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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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6 Great Bodyweight Exercises for Powerlifters (Try These At Home!)

What happens when we’re matched with an amount of time where equipment might be slightly restricted and we have a need for a consistently high training stimulus? We find ourselves attempting to as creative as possible. For the devoted powerlifter, three movement patterns require to be trained consistently for success: Upper Push Lower Pull Lower …

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5 Lateral Movements Every Powerlifter Should Do

If your feet have ever moved throughout a squat or you can’t find a strong position for your bench press leg drive, you already understand how crucial lateral stability is to the sport of powerlifting. Sure, our bread and butter lifts happen in the sagittal aircraft– our bodies aren’t moving side-to-side at all. Straight up …

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Sling Shot Extreme “X” Vs SBD Knee Sleeves | Who’s the Winner?

There are a lot of different knee sleeve options on the market and it can be overwhelming at times finding the perfect pair for your needs. Factor in that most sleeves come with a fairly hefty price tag and this decision only gets more complicated.  Two of the more popular knee sleeve options for strength …

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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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3 Back Squat Alternatives for Cranky Shoulders

It is challenging to downplay the benefits of back squats for strength athletes. They assist develop the glutes, quads, hips, and need a steady core. Squat strength is necessary for Olympic lifting, deadlifting expertise ( leg drive), and is a suitable motion in basically every sport. Not to mention it’s a practical motion for everyday …

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Julius Maddox’s Favorite Bench-Boosting Accessory Lifts

If you want to be at your best, you should take some time to learn from the best, right? When it comes to the flat barbell bench press, no one is better on the raw version of the classic powerlifting move than Julius Maddox. The 6’3” powerhouse from Kentucky not only broke the all-time world …

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What Do Lifters Mean When They Say Create “Long Arms” In the Deadlift?

An awesome, and sometimes misunderstood cue in the deadlift, is to create long arms. In theory, it seems like a simple cue, right? It’s just means make sure the arms are straight and make them “long” compared to what their length is compared to when there’s any form of flexion at the elbow. Well, yes …

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5 Foolproof Tips to Build a Stronger Deadlift

If there is one thing that’s certain in life, it’s that everyone wants a bigger deadlift. In fact, we would guess that’s the exact reason why you clicked on this article in the first place! One program that can sometimes come along with wanting a bigger deadlift — and ironically at that — is the …

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