4 Accessory Exercises to Build Up Your Deadlift

Lifting is a lot like a relationship. There’s the courtship period, the honeymoon stage and then the phase where you’re farting in front of each other and discussing feelings. Needless to say, smashing weights is not all rainbows and butterflies. A novice will experience PR after PR initially, but once they get to the intermediate or advanced levels, those PRs …

Getting Started with Barbell Deadlifts

There’s something about the deadlift that makes me turn into Master P and say UGHHHHHHHHHH! It’s powerful, strong; it’s Big Pimpin’ like Jay-Z before he married Beyonce. As much as I love barbell deadlifts, it’s not necessary for every body. There are plenty of variations out there that still work, but if you want to work your way up to …

Training Beyond the Saggital Plane

Whether we’re new to strength training or crushing WODs like it’s our jobs, getting strong in the saggital plane is necessary for strength and power development. As a powerlifting wannabe, squats, deadlifts and presses are my life, but it can’t be my whole life. Lifters are required to be really great at just a few main lifts (three for powerlifting …

The Fundamentals of Hip Mobility For Lifters

Houston, we have a problem. That is, a stability problem, not a mobility problem. Last week, I talked through the secret ingredient for achieving optimal shoulder health and movement for barbell overhead pressing. (Read it HERE.) The Cliff Notes version: Trainees in the lifting world are spending an excessive amount of time on shoulder mobility techniques while ignoring stability. We …