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  • Jim Wendler 12:00 pm on November 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    5 Ways to Increase Your Press 

                5 Ways to Increase Your Press Ever since I started pressing, I have been obsessed with making it better. Partly because I was so weak at it for so long (which meant that it had no place to go but up) and because it is simply a cool exercise […]
  • Jim Wendler 2:46 pm on October 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Set Goals and Challenge Yourself Physically 

    The key to any challenge is that performance is the main goal, not aesthetics. I always focus on performance. I believe that when one has a concrete training goal – for example, “press 300 pounds, box jump 45″, and run a 6:30 mile” – training becomes more focused and goals become real. Immeasurable or non-specific [...]
  • Jim Wendler 6:00 pm on September 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Bench Press – Get Set 

    Of the major lifts, the bench press and the press are always the last to mature. A lifter can enjoy five or more years of steady gains in the squat, power clean, and deadlift but still suffer numerous setbacks, plateaus, and frustration in the pressing game. This is the natural order of the lifting world, [...]
  • Jim Wendler 10:00 am on September 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Power Cleans and 5/3/1 

    First of all, power cleans aren’t that hard to learn. It seems like everyone believes they’re as complicated and  difficult to do as organic chemistry. If that were the case, people    who stock shelves at Home Depot and Lowe’s would be the most    amazing athletes ever. Picking something up and racking it across the shoulders is a [...]
  • Jim Wendler 11:00 am on September 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Bench Press Q/A 

    Question: I have a bad shoulder. How can I work around or through this? Answer: This is something most veteran lifters have gone through. Rest is the obvious answer (as is an MRI and a good doctor, and I’ll assume these steps have already been taken). Here are a few more tips: Start squatting with [...]
  • Jim Wendler 1:20 pm on September 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Instinctive Training 

      In theory, I think it does hold water. But in practice, for most people it’s probably counterproductive. Now this doesn’t mean you can’t adjust your training day to day a little bit — to account for feeling better (going for more reps on a final set or Joker sets) or feeling worse (just doing [...]
  • Jim Wendler 1:00 pm on September 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    How to Get Faster – No Barbell Seizures Needed 

    There’s been a lot of confusion about the role of jumping, throwing, and different explosive movements in training. It’s reached the point that no one seems to be “ready” for them. Some experts have deemed that a lifter must achieve a certain level of strength in the main lifts (double bodyweight squat for example) before [...]
  • Jim Wendler 1:35 pm on September 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Habits of Strong Lifters (and People) 

    Consistency Without a doubt, the strongest and best lifters in the  world have consistently busted their ass in the weight room. For decades. Not weeks,  not a year, but decades.  There are genetic freaks out there that achieve a high level of strength quickly,  but comparing yourself to them is unfair and will probably drive you [...]
  • Jim Wendler 1:37 pm on September 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Pressing the Bar Overhead Kicks Ass 

    The year was 2001. It was a Sunday morning and I’d just finished bench pressing. I felt like crap – another bad bench workout, and it was pissing me off.  I was sick and tired of being awful. Tired of having a shitty bench press. Sick of being weak. I tried to figure out what [...]
  • Jim Wendler 1:00 pm on September 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Look like a Football Player 

    “I wanna be strong as an elite lifter and be able to run forever!” I’m going to take a wild guess that you’re  probably frustrated by your declining strength over your current training cycle (which, for most people, is about two weeks before  you get frustrated and move on to the next big program you read  about online) [...]
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