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Improve your weight lifting

» by April 28th, 2013 at 7:54 pm » Comments (9)

Improve your weight lifting by following these simple tips. Improve squat, deadlift, pull up, snatch, clean and jerk and many more. Get stronger, banish your weaknesses!

What’s the difference between powerlifting, olympic weightlifting and strongman?

» by October 17th, 2010 at 11:49 pm » Comments (29)

All you need to know about powerlifting, olympic weightlifting and strongman – the events, how to learn, how to compete

Does lifting more always mean you get stronger?

» by August 22nd, 2010 at 4:45 pm » Comments (21)

How to vary intensity in the training cycle to continue getting stronger. Examples from weightlifting, powerlifting and strongman.

Basic barbell programmes reviewed

» by August 9th, 2010 at 10:37 pm » Comments (61)

Independent review of popular barbell programmes such as Starting Strength,Wendler’s 5/3/1 and Stronglifts.

How-to: Good morning

» by July 26th, 2010 at 11:16 pm » Comments (16)

How to perform the barbell good morning, for powerlifters, olympic weightlifters and bodybuilders. Step by step guide with photo illustrations and video demo. Also includes concentric good morning.

Five secrets of more effective training

» by May 5th, 2010 at 4:33 pm » Comments (7)

Five training ideas that will make a difference to progress: speed work, recovery, testing, deloading and carrying.

Scenes from a powerlifting year

» by January 25th, 2010 at 2:41 pm » Comments (4)

“It took me years to fully appreciate the value of the lessons I have learned from the Iron. I used to think that it was my adversary, that I was trying to lift that which does not want to be lifted. I was wrong. When the Iron doesn’t want to come off the mat, it’s […]

Ladies who lift

» by November 24th, 2009 at 10:02 pm » Comments (13)

One of the nice things about going to national or international drug free powerlifting meets is that I get to catch up with the other female lifters. There aren’t many of us and we are scattered around the country. It’s mainly at competitions where we can renew our acquaintance and watch each other lift. I […]

On not making progress

» by November 18th, 2009 at 6:48 pm » Comments (18)

in which our heroine muses upon her results and resolves to improve them I’m just recently back from the World Drug Free Powerlifting Championships (sounds cool, huh?) in which I lifted more or less what I did at the Nationals seven months ago and ended up with a total which was 5kg less than in […]

Assistance exercises

» by October 3rd, 2009 at 1:50 am » Comments (19)

If you are doing squats, deadlifts, cleans and so on you are already way ahead of the game. But perhaps your progress has stalled or you are not satisfied just doing the basics. Maybe you have become aware of some of your weak areas but don’t know how to starting improving them. If so, you […]