Tag Archives: movement

Is Strongman For You?

When I first opened the Primal Strength Gym, I was the only one who trained for Strongman. At my last Strongman Sunday event, around 8 months after I officially opened Primal, we had more than 15 people come and train.

After this upcoming Saturday, I will have had 9 people from Primal compete within the past two weeks, with 5 of those competing for the first time.

It has been a cool experience watching the sport grow amongst my gym members, and the general awareness my gym has created across the city of Charlottesville.

But there are two things that seem to peak the curiosity of my followers.

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Nailing Down Your Accessory Work

One of the most frequently asked questions I get is about accessory work, specifically what exercises you should be doing and how to program it.

Let me hit a few main points, and then I will get into the movements that I think are most important.

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Are You Properly Aroused?

Psych-up procedures are one of the most important mental aspects of the iron game, especially if you’re trying to go for a max effort lift.

At face value, you’d say¬†psyching yourself up is¬†just to “pump you up”. But it’s important to understand the science and how we can use emotions to boost our performance (and how too much emotion can detract from our lifting).

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Why Every Rep Matters (Motor Engrams)

Last week during my training at the Primal Strength Gym, I noticed some things were off with my deadlift technique.

It was my first deadlift session since my Strongman competition and the weights felt abnormally heavy. It was clearly an “off day” for me and the ‘heaviness’ of the weights were causing me to lift with some bad technique.

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Do You Really Need to Bench Press?

Go into any gym across the world, and one of the most prevalent lifts you will see is the bench press. It’s one of the first lifts most people learn and a staple for a ton of mass and strength building programs.

But to get bigger and stronger, do you really need to bench press?

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