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The Deadlift That Doesn’t Break Your Back

October 6th, 2015

Everybody wants to deadlift, but most probably shouldn’t. I’ve seen more successful pick-ups in gyms than I’ve seen properly performed deadlifts, and most of those ended less painfully, too.   There’s nothing inherently wrong with the conventional deadlift. If you can perform it correctly, particularly when the weight gets heavy, more power to you: it’s […]

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How I’ve Been Training Since Life Started Sucking

September 23rd, 2015

I hurt my shoulder. No, it wasn’t from benching or setting a new PR with five, 10, or 20 more pounds than I should have been using. It was while doing a Turkish getup (and, as my friend Ben Bruno said when I told him, “it serves you right for doing Turkish getups”).   Ironically, […]

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Fit All Your Favorite Lifts In 3 Days

September 14th, 2015

Most powerlifting workout programs call for 4 days of training per week. Bodybuilding routines often require 5 or even 6 days of workouts. The general thinking is that, to build muscle and strength, you need to do a lot of exercises—especially the squat, bench, deadlift, and overhead press—and you need at least 4 training days […]

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Get More Pullups

August 31st, 2015

I must have written at least 50 articles for fitness magazines over the years on how to get more pullups. Next to building the bench press and getting bigger arms and sharper abs, there’s probably no other goal that people want more than to increase their pullup number.   Here’s the best of everything I […]

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How To Make Rice Taste Like Anything Else But

August 21st, 2015

When I write a diet for a new coaching client, one of the first questions I get is “Do I really need to eat this many carbs?” Whether they’re trying to gain or lose weight, I always have them take in a lot of carbs to maintain glycogen levels. This can be 300, 400, or […]

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