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In HD Videos, Powerlifting

November 20, 2011

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“This is a perfect workout for sports,” says Louie Simmons, owner of Westside Barbell in Columbus, Ohio. “The volume is going to be extremely high and the intensity zone extremely low—about 40-45 percent.”

The speed bench-press workout consists of 16 sets of 3 reps using 185 lb. on the bar and 85 lb. of bands at the top of the lift. Lifters press every 30 seconds for 4 sets, then rest 1 minute and repeat. The sets are performed using different grip… Continue Reading

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Single?

By Bill Starr

In Olympic Lifts, Powerlifting

November 16, 2011

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Bill Starr explains how to sensibly integrate limit lifts into a strength program.

There are definitely two schools of thought in terms of doing singles in a strength routine. Some coaches believe athletes shouldn’t do them at all because they pose a much higher risk of injury than higher reps.

I’m very much in favor of utilizing singles in any strength program, and this includes programs for females and young athletes. Older… Continue Reading

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Getting Too Comfortable

By Jason Khalipa

In Coaching, Olympic Lifts, Powerlifting

September 19, 2011

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CrossFit Games 2008 champ Jason Khalipa says lifting heavy takes a special environment.

Several months ago, I competed in a powerlifting competition in Northern California. As a CrossFitter, I knew going in that my numbers would be nowhere near the numbers the powerlifters would put up, especially those wearing gear. But I wanted to take myself out of my comfort zone and put myself in an… Continue Reading

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In Olympic Lifts, Powerlifting

August 26, 2011

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Bill Starr explains how to create a strong, balanced upper body.

There was a time in the not-so-distanct past when everyone who lifted weights possessed wide, powerful shoulders. Bodybuilders were actually strength athletes back in the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, and all of them believed wide shoulders added to their physiques. And they were right.

The reason why athletes in a wide variety of sports possessed such imposing shoulders is… Continue Reading

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Squat Heavy and Often

By Chris Moore

In Powerlifting, Rest Day/Theory

August 15, 2011

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Powerlifting affiliate owner Chris Moore challenges the CrossFit community to train strength way more often.

For some reason, I recently recalled a memory of watching Kickboxer, the old Jean-Claude Van Damme fight-fest. I don’t remember much about the plot, and I really don’t care to. The movie’s probably as terrible now as it was then. But I’ll tell you what was great about it: the training montage.

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In Powerlifting

July 01, 2011

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Mark Bell explains how you can lift more weight by lifting less weight.

When you first get into strength training, it’s to get chicks or to make the football team—which could also lead to chicks. In addition, you also realized that with a better and stronger body you can probably kick the crap out of that jerk who punted your New York Jets football into the woods and then ride… Continue Reading

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In Powerlifting, Reference

June 22, 2011

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Legendary powerlifter Louie Simmons explains the methods that have brought success and records to Westside Barbell lifters.

I was always stronger a week or two after a meet or a week or two before the meet but very seldom on meet day. The Soviets had coaches, like Matveyev, who realized there was a much better method of planning. There has always been controversy over who came up with wave… Continue Reading

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In Olympic Lifts, Powerlifting

May 18, 2011

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Bill Starr explains a simple way to plan a week’s worth of lifting for maximum gains.

Knowing how to utilize the heavy, light and medium system in your strength program is perhaps one of the most important things you can do to ensure ongoing success.

What the system basically does is prevent overtraining. In the very beginning, it really isn’t all that important. Whenever I start… Continue Reading

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