🏋️ use two-a-day workouts for bigger gains

We're with everyone's favorite orange cat Garfield: Mondays can be rough. But we know the latest edition of the BarBend Newsletter will lift your end-of-weekend spirits.

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A bonkers (but fun!) Arnold Classic weekend is behind us. Find out who took home the win in the highly competitive Men's Open division.

Amanda Lawrence is ready for another dynamite year. And the powerlifter's recent 573-pound deadlift could be the precursor to more broken records in her future.

Working out twice a day doesn't need to be a grind. Our breakdown of two-a-day training should keep you in overdrive if you want to sneak another workout into your day.

2023 Arnold Classic Results

A Championship Weekend in Columbus

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Heading into this weekend's Arnold Classic bodybuilding show, most analysts picked Nick Walker to leave Columbus with the surefire victory. But the competition was stiffer than many people thought, and it was clear after Friday's pre-judging that both Samson Dauda and Andrew Jacked posed a serious threat to Walker's chances.

By Saturday night, reality had set in: Dauda was named the winner in a surprising upset that few saw coming. Walker took the runner-up spot, while Jacked came in third. In another twist, two-time Mr. Olympia, Mamdouh "Big Ramy" Elssbiay, only managed a fourth-place finish. Here's how the top 10 shook out:

  1. Samson Dauda

  2. Nick Walker

  3. Andrew Jacked

  4. Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay

  5. Shaun Clarida

  6. Akim Williams

  7. William Bonac

  8. Justin Rodriguez

  9. Kamal Elgargni

  10. Patrick Moore

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Amanda Lawrence's Eye-Opening Deadlift

Amanda Lawrence 573-pound deadlift March 2023

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Amanda Lawrence has won three of the last four IPF World titles in the 84-kilogram division, and she hasn't lost a competition since 2019. And if we're to take anything from the powerlifter's latest deadlift, this colossus isn't done absolutely crushing it on lifting platforms.

Last week saw Lawrence finish a staggering 259.9-kilogram (573-pound) raw deadlift during a training session. The pull is just half a kilogram off her all-time World Record of 260.5 kilograms (574.3 pounds), fittingly captured while winning a World Championships.

Lawrence will soon head to England for the 2023 Sheffield Championships. After that, it's about making it four IPF titles in half a decade. We don't know about you, but we wouldn't want to stand in her way.

Training Tips

Making Two-a-Day Workouts Realistic

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Depending on where you are with your fitness goals, you might have to start to think about doing two workouts every day. Hey, you have the time, and you have the energy, but you also don't want to burn yourself out. Everyone has their limits, and pushing yourself past can sometimes mean more harm than good.

We'll steer you in the right direction.

Our guide on two-a-day workouts will be your light at the end of the tunnel. From the pros and cons of two-a-days to proper programming tailored to your needs: you'll be ready to kill it.

Everything Else

An Arnold Strongman Classic to Remember

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