Training

Should You Train For Strength, Power, or Both?

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Take it back to 2014 with me for a second. Powerlifting has officially emerged from the shadows with the help of Youtube and social media. Someone peculiar enters the scene by the name of George Leeman. Why did this young guy turn so many heads and gain so much attention from the powerlifting world in a few short years? He had a seemingly inhuman, sent-from-hell type of strength based on principles of extremely heavy hypertrophy training; he was at the helm of blending true strength and power. He was 22 with 500-pound rows for 20 reps, 900-pound shrugs for 20...

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The Reality of Weight Training

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“There are a good many people needing physical exercise and wishing to become strong but lack the necessary time. They must adapt their exercises according to circumstance.” -George Hackenschmidt. World class strongman & wrestler. 1908 George and his counterparts, such as Eugen Sandow and Arthur Saxon, knew a lot about how one's lifestyle had to match their training and vice versa way back in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. They knew a great deal around the importance of matching their training to their lifestyle, stress levels, sleep, the use of ice baths for recovery purposes, their diet and staying...

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How Daily Cold Showers Can Improve Your Life

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Have you ever taken the plunge into a body of cold water and experienced the feeling of aliveness that comes with it? No, I’m not talking about the shock that you experienced by doing something uncomfortable - I’m talking about that invigorating feeling that floods your body saying, “God damn! I’m definitely alive!” In fact, what could make you feel more alive than doing something that instantly pushes you out of your comfort zone? In our first-world modern lives, we have the convenience and comfort of never-ending hot water at our fingertips. Often, we forget what a privilege it is...

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Lifting Variations That Will Improve Your Squat and Deadlift

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When performing the big barbell movements, there’s debate as to which method is most effective. So which movement should you train? The real answer: all of them. Deadlift: Sumo vs. Conventional?  Squat: High Bar or Low Bar? Let’s define the terms. Sumo deadlifts are done with a wide stance, arms placed inside the knee, and places a high demand on the quads and adductors. This also takes a shorter bar path from the floor to the lockout. Conventional deadlifts are done with a close shoulder width or narrower stance, arms outside the knee. This places a higher demand on the...

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How to Break Through Weight Lifting Plateaus

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If you have been training for a while, odds are you have hit a plateau at some point along your path. Maybe you are in one right now and in dire need of reading this very article, or you are new to training and nutrition and can get set off on the right foot saving yourself from an abundance of future frustrations down the road. Many people do not know what to do at the point of a plateau. In fact, most will take the “more is better” approach when coming across one, but over the years I have found...

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