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5 Squat Alternatives That Don’t Use a Barbell

Squats are a staple in most training programs. But what if you don’t have access to a bar, are dealing with an injury, or just flat-out hate barbell back squats? Give these five barless squat alternatives a try instead. Jayden Pollard is a passionate powerbuilder...

Women in Bodybuilding: A Brief Timeline

To wrap up Women’s History Month, we wanted to take a look at some of the champions of women’s bodybuilding and how the sport has evolved over the years. From Rachel McLish to Iris Kyle, the women who pioneered aesthetic sports have taken on stereotypes and...

How Age Affects Your Training & What To Do About It

 Your body naturally changes/slows down with age – there’s no denying that. But being aware and making some subtle changes to your training slows down that process. Marc Lavallee has trained Canadian military units in the Search and Rescue Technician (SAR-Tech)...

5 Best Medicine Ball Exercises For Training Strength & Power

Want the strength of a bear, the power of a lion, and the endurance of a horse for less than $20? A simple medicine ball is all you need. Med balls are incredibly versatile, inexpensive, and underrated tools for generating power, building strength, and gaining overall...

How to Use (and Not Use) Your Foam Roller

Foam rollers: one of the most popular and arguably overrated recovery tools out there. Mostly because people don’t know how/why they’re using it. Before you start mindlessly rolling around in pain (and potentially inhibiting your performance), you need to know how...

How To Execute The Perfect Barbell Row

Barbell rows are a pretty essential movement for building a strong back, and a strong back is often the foundation of a quality athlete. Is your row form on point? Jayden Pollard is a passionate powerbuilder (powerlifting bodybuilder) with a background in strength...

Bulking and Cutting: Is It Worth These Health Risks?

Whether you’re a newbie to the gym or a veteran athlete, you probably heard the term “bulk and cut” at least a few times. But tread carefully, gym lords and ladies. Despite its recognition, very little evidence supports the bulk-and-cut approach as the best way to...

How & Why To Do More Lat Pulldowns

Most people are at least somewhat familiar with the lat pulldown machine. Maybe you used it before, or maybe you hit your head on it a couple of times (yes I’m looking at everyone over 6ft tall, myself included). So what makes this machine so popular, and how can it...

Perfect Your Squat Form

The back squat is easily one of the most famous lifts in the gym. Sure, it’s simple, but a lot of athletes unknowingly perform it wrong due to bad posture, shifting knees, or multiple other reasons. Whether you’re looking to hit a new PB or struggling with bad form...

Tricep Extension Variations

Triceps extensions come in many shapes and sizes, from overhead extensions to straight-bar pushdowns. With so many variations, it’s hard to know which one you should do. And what’s the difference between all of them anyways? Marc Lavallee has trained Canadian military...

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Perfect Your Squat Form

Perfect Your Squat Form

The back squat is easily one of the most famous lifts in the gym. Sure, it’s simple, but a lot of athletes unknowingly perform it wrong due to bad posture, shifting knees, or multiple other reasons. Whether you’re looking to hit a new PB or struggling with bad form...

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Tricep Extension Variations

Tricep Extension Variations

Triceps extensions come in many shapes and sizes, from overhead extensions to straight-bar pushdowns. With so many variations, it’s hard to know which one you should do. And what’s the difference between all of them anyways? Marc Lavallee has trained Canadian...

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Mobility 101: A Complete Guide

Mobility is hot topic, and vital for anyone spending time in the weightroom.

The ability to have full range of motion in your muscles and joints is one of the most important aspects of training. Improving your mobility can help you workout for longer, reduces joint pain, and can reduce the risk of injury.

In this guide you’ll learn more about mobility, who it impacts, why you should be focusing on it no matter what your age or training history, and how to tame common mobility hot spots from head to toe.

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Olympic Weightlifting 101: A Complete Guide

In this article, Mike Dewar shares a basic template on how to build an Olympic weightlifting program geared toward the beginner and intermediate lifter.

Mike covers everything from the 8 goals of an Olympic Weightlifting program, how to build your own 4 week program including full sample sessions, the 5 key variables in Olympic Weightlifting, and 30 exercises perfect for beginners.

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10 ways to build an unstoppable engine for competitive crossfit

To succeed in CrossFit, you need the ability to repeat near maximum efforts with as little rest as possible.

It’s not enough to simply have a high one rep max or a large unbroken set of muscle-ups. How many reps at 90% of your max power clean can you do in 8 minutes?

In this article, Todd Nief gives us a full breakdown of the 10 ways he helps  Crossfit athletes build an unstoppable engine for competition.

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How to Zercher Squat: One Exercise to rule them all

We all want that golden ticket. The one-size-fits-all exercise and perfect program. You know – the one that makes us look like the Hulk as long as we follow that program to the T.

Well folks, that all sounds great. But in reality, we know there is no one-size-fits-all exercise, program, food, or supplement… PERIOD. However, coach Ryan Leibreich has a secret weapon exercise that will get us close; it has a lot of bang for its buck. It builds massive quads, big glutes, a wide back, and some awesome biceps. Exactly what every athlete needs.

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4 scientifically proven ways to develop explosive power

Building athletic power is one of the most desired, if not the most desired, quality in athletic performance today. It’s as important for the athlete training for the sport of life as it is for a D1 high performance athlete.

The question is…how do we optimally train it?

In this article coach Joel Smith, a long-time D1 S&C coach, gives us the lowdown on creating explosive power in the weightroom. From Olympic lifting to plyometrics, this is your one-stop guide on all things athletic power.

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Nervous system training 101: The creation of superhuman strength and athleticism

Consider the following: pound for pound apes have double the strength of a human being.
They can also jump about 30-40% higher than top human jumpers.

How is this possible given their similar amount of muscle mass?

Our simian friends have an interesting piece of their brain and spinal cord that allows them stronger muscle contractions: less grey matter.

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TrainHeroic’s Instagram is for for athletes, by athletes. We share news and notes on the latest in the strength game, valuable training insights and tips from thought leaders in the fitness game, exercise guides, sample training sessions and more.

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