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 Bodybuilding.com, Dean trains a variety ...
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You have no doubt gathered, through all of the powerlifting posts lately, that I love deadlifting. Like…love it. So much so that I built an entire speech around it this past summer. From my “Embrace Your Bigness” talk: “The deadlift is a simple lift, but an important one. My husband, David Dellanave, describes the deadlift as anti-aging. Think […]
I’ll be totally honest with you: I love the bench press. Yes, I also love to squat and deadlilft (hello big plates and big buns!) but the bench press snags me in a very specific way. In my opinion, it’s a lift that puts just as much, if not more, emphasis on technique as it does on […]
One lesson I’ve learned as a coach is to never assume a client already knows something (about lifting, that is!). It often takes the combination of verbal instruction, demonstrating a movement (sometimes more than once, both what to do and what not to do), and using tactile cues, and afterwards I’ll hear, “That makes sense!” Different cues […]
There are two deadlift variations allowed in a powerlifting meet: the sumo deadlift and the conventional deadlift. (No Jefferson, which I think is a real shame.) For the sumo deadlift your foot position is wider (somewhere between just outside of shoulder-width apart and as wide as toes touching the plates) and your conventional foot position […]
Did you know the bench press is also a lower-body movement? Your legs play a role in building a stronger, more powerful bench press. This latest tip is an easy one that has a big impact. You may have heard Jen quote her good friend Maya Winters, strongman-national-champion-turned-competitive-powerlifter, when she says, “The bench press isn’t a press. […]
Here’s the great thing about powerlifting, and lifting weights in general: There are always new things to learn and new cues to layer in to continue making your lifts strong, safe, and powerful. In our first “Becoming Unapologetically Powerful” video, “Hand and Elbow Position for the Back Squat,” we talked about the importance of upper-back tension […]