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There are different opinions about the Trap Bar, with the majority giving it a thumbs down because it doesn't carry over well to the regular deadlift. For people that don't compete in powerlifting, the Trap Bar is a great option. You can't argue the benefits of picking up something heavy off the ground whether it it be a Trap Bar or straight bar, so who am I to say it's not good?  Also, if someone performs a Trap Bar Deadlift with 800lbs are they not strong? The biggest advantage to the Trap Bar is the handles – they keep the...

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First, congratulations on thinking of entering a meet  — you'll love it. It takes guts to get out on a platform and be judged by your peers and I admire anyone who does it. Second, just do it! You don't have to be an all-star the first time you go to a meet. The important thing is to get in one and see if  you like it. No one's going to judge you as a person on how much weight you lift; and if they do, their opinions aren't worth a watery dump.  Since you are new to this, let me...

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Moving North of Vag I can’t take credit for this name. I wish I could, but both the idea and the name come from my good friend Jim Messer. Jim and I have been friends since junior high, and we have the kind of friendship that doesn’t require us to talk every week. Or even every year. This is more of an idea. A concept, if you will. Jim started training with the 5/3/1 method without my knowing it, and he’s had great success. He emailed me and let me know about this. Here’s part of an email he wrote...

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The press is awesome; all hail the press; long live the press.  Now that we've kissed enough ass and gotten on our knees for the Barbell Purists, let's get to work. 99% of the questions I get asked are (sadly) about assistance work, so here are some of the exercises that help your press.  Remember that assistance work is only one part of the puzzle of training; and like any sized puzzle, it's best to start at the corners while keeping the big picture in mind. Dips. I love doing dips, although I'm 100% convinced they didn't help my bench...

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Question:  Just got done reading your 531 book. Looking forward to doing this. One question for now. What the heck is vag? Answer:  That would be short for “vagina.”  While some may see North of Vag as a misogynistic term, I can only shake my head and hope they were not publically educated; I’d hate to see tax dollars being wasted that way.  It is simply a rallying cry to not be a pussy.  And if one can’t see past the simple and obvious point I am trying to make, I can only hope they never vote or procreate.  The...

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