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Tendon Strength through Isometrics

The cult of muscle. That is the strength and fitness world that we live in. Few people give any recognition to other bodily tissues that play a role, such as the tendons. Yet, these other tissues are KEY, if you want to be strong. In January’s Strength Health Mind Power Inner Circle newsletter, which goes […]

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Rack Pull vs. Health Lift

This video covers the difference between Rack Pull vs. Health Lift, and why you might want to choose one over the other: The key difference is in the alignment of the spine and legs. In a rack pull, you’re mimicking your deadlift position as you would normally have it, typically in a conventional deadlift. In […]

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An Evolved Bob Hoffman

I’ve been called many things over the years. An evolved Bob Hoffmann is a new one to me! Ed writes in regarding Deceptive Strength: I love this book because it confirmed and reinforced many concepts I either knew or had an “innate” understanding, especially what I know best: Olympic Weightlifting and its support exercises. Also, […]

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Hand Position in Handstand Pushups

Your hand position in handstand pushups is not often addressed, even by those that teach the benefits of this exercise. Yet this small piece of positioning makes a BIG impact. In short, by having your hands out a bit wider, it changes the length of the range of motion, thus making handstand pushups easier. By […]

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Dying Art of Phonebook Ripping

As phonebooks slowly become extinct, you have to be a bit more creative in how you tear them in half. After tearing them for a crowd, I often make a joke, “It’s harder to find a phonebook these days than to rip it in half.” Sadly, this is a dying art, a feat of strength […]

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Diversity of Fitness

Jim sent this in (along with a question for another day): “BTW, a really impressive thing about you and your web site. It is amazing how many different things you have studied. Handstands, heavy partials, old time stuff, bending steel, etc. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone else with such a diverse experience. Great stuff!” […]

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Standard stretching sucks… Here’s what to do about it

The following is a guest article from Peter Tzemis, creator of Anabolic Stretching. Stretching. Most people just don’t do it. And I don’t blame them – considering half the time you feel like your just wasting time sitting in uncomfortable positions. The main problem with conventional stretching programs is that they often work against your […]

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Strict Form vs. Not

A couple weeks ago I put up this popular article all about form, and how it’s really different than most think. And on that note, I wanted to address a similar area. Should you be super strict with your form? Or should you “cheat,” use a bit of “body English,” or, as some might put it, […]

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Joint Strength

Too much attention is put on the muscles, and not enough on the other tissues of the body. In this article, we’re diving deep into the topic of joint strength, a little talked about subject. Now a joint may be considered the synovial cavity, and synovial fluid that fills the inside. But a joint is also […]

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Pain

In the past I’ve talked about how strongmanism is in large part about pain tolerance. For example, one tip from there is “In learning to bend nails, once you get to the point where its starts to hurt and you want to quit, that’s where you need to double your efforts and crush it. That’s […]

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