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Interview: Gavin Saiz

Today we got to interview Gavin Saiz, a bodybuilder from Phoenix, Arizona, who competes while serving with the US Air Force stationed in Kaiserslauten, Germany. We were impressed by Gavin’s recent success in  the recent INBF USAG Natural Stuttgart European Championships, so

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Top 10 clean and jerk accidents

If done wrong, the clean and jerk can be quite dangerous, and the following 10 lifters demonstrate this in pretty spectacular style. The lesson from this article is to remember to always stay safe when training, especially with the Olympic

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Oskari Lehtinen 300kg deadlift

Meanwhile in Finland… Powerlifter Oskari Lehtinen prepares for the IPF World Championships with an easy 300kg effort. Fun fact: Lehtinen made a 1,000kg total at the Finnish nationals in May.

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How to use the single leg press to improve your deadlift

A very common problem that people encounter with the deadlift is that they use their back too much. They concentrate on pulling the bar rather than pressing and extending the hips. Using the hips, legs, and back in equal measure

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Olympic lifting for hypertrophy and power

Update: After experimentation and a lot of reflection I’ve come to the conclusion that Olympic lifting does NOT lend itself to hypertrophy, nor does it develop power outside of the gym. There’s very little time under tension, and although there’s

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Macro-cycling for lean gains

Taking carbohydrates from the diet and opting for a keto or paleo diet is a very quick way to decrease bodyfat levels, and to feel awesome by getting most of one’s energy from dietary fat. However, this can potentially limit

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Additional strength training for swimmers

In my previous articles I talked about how I thought the weighted overhand pull-up could be a very useful and specific lift for swimmers to develop shoulder strength in the relevant movement patterns. I proposed that a swimmer’s strength in

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Caffeine and hypertrophy

Update: For some personal reasons, this article has a special place in my heart. The main takeaway is that while caffeine is awesome, limit your intake to the morning period only. Caffeine has a half-life in the human bloodstream of

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How to be lean for the rest of your life

Many athletes struggle with their bodyfat levels. A lean body is a prime goal for athletes in most sports, partly for aesthetics, but also for performance. Having lots of extra bodyfat is inefficient, since you carry extra weight that isn’t

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Choose to be a professional athlete

Almost exactly a year ago, Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, and Justin Gatlin won medals in the Olympic 100m final in London. I watched the race, and saw the sheer glory these guys attracted. They were too cool for words in

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