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Here is everything we have for you today:
The best early Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on fitness gear.
Someone just unofficially broke a squat world record.
The only bodybuilding routine beginners need.
Begun, Black Friday Has
After the turkey and ham of a Thanksgiving feast comes the true gluttony of the holiday: a multi-day shopping spree known as Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Just like Christmas comes earlier and earlier each year, to the point where you see candy canes in July, so do the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. And we’ve rounded up a bevy of discounted gear that you can snag already, from supplements and free weights to cardio machines and full-fledged home gym setups.
Sales are notorious for not lasting forever, so check in early and click back often to see what new limited-time offers may appeal to your fitness-induced consumeristic salivary glands.
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Unless you’ve been living under an Atlas stone for the past 15 years, you’d know that raw powerlifting has exploded in popularity, and the world records in each division seem to fall on a weekly basis.
One of the premier powerlifting phenoms is Andrew Hause (140KG), who overcame gravity to such an extent that he unofficially broke the raw squat world record by 30 pounds while in training. Hause hit this monstrous 433.1-kilogram (955 pounds) squat while preparing for the 2023 Shack Compound Showdown, where he will try to recreate his feat under the auspices of an official ruling body (in this case, it’s the World Raw Powerlifting Federation).
Check in with Hause and his squat, and stay tuned for the Shack Compound Showdown on November 11 and 12.
The Foundational Program
Starting your bodybuilding journey can be tough, as an abundance of information sometimes makes it hard to see the forest for the trees.
That’s why we’ve laid out a bodybuilding program designed for beginners below. Even if getting a spray tan and oiling yourself up like a greased pig at the county fair isn’t your end goal, you still need to use this program to address your major problem: adding base muscle to a skeletal frame.
The program includes a mixture of free weights and machines; if you don’t feel proficient squatting with a barbell, feel free to use a hack squat machine instead (your legs won’t know the difference). And remember: You’re going to be hitting your upper and lower body twice a week, so make sure you take enough rest in between each session.
Get Strength, Weekly
BarBend’s new podcast, Strength Weekly, delves into the morass of pro bodybuilding’s new Mr. Olympia and takes a closer look at training using the infamous Bulgarian Method. Join hosts David Tao and Phil Blechman for a weekly deep dive into all things strength.
Stand up tall and proud with these low back exercises designed for health and postural improvement.
The competitive CrossFit calendar is all set for 2024. Time to lay out your goals and set up your viewing schedule so as to not miss a second.