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Deadlift Isometrics

Using a barbell and a power rack, you can do deadlift isometrics that can directly increase your deadlifting ability. But you must understand your weak points to know which isometrics will work best. For most people, the sticking point in the deadlift is right below or above the knees. If that’s the case, then isometrics […]

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6 Strength Training Measuring Sticks

How do you match up? While you shouldn’t necessarily compare yourself to other people out there, it can be useful from time to time.These six measuring sticks can be helpful guidelines for how you might want to structure your training and what your weak points might be. Deadlift – Bodyweight X 2 Back Squat – […]

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An Old Lift for Improved Gains

A new guest article was put up at Breaking Muscle a couple of days ago. Old-time Strongman for New Strength: The Jefferson Deadlift I might like the Jefferson deadlift more than any other version of the deadlift. Yet this amazing exercise is seldom seen in most gyms. My goal with this article is simple. I […]

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5 Day Structural Attack

The biggest and most pervasive training idea out there is that you have to FORCE your body to adapt to get stronger and build muscle. This is not true. Your body adapts to what you do regardless of whether force is used or not. This is the idea behind biofeedback training, greasing the groove, practicing […]

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Strongman Competition WIN!

I’m very pleased to announce I took 1st place in the Men’s Light Weight division at the Santa Cruz Strength Strongman Challenge 2 this past Saturday. It was a hard-fought battle and I’ll be sharing every detail and video I have with you here in this article. Preparation for the Contest One day when I […]

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Bent Press with a dumbbell by John Young Smith

John Y. Smith

John Y. Smith was a strongman born in 1866 who lost both parents at the age of four. He spent next 25 years working on ships where he grew up, only to retired at the age of 29 and start weightlifting a year later. Unlike most oldtime strongmen, John Y. Smith didn’t start training as […]

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Bob Peoples on the Deadlift

Another post in Strongman Profile series has just been put up on Breaking Muscle. Strongman Profile: Bob Peoples Schools Us on the Deadlift Bob Peoples deadlifted 725lbs at 181lbs bodyweight and at the age of forty. This was back in the 1949, on his farm, with limited training equipment, and before the deadlift became popular. Although […]

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