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How to barbell squat properly [Article, Free Download]

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Jan 24, 2019 12:49:52 AM

How to barbell squat properly?

Take it serious. Serious people lift serious weights. Build maximum tension and focus. The setup is the most important part of the lift. The rest is execution. Learn more in the following article.

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Topics: Squat, Strength, Fitness, Lift stronger

Why are barbell squats so hard? [Article]

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Jan 10, 2019 12:05:45 AM

Why are barbell squats so hard?

Barbell squats are hard when you lack tension and mobility. Build tension through the right setup and mobility through yoga and Cossack squats.

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Topics: Squat, Lift stronger, Strength, Fitness

Deadlift or squat for mass [Article]

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Nov 6, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Deadlift or squat for mass

 

It is only worth asking that question when you already have a detailed diet plan. Otherwise, you are putting your time into the wrong research project. Set that all things are in order the squat is the better lift to build mass as you can do more volume injury free. 

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Topics: Strength, Lift stronger, Deadlift, Squat, Food & Diet

Deadlift and squat shoes [Article]

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Oct 2, 2018 9:30:00 AM

Deadlift and squat shoes

 

Both have their place. If you are a powerlifter get both. Weightlifters only need squat shoes. Weekend warriors might want to consider a pair of Crossfit shoes or Adidas powerlifter to save money and space. 

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Topics: Deadlift, Squat, Strength, Lift stronger

Stronglifts: How to squat [Article]

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Sep 19, 2018 9:32:00 AM

Stronglifts: How to Squat

This article covers the five most important points for squatting on Stronglifts. You will learn basic techniques and find material to deepen your knowledge. To start learn a proper walk out, how to build tension and to squat to depth. Learn these techniques one step at a time. For more detail you can always contact me via pascal@marathon-crossfit.com.

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Topics: Strength, Fitness, Squat, Stronglifts 5x5, Lift stronger

Stronglifts can't squat [Article]

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Jul 25, 2018 9:30:00 AM

 

Stronglifts can't squat

 

This article outlines the main reasons why you can't squat and how to fix them. From there you will learn about the personal experiences I had when I started with Stronglifts 5x5. In the end, you will find useful resources to help your thought process to become a better lifter. If you have any questions leave them in the comments or write directly to pascal@marathon-crossfit.com.

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Topics: Stronglifts 5x5, Strength, Squat, Lift stronger

How to plan your first powerlifting meet [Article, Tipps, Statistics]

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Jun 2, 2018 9:24:46 AM

How to plan your first powerlifting meet

 

Planning your first powerlifting meeting can be overwhelming. Especially if you are not a beast and have to put a bit of thought into it. This article will outline a thought process which will enable you to pick challenging numbers. You will be able to analyze your current results based on data. It is ideally suited for your first meet. Experienced lifters might get some valuable insight on how to pick their attempts based on data. For a quick read look only at the aggregated data and draw your conclusions from there.

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Topics: Squat, Deadlift, Bench Press

Can you do Smolov for the bench press? [Article]

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Jan 2, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Can you do Smolov for the bench press? [Article]


The short answer is yes, you can, but you shouldn't. Especially if you are just exploring different programs without really knowing what you are doing. A better option is to use Smolov Jr. to boost your bench press if you have gotten fed up with Starting Strength and Stronglifts and want to try something different. 
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Topics: Bench Press, Lift stronger, Smolov, Squat, Deadlift

Smolov vs Stronglifts 5x5 [Article]

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Dec 26, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Smolov vs Stronglifts 5x5

Programs and anything you do regarding training has to be seen in context to the goal set you are pursuing. I have done both Smolov and Stronglifts 5x5 myself after I changed my main training focus from endurance to strength chasing a 200kg squat, 230kg deadlift and 180 kg bench press at 80kg bodyweight. If you read any material comparing programs, make sure that the author spent some time on putting the programs into context so that they understand the big picture rather than just crunching the numbers. This will be different for each individual based on many factors like age, training and injury history, sleep, nutrition, genetics and stress levels.
 
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Topics: Smolov, Stronglifts 5x5, Lift stronger, Squat, Bench Press, Deadlift

Smolov vs Jim Wendler 531 [Article]

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Dec 19, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Smolov vs Jim Wendler 531

This write-up compares the Smolov squat program and Jim Wendler 531 for different sports purposes like powerlifting, weightlifting, football and martial arts. Generally speaking based on my experience with the programs and as a Judoka in my teenage years and aspiring powerlifter in my thirties Wendler 531 makes a good addition to any athlete's training cycle who wants to build general strength with a barbell while Smolov lacks usefulness because of its single minded approach and is still fun to do once in your life to test your mind and body.

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Topics: Smolov, Jim Wendler 5/3/1, Squat, Bench Press, Deadlift