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A PR, for those of you who don’t know, stands for personal record. It’s just a little way to say, “Hey, I have achieved a thing for the first time!” PRs are almost universally good, even when they’re modest; an inch here or a half-kilo there. They’re stepping stones on the way to great things....
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There are three phases to the deadlift: the pre-lift mindset, the approach/set-up, and the actual lift. The harder you squeeze the bar, the more you cue your nervous system. Once you approach the bar, you’ve got to have a ritual, a process, or an outline. Strength is a skill. Every time you approach the lift, you should be robotic....
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This is a very common and reasonable question. But it’s one that often gets an entirely unreasonable answer. The numbers that get bandied about can be a bit… inflated. Burning calories is, after all, good business. This doesn’t mean that the fudging of numbers is intentional. Fitness professionals plot out the best case scenarios (and...
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Things change. Today’s a great example of that. We’ve launched the new website and an entirely new look for Bang Fitness. I thought this would be a great opportunity to look at how everything has changed since we opened our doors in 2008. The website is as good a place to start as any. Check it...
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Many of the articles on this site are about looking good in the short-term. I’m going to help you look good in the long-term by mixing together some information on musculoskeletal health with a good dose of evolutionary biology. As a species we often take a shorthand approach to processing information. Determining whether another person...
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The learning curve on the squat isn’t steep so much as it is deep. In other words: the lower you go, the harder it gets. There are a few reasons for this surge in difficulty. There are also a few reasons why you should be embracing it by squatting from the bottom-up yourself. Gray Cook points...
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“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway On the last weekend of June, 12 members of the Bang Fitness Powerlifting team competed at the Canadian Powerlifting Nationals held in Toronto. The entire weekend was full of incredible displays...
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Yesterday we had the pleasure of hosting Greg Nuckols for a seminar at Bang Fitness. Greg covered most of the things you’d expect from an elite powerlifter but he went further than that. He also produced several gems outside of the traditional emphasis on technique and exercise selection. Given our focus on training longevity, I...
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Outside of exercise the most variable aspect of caloric expenditure is spontaneous movement. This term refers to any movement that takes place outside of the exercise window. It includes everything, from twiddling your thumbs to how frequently (and how fast) you run to the bathroom. The effect of spontaneous movement can range from 100-800 calories a...
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There are a vast number of easy things in this world that also happen to be valuable. As a culture, we tend to fixate on the most gruelling aspects of training – probably because they’re the most dramatic and we’ve all seen too many movies for our collective good. If you’re not sure what I’m...
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