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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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Supps

4 top supps for stronger bones

Kamal Patel is a director of Examine.com, the research-based resource on supplementation and nutrition, and a nutrition researcher with an MPH and MBA from Johns Hopkins University. He is based in San Francisco, California. The human body contains 206 bones and they serve far more purpose than simply allowing you to move and protecting your organs. They also make red and blood white cells and store minerals, so healthy bones are essential for optimal health. Here’s four supplements that can help improve bone density and strength. 1 Calcium This element is one of the major mineral components of bone. A…

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Strength

Louie Simmons: 50 years of lifting

Louie Simmons is the owner of Westside Barbell, arguably the most famous powerlifting gym in the world. He has competed for more than 50 years, achieving elite status in five different weight classes. He is based in Columbus, Ohio. What’s the first thing you do when you start working with a new client? The first thing I do when someone comes to see me at Westside Barbell for the first time is look for their weak spot. They’ve all got one, and if I don’t fix their weakness I’ll never maximise their strength. The most common weaknesses are hamstrings, glutes…

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Hypertrophy Recovery Strength

What can lifters 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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Fat Loss Hypertrophy

Why consistency is key in building a cover model body

Colin Wayne is a professional physique model and international cover model and served in Iraq and Afghanistan with the United States Army. He is based in Hunstville, Alabama. I started training in 2009, just before I was deployed to Iraq as part of the Inactive National Guard, a component of the Ready Reserve of the United States Army. I was 145lbs and my friend told me to find a new hobby to keep my busy during my time overseas, so I started bodybuilding and have never looked back. Growing up I was always a very small athletic-framed guy but as…

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