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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… 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… Continue Reading

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Dead On

By Chris Mason

In Powerlifting

April 28, 2011

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Chris Mason offers a program designed for CrossFitters who want to improve their deadlifts without compromising overall fitness.

CrossFit and a big deadlift … .

Thus far, we have not seen too many competitive CrossFit athletes with a big pull. I firmly believe this relates to how CrossFitters normally attempt to integrate strength training with their CrossFit programming. The purpose of this article is to provide an effective alternative that will both build your… Continue Reading

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Dynamic-Effort Day at Westside Barbell Part 4

By Louie Simmons and Brandon Lilly

In Powerlifting, Videos

April 15, 2011

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In Part 4 of the Dynamic-Effort series, Westside Barbell’s Louie Simmons hits the rack for pin pulls against 250 lb. of band tension.

Simmons, 64, is doing 3 reps for 10 sets with 225 lb. loaded on the bar, and he’s going every 30 seconds—at least until he decides that’s too much rest.

The key to the movement is generating speed as fast as possible. Pull quickly and you’ll “outrun” the increasing bad tension at the top… Continue Reading

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In Powerlifting

April 13, 2011

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Mark Bell takes a closer look at the deadlift to help you blow through your sticking points.

Deadlifts are considered by many to the ultimate test of brute strength. The deadlift is simple, right? Just bend down and pick the damn thing up.

If only it were that easy.

In powerlifting, a lot of hours are spent refining form and developing efficiency. Powerlifting, unfortunately, has become a game of inches (and I’m not talking… Continue Reading

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In Competition, Powerlifting, Videos

March 26, 2011

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CrossFit Pleasanton recently hosted the Southern Powerlifting Federation’s 4-in-1 Powerlifting Event, which included divisions for CrossFit, raw, and single-ply and double-ply suits.

Competing in the event was none other than Mark Bell, one of the top bench-pressers in the world. Bell is owner of Super Training Gym and is running CrossFit Powerlifting Seminars on the West Coast.

With a PR of 854 lb., Bell said he was going to try… Continue Reading

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