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Why you should full squat

» by September 2nd, 2009 at 1:29 pm » Comments (21)

Full squat means ‘ass to grass’, getting down as far as you can go. I’ve written before about squat depth and concluded that squatting as deep as you can safely is best for bringing the benefits of the squat to the greatest number of people. But is this enough? Is this all we should be […]

Testing your one rep max

» by August 28th, 2009 at 12:01 am » Comments (25)

To test your one rep max on the power lifts or the olympic lifts, follow these simple principles. Find out when the best time is to test your one rep max and why it is useful to do this on a regular basis.

Mystery of the squat

» by August 13th, 2009 at 11:18 am » Comments (22)

At the time of writing I have not written a ‘how to’ on the squat, although I’ve written one for most of the other major exercises. This is because to me, it is a huge topic and I am not sure how I would approach it and attempt to do it justice. So instead, I […]

How-to: Sumo deadlift

» by June 17th, 2009 at 12:00 am » Comments (21)

The sumo deadlift can be a revelation for anyone who has trouble deadlifting in the conventional stance. Sumo stance is particularly popular with female lifters. What is the sumo deadlift? The sumo deadlift is the same exercise as a normal deadlift in that it involves picking a dead weight off the floor and standing up […]

National powerlifting championships: where next?

» by April 21st, 2009 at 1:33 pm » Comments (7)

I’ve just come back from competing at the BDFPA British Unequipped Powerlifting Championships 2009 this weekend. I didn’t set the world of powerlifting alight but my final results are probably a fair reflection of where I am at the moment. Squat: 100kg Bench: 60kg Deadlift: 130kg Total: 290kg Bodyweight: 63.4kg There were some very impressive female […]

Speed work

» by February 16th, 2009 at 6:16 pm » Comments (7)

Since the beginning of 2009 I have been incorporating speed work into my training and it has brought a valuable new dimension to my powerlifting. Speed work has been around for many years and has been popular in the powerlifting world since it was so enthusiastically utilised by Louie Simmons at Westside Barbell. However I […]

First powerlifting meet

» by December 16th, 2008 at 10:24 pm » Comments (38)

I did my first powerlifting competition last weekend. It was great fun and I thought I would share my experiences with you. Perhaps it will encourage some of you to enter competitions too, if anything has been holding you back. It would also be interesting to hear from anyone else who competes in powerlifting. The […]

Strength standards for women

» by December 3rd, 2008 at 12:14 am » Comments (85)

After a recent discussion here on strength standards for women, I have come up with some standards using the collective wisdom of All Round Strength Training! Click to go straight to table of strength standards for women (below) There’s not much general knowledge about what is “good” for women’s strength training. In many cases, a […]

How much can you lift?

» by November 13th, 2008 at 12:33 am » Comments (35)

This is a question as much for my male readers as my female readers: do you have a conception of how much weight women can/should be lifting? Because relatively few women lift free weights and of those who do, many are new to lifting, it is deemed appropriate to be encouraging about any lifting stats […]

The Loneliness of the Lifter

» by November 10th, 2008 at 10:37 pm » Comments (7)

Psychology plays a big part in any sport but strength training is an interesting example in that it is pursued by many on their own, often in their own basement or garage gym. For those of us who train in solitary, it can be a lonely business. It is just you, the weight and a […]