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Technique Tuesday: 3 Deficit Deadlift Mistakes

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The deficit deadlift makes for some “strong medicine” as Greg Robins likes to say. It’s a high risk, high reward exercise that, if executed properly, can add quick pounds to your deadlift. However, it’s not a great fit for everyone.

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Technique Tuesday: Lightning Deadlifts for Explosive Bar Speed

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Lightning Deadlifts are one of my favorite drills to build explosive bar speed off the floor. It combines accommodating resistance (i.e. the weight gets heavier toward lockout) and post-activation potentiation (i.e. the second rep is lighter so you can lift faster),

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Technique Tuesday: 3 Reasons to Deadlift Barefoot

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We have almost all our athletes deadlift barefoot at Cressey Sports Performance. Barring some sort of foot/ankle injury, we lose our shoes in lieu of stocking feet so we can achieve better overall deadlift mechanics. This week’s Technique Tuesday gives

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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: Intro to the Giant Cambered Bar

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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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MyFitnessPal: 4 Simple Exercise Tweaks for Stronger Glutes

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By now, you probably know the best exercises for stronger glutes. Squats, deadlifts, swings, lunges, hip thrusts… these are not new ideas. But if you’ve ever coached them or done them yourself, you know that sometimes your quads or your

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4 Ways to Sneak More Upper Back Volume into Your Workouts

A strong upper back is arguably THE most important physical attribute for any strength endeavor. You can have monstrously strong legs, but without a strong back, you’ll never squat or deadlift impressive weight. And no matter how big your arms are

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