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Powerlifting for Women: Train to Your Strengths

Photo cred: Martin Rittenberry  It’s a question I am asked often: Should women train differently than men in powerlifting? For the most part, the answer is no, because when you ...

Pull-Up and Chin-Up Variations: What Works What

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Editor’s Note: Today’s post is from someone I’ve bonded with over the years over our experience of being athletes and trainers who share a fierce love of new challenges. Meghan Callaway is a fount of fitness ideas and experience, covering a wide range of topics under the strength umbrella with extraordinary rigor and thoroughness.  Today’s post […]

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Listen, maybe today’s not the day, OK?   Hi, my name is JVB. I’m 39, just a few months shy of turning 40, and I’ve just now started paying attention to my period. (Are you eye-rolling so hard at me right now? I am.) The truth is I’m very lucky: ever since I got my […]

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Do It Better: Barbell Deadlift

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Do It Better: Bench Press

  I love to write love letters about the bench press, and hunker down, because this is juicy one. Not so secretly, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that you’re on board with getting better at this lift because my dream scenario includes women who are fanning out and claiming their benches in gyms all over, […]

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Do It Better: Back Squats

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