The nominees for the 95th Academy Awards have been revealed. As Tinseltown gets ready to celebrate its movie stars, we're still here honoring the stars of strength.
Hadi Choopan won his first career Mr. Olympia title in December. Judging by a recent physique update he posted, he's already prepping to defend his crown.
The CrossFit Games have called Wisconsin home for roughly half a decade. And now we know that the contest will stay in the "Dairy State" until the mid-2020s.
Trying to power up and polish your glutes? These 14 exercises will get you the gains you seek.
Hadi Choopan Begins His Olympia Repeat Mission
Bodybuilder Hadi Choopan notched two podium finishes at the 2019 and 2021 Mr. Olympia before finally winning his first Sandow trophy this past December. And despite barely being a month removed from his triumph in Sin City, Choopan is already letting fans know he's not resting on his laurels.
Earlier this week, the champ shared a mammoth-sized update on his current physique, even though the 2023 Mr. Olympia is roughly nine months away. He wrote a rather appropriately succinct caption to go along with it: "Repeat everything to repeat."
Choopan's quest for more glory begins ... now.
The Games Stay Put in 2024
There were rumors recently that CrossFit HQ would move the annual CrossFit Games out of Madison, Wisconsin, where it's been since 2017. Might a new location in Alabama have been in the works? Or perhaps a shift to somewhere tropical?
For now, those plans have been tabled.
This week, CrossFit confirmed that the 2024 CrossFit Games would stay in Madison. While the precise reasoning for the decision isn't clear, one could easily conclude that economic factors and logistics played a considerable role. So, for now, the Fittest People on Earth will continue traveling to Wisconsin in the late summer for the foreseeable future.
We'll have to check back in 2025 if anything changes. Does anyone have a time machine?
A Road Map to Stronger Glutes
In case you weren't aware, your gluteus maximus — the fancy term for your butt — is the biggest muscle in your body. You might not think it's necessarily an integral part of your health, but a powerful squat or deadlift can greatly improve the quality of your everyday life. Fortunately for you, as we always do here at BarBend, we've got the keys to unlocking stronger, healthier glutes.
Want to do some traditional back squats? Check.
How about a sumo deadlift? You bet.
A goblet squat? Of course! (Don't worry, we'll explain that, too).
Here are 14 killer glute exercises for every strength goal under the sun.
"The Beast" and "The Giant"
- Strongman legend Eddie "The Beast" Hall will try to make his bodybuilding in late 2024. In a recent back workout, Hall enlisted the training help of an established pro, Jamie "The Giant" Christian.
- 9-year-old Rory van Ulft might be like no one else her age. Want proof? Take this young ball of power's new historic clean & jerk.
- As for truly building leg power and strength, the dumbbell split squat will really refine your lower body.