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Are Pistol Squats Bad for You?

A subscriber sent me this article by Dr. Joel Seedman, Ph.D. talking about how pistol squats are bad for you, and asked my thoughts on it. It’s fairly long, but if you want to read it for yourself you can find it here. If you don’t want to read it, or just as a quick […]

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Sledgehammer Leverage with 16 lb. Hammer

How to Swing a Hammer (aka The Importance of Technique)

This past weekend I went to the NorCal Renaissance Faire with my family and friends. Always a fun time! And one event stands out as something worth sharing regarding strength. They have a bunch of games there such as throwing javelins and shooting crossbows. There is also the classic swing a hammer carnival game to […]

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Full Range One Arm Hanging Leg Raises

This has been a goal of mine for I don’t know how long, to achieve full range one arm hanging leg raises. This video captures the first reps I’ve ever done. Now, this was never a primary goal for me. Maybe even tertiary. Something I wanted to get but was not really focusing my training […]

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The Case Against Personal Trainers

Today, I want to make my case AGAINST hiring a personal trainer. This might seem like an odd thing to do considering I used to be one, but I stand by the case I’m about to make. First, why do people hire personal trainers? It really only comes down to a couple legitimate reasons… 1. […]

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Full Range Handstand Pushup with 30 lb. Weight Vest

My first time ever doing a full range handstand pushup with a weight vest on. Here it was loaded up with 30 lbs. As you can see I barely made it through the sticking point, but I did make it so I’m quite happy with this new PR. As I’ve been working more with full […]

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Back Bridge Progressions

The back bridge, also known as gymnast bridge or hand bridge, is an amazing bodyweight exercise that can’t be replicated in any other way. When it comes to spine and shoulder strength and flexibility combined it just can’t be beat. In this article, I’ll be laying out some of the back bridge progressions that you […]

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Ultimate Guide to Bodyweight Ab Exercises

How to do Hanging Leg Raises

There are multiple methods on how to do hanging leg raises. That’s HLR for short. To do an HLR you’ll need a bar you can hang from. Ideally, it is something you can fully hang from without your feet hitting the ground. While you can do these with something shorter, not allowing for full extension […]

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Wrestler’s Bridge Basics

Recently a customer asked about bridging and after searching I realized I didn’t have a good article simply covering the basics. This one covers the wrestler’s bridge and a future article will go into the gymnast or hand bridge. The wrestler’s bridge is by no means a new exercise. It has been around for many […]

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Back Pain

Chiropractic vs. Mobility

I have a friend that has had an on-again, off-again spine issue for…well, years now. Sometimes, it’s not bad at all. But other times it’s horrible. Sometimes it makes it so that her leg falls asleep when she’s trying to sleep, which stops her from being able to sleep. Kinda ironic, isn’t it? Lately, it’s […]

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Warren Lincoln Travis Back Lift

Warren Lincoln Travis was one of the “World’s Strongest Men” back at the turn of the previous century. For years he was an attraction at Coney Island where you could see him perform a wide range of feats of strength, such as the back lift here. https://youtu.be/_RXhrr26c4Q The back lift is not often seen these […]

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