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Here’s what is going on today:

  • A new study suggests women benefit from exercise more than men

  • A peek into John Haack’s training

  • The benefits of doing squats, according to science

Exercise Science

It’s a Woman’s World

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While it has become common knowledge that regular exercise aids in health and longevity, scientists now say this has an even greater impact on women’s health than men’s. Nothing about this means that men shouldn’t be strength training and engaging in general physical activity; rather, the study emphasizes the importance of exercise for women. 

According to the study, women can increase their longevity and decrease their risk of heart attacks through exercise at a greater rate than their male counterparts. So, in short, 30 minutes of exercise a couple of times per week has more benefits for women than men.

Sticking largely to the CDC’s activity guidelines, which fewer than 25% of adults meet, the data strongly suggests women can extend life and health through physical exertion. See the wide-ranging benefits of doing so and what it may mean for you.

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Powerlifting

Haack Deadlifts

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American powerlifter John Haack is no stranger to heavy deadlifts. Already the holder of the raw world record in the 90kg class, Haack has been ferociously training to best his best at the 2024 WRPF Ghost Clash 3.

During a recent training session, Haack went ahead and pulled his world record of 410 kilograms (903.8 pounds) just eight weeks out from the actual competition (around 5 kilos short of his all-time best). While happy with his performance, Haack nonetheless had a workout to finish, utilizing heavy compound exercises that drive his numbers up. See all of his work leading into the Ghost Clash 3.

Exercise Tips

The Science of the Squat

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In the year 2024, typing the words “best exercises” into your favorite search engine will almost always yield the squat as a top result. Even just taking a stroll down to the water cooler and meeting Bob from accounting will let you know the squat is the king of all exercises. And Bob would know.

But why is the squat such a useful movement? In this case, we turn to science yet again for guidance and reveal the 12 benefits of squatting that you really should know about.

Firstly, and most obviously, squatting produces bigger, stronger leg muscles. Along those same lines, your jumping and sprinting power will rise the more you squat. Stronger people get injured less often, and the total-body strength the squat affords you can be a great way to stay out of the nurse’s office. If you’ve never been sold on the squat before, these science-backed benefits are sure to convince you.

Everything Else

Begun, the CrossFit Open Has

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  • The 2024 CrossFit Open is underway after yesterday’s release of workout 24.1. Start off strong with exclusive tips and strategies from top coaches like Caroline Lambray, Michele Letendre, John Singleton, and Justin Cotler.

  • If you haven’t sprinted since that bully chased you down the hallway in 5th grade, you might need some help to get back up to speed. These sprint warm-ups will help your body ease into the idea.

  • UFC heavyweight Tom Aspinall and strongman super-heavyweight Eddie Hall agreed to switch diets for one day. Who suffered more, the hungry or the overstuffed?