🏋️‍♂️ tips to deadlift 500 pounds

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Here’s everything happening with this edition:

  • The best bodyweight exercises for strength gains. 

  • How to deadlift 500 pounds.

  • Watch powerlifter Jesus Olivares squat 1,024 pounds in training.


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Bodyweight exercises exist as more than just an entry point into the world of resistance training. While many people begin their lifting journey with push-ups and air squats, too few ever return to the training that started it all.

The 16 bodyweight exercises we’ve rounded up for you today not only lay the foundation for sustainable strength gains — they also go a long way toward boosting your overall mobility.

Burpees, for example, grant explosive strength and endurance that few moves can match. And if you really want to boost your triceps strength (and therefore boost your bench max), you’ll want to start adding more dips into your life. You’re never too good to get back to the basics, and using your body the way it was designed never goes out of style.

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Training Tips

The 500 Club

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Deadlifting 500 pounds is a goal that seems impossibly far away when most people first touch their chalked hands to a barbell. But it is possible for many lifters out there — you just need a sound strategy (and some luck when it comes to injuries) to get there.

The journey may be long, but BarBend has you covered if you want to slay the dragon and finally pull half a grand off the floor. Our tips guide below goes over everything you’ll need to hopefully progress to the promised land, including form tips, diet advice, progression plans, and more. 

For many lifters, pulling five hundo is an eminently achievable goal that solidifies your status as “intermediate” in the eyes of the gym literati. It won’t be easy, and it won’t come cheap, but if you commit to your goal and attack it, you can get all the side-eye you can handle with people in the gym really wanting to know what in Odin’s name you are doing over on the platform.


The Road to Sheffield

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Already one of the strongest raw powerlifters to ever exist, Jesus Olivares is still pushing himself to greater heights of brute force. And just last week, Olivares hit a massive 463-kilogram (1,020-pound) squat in training as he looks to peak for his next meet in Sheffield, England, in February of 2024.

Is he putting the world on notice that he is not content with merely having the all-time total and IPF raw deadlift world records? If training keeps going well, he may be able to challenge for the all-time raw squat world record. Check out this beastly lift, and don’t sleep on Olivares to carve his name into the history books right next to the all-time greats in the sport of powerlifting.

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