The Deadlift – How to Assess Lifter Readiness

The Deadlift has been around for ages. Recently, the online community has discovered the immense value of this movement and has begun a movement to resurrect something that most fitness pros never forgot. The deadlift is a pretty straightforward lift. You bend over, grab a barbell full of weight and stand up with it. This is an oversimplification of the…

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The Jefferson Lift – How to do it and why you should

As with all things in life, workout and weight lifting trends cycle back around every once in awhile. The same is true for old-school, heavy and basic lifts like the Jefferson Lift. I was first introduced to this movement around the age of 10 when I took a stack of 1930’s magazines out of an old man’s barn and for…

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Exhaustion by 5’s – A Heavy Basic Movement Workout

These days workouts are getting back to basics.  A number of years ago, mainstream fitness moved toward an almost purely “functional” exercise format leaving many of the tried-and-true, heavy basic lifts on the shelf.  Well, they’re back!  Of course for fitness pros like me, the basic lifts have always been the foundation of a quality strength training program.  So, I…

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