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Upper Back Training to Build Your Bench Press

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It’s no secret that a big upper back is important for being strong at just about anything. And I feel like it’s a strength training rite of passage when you realize that in order to build a big bench press,

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Do More Pull-Ups with these 3 Advanced Workouts

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It seems like every article on pull-ups is about how to go from zero reps to one, but what about those of us trying to do MORE pull-ups? Sometimes, straight sets and reps can be boring or unproductive if you’re

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Technique Tuesday: Clean Up Your Corner Rows

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Corner rows provide a great alternative to the bent-over row. They crush your upper back without taxing your lower back nearly as much, which is always a plus. However, given the somewhat awkward setup, corner rows are often done incorrectly.

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4 Strategies for Back Friendly Exercises

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I recently finished reading Dr. Stuart McGill’s Back Mechanic book during my return flight from presenting at the Encore Sports Medicine Symposium in Alabama. One of the world’s best spine experts, Dr. McGill presents some extremely practical methods for identifying,

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Technique Tuesday: 3 Ways to Make Chin-Ups More Shoulder Friendly

Chin-ups are no doubt an excellent exercise to build upper body strength. A big strong upper back may be THE limiting factor in the squat, bench press, and deadlift, so chin-ups have a place in almost any powerlifting program. The

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Technique Tuesday: Chest Supported Rows for Upper Back Strength

This week’s Technique Tuesday continues to focus on assistance exercises to increase your powerlifts, and no other exercise builds upper body strength quite like chest support rows. Upper back strength is paramount for all three powerlifts. You hold the bar

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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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