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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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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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“Young was I once, I walked alone, and bewildered seemed in the way;then I found the temple of iron and rich, I thought me, for being jacked is the joy of man.” - OdinThere is something powerful about having a solid bench/overhead press. Having the ability to take a heavy ass object and put it above you is the absolute best.Here are 7 tips to help you press more weight and add some size to your upper body.#1Don't Fuck With The Smith Machine:To understand why you should avoid the smith machine, first, you need to be clear on the path...

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When it comes to training efficiency and developing whole-body muscle mass and strength, compound lifts (squat, bench, deadlift, etc.) need no introduction. The fact is, while isolation exercises do play a role in training and offer some great benefits, compound lifts should be the core of your training. Today, we’ll take a look at exactly why that is. Train Multiple Muscle Groups At The Same Time This is perhaps the most significant and most apparent benefit. You see, compound exercises are amazing mass-builders because you train multiple muscle groups at the same time and can lift heavier weights when compared...

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You’re at the gym. You’ve warmed up. You’re ready to lie on the bench and start pressing. When suddenly, your elbow starts giving you trouble. Ah, it’s going to be another mediocre workout.There’s nothing worse than being pumped for an excellent workout only to have your enthusiasm muted by sudden joint discomfort. Sadly, joint pain is among the most common problems strength athletes face. But what can we do about it? Push through the pain and hope for the best? No, too much risk.Today, we’ll take a look at three tactics you can use to deal with joint pain safely...

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