Two Strategies to Help You Lift More Weight Today

Editor’s Note: Today’s guest post comes to you from Dean Somerset, an exercise physiologist in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Between writing articles for publications like Men’s Health, T-Nation, and, Dean trains a variety ...

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When I tell people that I’m a powerlifter, I sometimes get the question, “So, like, you get on stage in a bikini?” Oh, goodness no. And that ” goodness no” ...

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