Monthly Archives: September 2016

Technique Tuesday: What Should You Do Between Sets? (Squat Edition)

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One of the most common questions I’m asked is, “What should you do between sets?”¬†Besides just sitting there and resting (which is totally fine), you can make good use of your rest periods by focusing on one of three things:

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Technique Tuesday: How Wide is Too Wide for Squats and Sumo Deadlifts?

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This week’s Technique Tuesday answers a common question: how wide is TOO wide for squats and sumo deadlifts? One might assume that wider is better because it reduces the range of motion and means you can lift more weight. That’s

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Technique Tuesday: Active vs. Passive Stability During the Squat

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Learning to creative active versus passive stability is an important concept for any lifter. Most people create passive stability, meaning they rely on an end-range position or the bar to create tightness (not always a good thing). From a performance

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What You Get vs. What You Become

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I was listening to the Success Hotline last week on the way to work and had an ah-ha moment. Dr. Rob Gilbert, a sports psychology professor at Montclair State University, told a story about the difference between his students who

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10 Lessons from My First 400 Pound Bench Press

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Two weeks ago, I completed my first 400 pound bench press. This had been a goal of mine since the second I hit my first 315 press, which was a LONG time ago. The journey from the 3’s to the

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Technique Tuesday: Intro to the Giant Cambered Bar

giant cambered bar

Continuing on the theme of specialty bars, this week’s Technique Tuesday introduces the giant cambered bar. Called the GCB for short, we use this bar significantly less than the Safety Squat Bar¬†at Cressey Sports Performance, but it still has its

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