Recently I've been getting lots of requests for form checks on the basic barbell lifts, and I want to show you what that looks like. Below is a link to a video from John, a member of my Facebook group for men 50 and up interested in strength training. In the video he performs the overhead press, and wanted some feedback on his technique. Click here to watch the video of his lift, then keep reading below for John's explanation of his lift and my suggestions to him.
In this article, I’ll talk about the classic exercise known as the deadlift. If you’d like to get stronger, this will be of help to you. If the word “deadlift” fills you with fear, then it’ll be an education, too.
Recently I decided to compete in my first official powerlifting competition, scheduled for Spring 2019. If you're unfamiliar with powerlifting, it's a barbell strength sport involving 3 different lifts: squat, bench press and deadlift. The decision to compete has given me new drive and focus in my training, and has caused me to make some adjustments to my routine. The video below is the first in a series I'll be doing and why.
I believe there's an important line to be drawn between training for general strength and health, and training to be the very strongest you can be in a few select movements. That line is what I'll be drawing here, in the form of the following points.
Despite greater access than ever before to valid and informative scientific research, it seems a great many people are still very confused when it comes to separating health and fitness facts from fiction. This article is my humble attempt to bedunk several of the most common strength, health and fitness myths I encounter in my work as a strength coach. Keep reading to discover the truth.
Lately I've been answering lots of great questions posted in my Facebook group for male strength enthusiasts age 50 and up. I've shared some of these questions with you before, and this week I got two that I think you'll find particularly valuable and interesting. Click here to read two insightful Q&A's that will help increase your education regarding strength, fitness, and nutrition.
The barbell is the most important tool in any gym, and the quality of your barbell gives an accurate reading on the quality of the gym as a whole. That's why I decided to upgrade my barbell recently. My old bars served me well for a long time, but I've now gotten strong enough that they were threatening to get bent out of shape under heavy loads. I purchased a new high-end bar from Rogue fitness. Here's a video with my first impressions and observations of the new barbell.
For years, I followed the latest muscle building and fat loss diet trends religiously. I got some decent results, too. Trouble was, like many followers of the latest, trendy diets, I missed the big picture. Allow me to explain. Here are three reasons I don’t follow any specific “diet“ anymore, and if you’re into strength, health, and fitness for the long haul, why I don’t think you should, either.
The deadlift is a fundamental strength movement. The ability to bend over and pick up something heavy is an essential trait for convenience and quality of life. Deadlifting is also a way to test yourself like no other. My latest “test” was 405 lbs x 6.