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​Holiday Fat Loss: It's a war

Holiday Fat Loss: It's a war ITS A WAR! For as long as fitness social media has been popular (8ish years) we have constantly been bombarded with information on how to attack our diet/nutritional strategies for the holidays. One side is telling us to not track, take the mental break and YOLO....

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Bench Press: To Arch Or Nah

The Bench Press To Arch Or Nah "Stop arching you cheater, you're not even working your pecs! I could easily bench 655lbs if I did a gymnastic back bridge with a barbell as well." We hear this same line, over and over again and although social media has grown the sport of powerlifting a ton,...

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Squat: Highbar vs. Lowbar

Squat: Highbar vs. Lowbar Duel to the death(continuation from instagram)! Highbar vs low bar. There always seems to be an obsession with people wanting to make blanket statements on what is best for every lifter. Truth is there is a time and place for many exercises depending on the...

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Cardio Is Making You Weak!

Cardio Is Making You Weak! Over the years of coaching I get so many questions that require more details about the athlete before we can answer. Cardio or how to stay “fit” while powerlifting is a big one. The main detail we need to start with and you always need to keep in mind is; “what are...

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Do You Use Supplements?

Do You Use Supplements? A wise man once told me, maybe you're born with it or maybe it's creatine. 12 years ago, there was very little science based information to be found on the internet. Young Mikey wanted to get really really jacked and ended up wasting hundreds of dollars on supplements...

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How To Stay Motivated

How To Stay Motivated The key to mastering any skill or talent is longevity. The old adage of 10,000 hours to become an expert holds fairly true. Lifting, strength and attaining your physique goals are no different. The difficult part is how do we stay motivated or better yet build the...

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#1 Tip For An Insanely Strong Overhead Press

#1 Tip For An Insanely Strong Overhead Press We all know that everyone’s favorite lift is, no exceptions, the overhead press. Seriously though, I love the overhead press and this article is for those like me who also have a near obsession with gaining numbers on the bar and getting...

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Diet Adherence

Diet Adherence We all know the key to reaching our goals inside and outside of fitness is long term adherence. When it comes to nutrition and food however this becomes very difficult for many of us. The media seems to have agendas pushing one diet or another and claiming some foods will...

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​Understanding Exercises And Why We Do Them

Understanding Exercises And Why We Do Them Programming is a very complex process that has to take into account tons of different factors, then outline a plan of attack to most efficiently reach our goals. One of the main choices in the beginning of the process is exercise selection. First...

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Recovery Is Misunderstood

Recovery Is Misunderstood The fitness industry like many other areas of life, usually comes in waves and history tends to repeats itself. Over the past decade the idea of “recovery” via supplements, massage tools and cannabis extracts seem to be the majority of hot products circling social...

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