When the Barbells Are All Taken

In this time of social distancing, low capacity health clubs, and lifters missing the barbell, there is a strong chance that when you’re lifting you either do not have access to a barbell or they’re being used up. Or you may be anxious about using a barbell after someone else. In any case it’s a …

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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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The Historic Road To The First 1000-Pound Deadlift

The past few years have been a wonderful time for strength fans. Between strongmen and powerlifters, figures in the squat, deadlift, and bench press have jumped to previously unimagined levels. Right now, the deadlift has never been so popular — strength fans in the 90s would never have imagined that hundreds of thousands of people …

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Op-Ed: Running is Futile. Why You Shouldn’t Start Running Just Because Gyms Are Closed

Editor’s note: This article is an op-ed. The views expressed herein and in the video are the author’s and don’t always show the views of BarBend. Claims, assertions, viewpoints, and quotes have been sourced exclusively by the author. I just recently made a journey to get groceries. It was unusual. I had been sheltered inside …

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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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Is Sumo Deadlifting Really Cheating? The Final Nail In the Coffin

The sumo deadlift is unfaithful, this phrase is typically tossed around in different powerlifting circles. The debate typically focuses around the differences in variety of movement between the sumo and traditional deadlift styles. The argument is overly simple and sounds something like this … ” The sumo deadlift allows you to move the bar a …

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7 Kettlebell Accessories to Integrate into Your Powerlifting Off Season

One of my favorite things to do after a powerlifting satisfy is dive back into the wide world of kettlebells. The kinds of power-based, heavy ballistic moves that I like to do with kettlebells do not often fit into the training in the 9-12 weeks leading up to a competitors, when you have actually got …

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