Monthly Archives: July 2013

Deadlift Assistance Work

A quick rundown of my favorite assistance movements to build a stronger deadlift.

Some Supplements That Don’t Suck

A quick selection of a few supplements that might actually be beneficial. Stop wasting money on terrible supplements though!

Ankle Mobility

One of the key components to build a strong foundation – for squatting, running and all sorts of other movements – is good ankle mobility. This article covers a few ways to improve it.

Barbell Row 101

One of the best compound barbell movements to train your entire back is the barbell row. Two general types of the bent over barbell row – the Pendlay Row and the Yates Row – are shown in tutorials. Other rowing movements and methods to improve rowing form are included in the article as well.

Video and Articles of the Week

The Video of the Week from Elliott Hulse describes a situation when you should back off a little bit with your training. A couple recent articles about training are also shared in this post.

Natalya Kuzmina is a Strong Woman – Videos

Female powerlifter Natalya Kuzmina from Kazakhstan recently hit IPF world records in the squat, bench, deadlift, and total for women at 84kg/185lbs at IPF Worlds in Russia. There are also videos of her best lifts in a meet so far this year. Prepare to be amazed!

Hip Mobility

In this article, I’ll be covering some basic stretches and exercises to improve hip mobility. Healthy hips are important both in everyday life and also at the gym or in various sports, so there is really no reason not to make it a priority to at least have decent hip mobility.

How Successful People Train – Video

A video from Elliott Hulse about how successful people train. Cliffs are included in the article, if you don’t have the time to watch the whole video.

Awesome Lifting-Related Reading Material

Another great selection of lifting and nutrition articles found around the Web, including an awesome one from Brandon Lilly called ‘Fight Club’.

Lifting Shoes

This article will cover what shoes you should wear for lifting weights. A lot of good Oly lifting shoes are covered and also some shoes without heel lifts, and even Crossfit shoes. The reason why you shouldn’t wear cushioned sneakers to lift is also discussed. There are some awesome socks at the bottom as well!

Gym T-Shirts

Some t-shirts you could consider wearing to the gym. A few of them are awesome in a stupid way and the rest are just badass all around.

Beyond 5/3/1 Kindle Edition Available

If you haven’t grabbed yourself a copy of the new Jim Wendler book ‘Beyond 5/3/1’, then now is definitely the time to do so. It’s available for $9.99!

Thoracic Mobility 101

Often simply called the T-Spine or mid-back, the Thoracic Spine is a very important part in many movement patterns. This is particularly of interest to people who lift weights, because a stiff T-Spine will lead to problems with the deadlift, squat, OHP, etc. (even your bench press can be affected). Find out how to improve your Thoracic Spine mobility.

Overhead Press Basics

In this article, I’ll cover the Overhead Press, which you may have seen abbreviated as OHP or referred to as the Military Press. It is a movement where you stand up straight and press a barbell over your head without momentum generated by your legs (which is a Push Press). It seems like a straightforward shoulder movement, but it’s actually much more than that when performed correctly.

Beyond 5/3/1 Paperback Book

The new Beyond 5/3/1 book by Jim Wendler is now available as a paperback copy on Amazon.

Good Reading Material for the Week

Good articles published on various lifting sites in the past week (give or take). One article by Jordan Syatt covers some important fat loss and mass gain basics.

You Lift, Bro? Stop Lion to Yourself, Bro

This image is awesome.

Strength Camp Camo Tank Tops for Sale

I guess asking Elliott Hulse over and over again where you can buy one of his strengthcamp tank tops has paid off, because he’s finally selling them.