🏋️ 20-minute workouts for all your fitness goals

The BarBend Newsletter may be running at around 600 words today, but make no mistake: This baby is packed with fitness tips, full workouts, and jaw-dropping feats of strength.

Here’s what’s on tap today:

  • 12 deadlift benefits you need to know about

  • Breaking down some awesome 20-minute workouts

  • John Haack’s latest monstrous deadlift double

Exercise Tips

Not-so-Hidden Benefits of the Deadlift

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Spend any meaningful time in the gym and you’ll become intimately familiar with the deadlift. Heck, there’s a reason we here at BarBend talk about it almost all the time: it’s a powerlifting and general fitness staple. We’d be doing everyone a disservice if we didn’t break down the glory a person can feel pulling a barbell from the ground.

That said, the devil is in the finer details, and the deadlift is no different.

From full muscle activation to improved posture, we’ve got a handy breakdown of 12 deadlift benefits you might not have considered. Reading this might change your mind if it wasn’t already part of your gym routine.


Feel the (Efficient) Burn

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As the old adage goes: There are only so many hours in the day. Between school, work, family, and time for any hobbies, finding a solid moment to take care of your fitness is hard. We’ve been there. Life just gets flat-out busy.

If you’re struggling to find time to take care of your health in the gym, we’re here to save the day. We’ve got a comprehensive overview of a few 20-minute workouts you can fit anywhere into your hectic day, no matter your fitness goals.


Haack’s Deadlift Masterclass

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As the owner of various world records with a mostly pristine powerlifting record, John Haack is one of the biggest names in strength sports. He certainly lived up to his reputation with a recent deadlift.

Earlier this week, Haack captured a 385-kilogram (848-pound) raw deadlift double during a training session. Not only was the lift over four times Haack’s body weight of 210 pounds, but it might also be a precursor to his upcoming goals.

The athlete has stated he plans to compete in the 2023 Kaos Classic competition in July as a strongman. If there were any person that would enjoy a seamless transition between sports, it’d be Haack.


Ice Barrel x CrossFit

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“This partnership will allow CrossFit athletes the opportunity to enhance their recovery and performance on the biggest stage,” VP of Global Partnerships for CrossFit Robert Vartan said. Ice Barrel says it provides benefits such as:

  • Better recovery and performance

  • Improved mood and brain health

  • Better activation of the immune, cardiovascular, and endocrine systems

Learn more about the benefits of cold therapy and get $125 off your own Ice Barrel below.

Everything Else

Bodybuilding and Strongman Collide

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