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IATBP Is Transforming Powerlifting and Bodybuilding For Trans And Nonbinary Lifters

Powerlifters and bodybuilders — athletes across strength sports, really — have been struggling with the lack of competition and in person camaraderie during the Coronavirus pandemic. That loss has been tough on many folks’ mental health. As strength athletes, we plan our goals and dreams around the cycles of increased joy, excitement, and community that …

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Why Ivan Makarov Will Break Thor Bjornsson’s Deadlift World Record

It’s fair to say that Thor Bjornsson’s 501 kg deadlift this summer season was the most well-known deadlift of all time. We ‘d venture that it’s more well-known than Eddie Hall’s 500 kg deadlift, offered the reality that it’s the present world record, it was broadcast live on ESPN– on tv, where genuine individuals enjoy …

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4 Hanging Band Exercises That Can Improve Your Powerlifts

Remember the ‘functional training’ craze when people were squatting and pressing on all kinds of unstable surfaces? Barbell squats on Swiss balls? The thought was they achieved better muscle activation and being unstable was more ‘functional’. The idea of adding instability to lifts is sound, but in some cases it is poorly executed and dangerous. …

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Pros and Cons of the Safety Squat Bar for Front Squats

In the last few years, the front squat has gotten a revival as a significant training lift for strength sports other than competitive weightlifting. Together with this rise in appeal came a variation with a safety squat bar(SSB) that is much easier for numerous professional athletes to perform without yielding the advantages of the movement. …

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How To Go Back To The Gym The Wrong Way

Figuring out when to go back to the gym isn’t about you — it’s about everyone around you. But as gyms reopen in states across the country, getting back to the gym is probably on your mind. When you do eventually go back, you’ve got to make sure you’re doing it right — which includes …

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3 Exercises You Can Do On the Floor to Become a Better Powerlifter

Being on the flooring is how you found out to move as a baby and going back to the flooring can assist you work around injuries and get you stronger for the Big 3. (That’s the squat, bench, and deadlift– the competitors motions in powerlifting.) The floor offers you with stability, feedback, and a reduced …

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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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