Category Archives: Guest Blogs

Your Own Personal World Records Are The Only Thing That Matter

Your Own Personal World Records Are The Only Thing That Matter
By Charles Staley

When I was still relatively new to lifting, I can remember thinking how incredible it must be to break a World record in sport. I remember in particular watching former Soviet weightlifter Leonid Taranenko break the clean & jerk World record in the late ‘80’s with a monstrous 586-pound effort.

Fast forward to today, and despite decades in the gym, I’ve come nowhere close to breaking any kind of World (or even National) record in any sport, but I can tell you that I have achieved things that I never would have thought possible for myself, and these achievements have brought me tremendous satisfaction, as well as continued motivation to continue my favorite pastime. A big part of why I’ve done as well as I have is that I’ve always been laser-focused on bettering my own “PR’s” (personal records) in the gym.

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The Glutes Can Take a Beating

The Glutes Can Take a Beating
By Chad Waterbury

Bret and I recently had an insightful, hour-long discussion about training more frequently. It’s no surprise that the topic of glute development came up. Bret, as you already know, can pontificate about the glutes more than anyone else.

Sometimes I even hesitate to bring up the subject with him because I know that the next 10 minutes will consist of him outlining the research and experience he’s accumulated, and I won’t get a word in edgewise.

Of course, that’s not a bad thing – unless you have to take a piss. Luckily for me, I was dehydrated that day.

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Learning From Case Studies

Learning from Case Studies
by Kamal Patel

Case studies offer an interesting perspective on scientific observations. They describe a unique or abnormal event, unlike trials that propose a hypothesis and have an experiment done to test it. There’s no sample size calculation or control group, just one lone, solitary person. So what does this mean when it comes to collecting evidence?

Due to the nature of a case study, it cannot be used as strong scientific evidence, even if it is indexed in PubMed.

Still, case studies can provide valuable insight into potential patterns that should be studied further. For example, more than ten case studies note marijuana usage about one hour before a heart attack or similar cardiovascular event. As it turns out, marijuana can increase heart rate and diastolic blood pressure. Examining this series of case studies could prompt a researcher to dig deeper into the relationship between marijuana and the cardiovascular system.

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5 Smart Assistance Exercise Strategies for Powerlifting And Overall Strength Mastery

5 Smart Assistance Exercise Strategies for Powerlifting and Overall Strength
By Charles Staley

A familiar core concept of strength training (and powerlifting in particular) is the idea of partitioning workouts into “core” and “assistance” exercises. An exercise will typically receive “core” designation based on it’s importance to the lifter’s overall objectives, and “assistance” drills are pretty much exactly what they sound like: they’re performed with the idea of shoring up weaknesses that for whatever reason, the core exercises don’t manage to address.

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