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SSC and Bench Press

Just about every athletic movement utilizes the Stretch Shortening Cycle (SSC), and strength training is no exception. The SSC is the active stretch of a muscle followed by an immediate shortening of that same muscle. During the eccentric phase, the muscle stores elastic energy. This stored-up energy is then used during the concentric phase. The SSC increases […]

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How Much Rest is Best?

A common question among gym-goers is, “How much rest do I take in between sets?” And the answer is, “Well, that depends.” LET’S START AT THE BEGINNING Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is the body’s primary energy resource for ANY muscle contraction, and there are three energy systems that produce ATP: ATP/PC (phosphocreatine): high power/short duration: 1-3 reps, […]

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Bench Press: To Tuck or not to Tuck?

Coaching cues fall in and out of favor all the time. Right now, “tuck your elbows” is pretty popular. Unfortunately, it’s a terrible cue for the average recreational lifter. But before we get into the “why,” let’s make sure we’re on the same page.  WHAT IS IT? Elbow tuck describes the degree of the upper […]

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Sumo vs Conventional: Which One Should You Do?

Even the most inexperienced lifters can usually recognize the difference between sumo and conventional deadlifts: with sumo, the arms are inside the legs (the width of the stance varies greatly), and with conventional, the arms are outside the legs. The hard part is deciding which one to do. Before we talk about which one's right for […]

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Low Bar vs High Bar Squat

Squats are considered by many to be the King of compound movements. Love them or hate them, there's some squat variation in almost every strength training program. There are countless variations: the two most common are high bar and low bar. The defining difference between high bar and low bar is BAR PLACEMENT. Bar placement […]

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Deadlift Stance: What's Too Wide?

A common question when learning how to deadlift is, “Where should my feet be?”. That’s an excellent question. And although the deadlift stance is unique to each individual, there are some general guidelines that apply to everyone.  VERTICAL JUMP The easiest and most reliable way to determine an ideal stance for conventional deadlift is to […]

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