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Bench Press Leg Drive—Hype or Holy Grail?

by: Josh Bryant If leg drive isn’t the Holy Grail of bench press, it’s sitting right next to it. Here are the three most important things to know about using leg drive to increase your bench press: Leg drive is whispered about in strength circles like it’s some secret cure-all potion only the elite should…

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Strongman Training for the Tactical Athlete

By: Josh Bryant In tennis, if you screw up, it’s 15-love; as a tactical athlete it’s six feet deep! The greatest tactical athletes have the speed, conditioning and agility of somebody 50 pounds lighter, with the strength of someone 50 pounds heavier. The term “tactical athlete” is becoming increasingly popular in strength and conditioning circles.  Tactical…

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Destroying Gains: Common Strength-Training Mistakes

By: Josh Bryant Legend has it, 3,000 years ago, Greek Wrestling Champion, Milo of Crotona, lifted a baby calf every day from the time it was born to the time it became a fully mature bull.   600 years before Milo, Samson wrestled down a stone temple and, in the process, slayed 3,000 Philistines, his sworn enemies.…

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Deadlift Reps–Touch N’Go

by: Josh Bryant Hey Josh, thanks for explaining the importance for beginner and intermediate powerlifters dead stopping deadlifts.  I see a lot of champion bodybuilders and powerlifters touch and go deadlifts, what gives? Timing is everything! Like King Solomon said thousands of years ago, there is a time and place for everything under the sun, whether …

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Incorporating Deadstop Deadlift Reps

by: Josh Bryant “Hey Josh, I have just started powerlifting and am new to deadlifting.  I did 315 pounds for eight reps using the “bounce” style off the floor.  An older powerlifter at the gym told me to stop each rep and now I can only do three reps.  Which style should I use in…

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ISSA- My Journey

by: Josh Bryant As a kid, I was captivated by professional wrestling and obsessed with building muscles.   Ever since I was five years old, I wanted to be around serious strength training 24/7.  As a teenager, I loved sports. This passion led me to the YMCA weight room where I met ISSA co-founder, Dr. Sal…

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Becoming More Resilient-
Tactical Conditioning 

by: Josh Bryant Elite tactical athletes move like gazelles, can keep on going like the energizer bunny, pack the power to kickdown doors and the strength to break what’s on the other side. Tactical athletes (military, law enforcement, firefighters) are unique because they must possess the tactical skills, physical ability, speed, conditioning and strength to…

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Deload to Reload

by: Josh Bryant NFL teams are not doing full contact scrimmages the day before a game.  Champions in West “By God” Virginia beer pong ain’t getting three sheets to the wind the night before demonstrating their power drinking prowess at local kick n’ stab bar. You can’t go all out all the time and expect…

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Six Highly-Effective Chest Movements

by: Josh Bryant A thick, muscular chest strikes admiration in the hearts of men and garners prolonged, feminine stares at the local community pool.  The bottom line is, a well-developed chest is the cornerstone to a powerful and rugged physique. A decent set of arms at the corporate chrome palace fitness center is about as…

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Small Stuff for Big Gains

By Josh Bryant Thirty years ago, striped spandex and shiny chrome machines were the “expert” preferred path to physique sculpting and performance enhancement. But, in reality, that advice ain’t even close enough for government work and is as welcome as a porcupine at a nudist colony. Thankfully, over the past 15 years, with the popularity of…