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Training for Balance

Balancing is a movement quality that is sometimes thought of, but not always. On that note, what is involved in training for balance? Gail asks: “I was thinking about what is involved with balance. What I have come up with so far: Strength in certain specific muscles ie- core for cycling & probably most other […]

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Wrist Flexibility Exercises

I put up a new post at Breaking Muscle on Wrist Flexibility with three exercises to help you strengthen wrists and hands. 3 Drills for Building Wrist Flexibility If you’re going to do handstands or many other gymnastic moves, then your hands and wrists can take a beating. Think about it: if you’re on your […]

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Bodyweight Exercises for Shoulders

If your workout consists of mostly bodyweight exercises and your shoulders are lagging behind, or you’re just looking to increase more size to them, then this article might be of use to you. The shoulders lag behind for a lot of people, but fortunately changing hand positioning and load will improve things immensely. This video […]

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Bill St. John

Bill St. John was a famous old-time bodybuilder and strongman who took part in a number of contests and placed second in the Mr. USA contest in 1971. Among things which make Bill interesting is his focus on neck training. One of the exercises he liked to do quite frequently is the dead hang snatch. […]

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Abbye Pudgy Stockton

Abbye “Pudgy” Stockton was a strongwoman born in 1917 in Santa Monica, California. Despite the fact that she weighed around 115 pounds at a height of 5’2″, “Pudgy” got her nickname as a child and it stuck until the end of her days. Abbye and her husband Les Stockton, whom she married in 1941, trained […]

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Bert Assirati

Bartolomeo “Bert” Assirati was a British Heavyweight Champion in wrestling born in 1908 in England. Aside from his impressive professional wrestling career, Assirati very much enjoyed various feats of strength. He set a British record in 1938 when he pulled over a 200 pound barbell at arms length while lying on the back. He was […]

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Charles Atlas

Charles Atlas was born in Italy in 1892 as Angelo Siciliano. He moved to the USA with his parents when he was 13 years old in search for a better life, which turned out to be the right decision later on. Angelo started training after visiting the Brooklyn Art Gallery where he was inspired by […]

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Bernarr Macfadden

Bernarr Macfadden (1868 – 1955) was a famous physical culturist and an advocate of natural food, natural treatment of diseases as well as physical fitness & outdoor exercise. Unlike conventional wisdom, Macfadden proposed a diet high in vegetables and fruit and low in meat and was a big fan of fasting. He even went to […]

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Handstands with Unsual Finger Positions

This comes from Hand Balancing Made Easy. Before reading this book I knew of a few different handstand variations, but this book opened my eyes to so much more. This variation is like a step between doing handstands with hands flat on the floor and doing a handstand on your fist. Open Fist Handstand: To […]

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Best Press Handstand Negative

I’ve been hard at work towards my goal of a straddle press. Specifically I’ve been working my flexibility, negatives and also positives from lowering. Here is my latest attempt from this morning, where I felt in control the entire way down (as opposed to falling at the bottom). Since achieving the tiger bend and over […]

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