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Get A Bigger Back: Vertical Pulls

Get A Bigger Back: Vertical Pulls1. Internally Rotated -> Externally Rotated 2. Depress And Pull With Lats 3. Use Full RoM 4. Bring You Or The Bar To Your Chest 5. Elbows Go Out To In Its all about the BACK. The back is an area with both big and small muscles so it is sometimes hard to...

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The Best Assistance Exercise You’re Not Doing

Best Assistance Exercise You’re Not Doing What we find is that people usually tend to ignore is accessory work. Either they do none or they go over the top and do too much. For powerlifting purposes, long term, accessories help you in the 2,3,5 year term versus the 4 week cycle hoping to...

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5 Simple Tips For Fat Loss

We have covered it before but we wanted to cover it again as it is always good to have these in mind while getting ready for or starting your summer shred! These are things you want to have in addition to programming and diet not standalone. Tip number 1: Stop Drinking Your Calories! Stop...

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Single Arm Lat Pulldown

Single Arm Lat Pulldown This is one of the most underrated movements that targets our lats. It is something we have been doing more and more. This movement is perfect for those that don’t get a lot of stimulation from traditional compound back movements, not everyone will get great back...

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Deadlifting Basics - What Everyone Should Know

What You Need To Know Today we want to focus on the Deadlift and essentially, how do we do it. We have two style of deadlifts, Conventional and Sumo. If deadlifts are new to you or you are just starting out we suggest you start with conventional. Starting with conventional deadlifts will...

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Why You Are Doing Dips Wrong (And How To Fix It) Ft. Alberto Nunez

Why Dips? Dips are a movement that are not talked about nearly enough and can be a great addition to your arsenal of movements. The main issue that comes with doing dips is the risk of getting shoulder pain, sternum pain or even not feeling like you got anything from the movement. If this...

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QUIT BENCHING LIKE A BRO: How To Stop Heaving

Heaving into a bench press is when you are losing tightness and letting the bar drop onto your stomach or sternum. You pull the bar into you, letting that shoulder internally rotate a bit, and then you chuck it back up. Losing Tension Can: Cause an injury. Loose out on strength...

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Why And How To Use A Belt

Why And How To Use A BeltWhy should you use a belt? When do we actually use a belt and how do we do so? Well, belts can be used on Squat, Bench, Deadlift and Overhead press and you could even curl with them. The belt increases your intra abdominal pressure by giving you something to brace...

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Increase Your Deadlift: Stance Width

<span class="redactor-invisible-space"></span><span class="redactor-invisible-space"></span><span class="redactor-invisible-space"></span> Obviously, there is sumo and conventional deadlifts and there are a million variations in between because everyone is...

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​Building Muscle, Building Strength… What's The Correlation? Ft. Eric Helms

So how does it really work? Why do you see some jacked people with no strength at all? Why are there people who are really strong but with no muscle? Why do two people start the same program but don’t get the same results? Does building more muscle have more potential in building strength or...

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