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Hypertrophy Strength

Should you try fat-grip lifting?

Editor’s Note: We were very sorry to hear of the passing of Charles Poliquin in September 2018 aged 57. He was responsible for popularising so many of the training methods used today in gyms the world over and, as much as anyone, changed the way we all lift weights for the better. For that, we will be forever grateful. Charles Poliquin is one the world’s most successful strength coaches, having coached Olympic medalists in 17 different sports. He is based in The Rockies, Colorado. I first read about the advantages of thick-grip training back in 1982 from US strength coach…

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Strength

Squat heavier with ease

Brandon Lilly is an elite powerlifter and strength coach, having competed in bodybuilding, strongman and powerlifting, in which he has a 2,237lb personal best. He is the author of The Cube Method and 365Strong. He is based in Richmond, Kentucky Hold the bar right If you’re not gripping the bar correctly you will never lift the weight you are capable off. Move your hand position in and tuck your elbows under your shoulder blades. Then squeeze the bar as hard as you can. When you rotate your elbows under the bar it will erect the spine – keeping your head…

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Fat Loss Hypertrophy Strength

What can lifters can learn from fighters?

Jack Lovett is a S&C specialist, owner of Spartan Performance and two-time British natural strongman champion. He is based in Consett, County Durham. Mixed martial arts, as you probably already know, is an unforgiving sport. Professional fighters will often be training two or three disciplines a day alongside their strength work, and to perform at their best they need to balance full-body strength, power and conditioning with injury-proofing their bodies and avoiding overtraining. It’s not easy, but it also provides a useful template for training other athletes or even recreational lifters: after all, if they can juggle all of these…

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Hypertrophy

5 moves to build forearms like Popeye

Dan Yeomans is a personal trainer, a two-time Welsh Physique Champion and an Optimum Nutrition athlete. He also has incredibly impressive forearm development. He is based in Cardiff, South Wales. If you have any kind of training experience, the chances are that you’ve managed to build a decent set of biceps. But if you want really impressive-looking arms, you need some smart moves that will fully develop your forearms. Physique competitior Dan Yeoman’s picks his top-five exercises for building Popeye-style arms. 1 Standing offset dumbbell or cable forearm supination This is my go-to forearm warm-up exercise. There are a few…

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