Learn Powerlifting From World Class Athletes and Coaches



Avi Silverberg, National Powerlifting Team Coach

Chris Fudge, Coach & National Level Powerlifter

Dr. Megan Branton

Dr. Megan Bryanton, Human Performance 

Clifton Pho, World Powerlifting Champion

steve denovi

Steve DeNovi, MBA, 10+ years coaching


barenaked powerlifting barbell 2.0

Barenaked Powerlifting Bar 2.0 Review: Pros, Cons, & Alternatives

For the last two months, I’ve been using and testing the Bells of Steel Barenaked Powerlifting Barbell 2.0 in my personal workouts. My wife (also a competitive powerlifter) and a few powerlifting clients I train in my home gym have also tested it.  Overall, the Barenaked Powerlifting Barbell 2.0 offers high quality at a budget

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best slam balls to build power and explosiveness

11 Best Slam Balls: Build Power and Explosiveness

There’s something satisfying about raising a weighted ball over your head and slamming it into the ground. But beyond the stress-relieving benefits, ball slams are fantastic for increasing cardiovascular endurance and developing power and explosiveness. Choosing the right equipment is essential if you want to incorporate ball slams into your routine. There are many types

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do squats make your butt bigger

Do Squats Make Your Butt Bigger? (Science-Backed)

There's a reason why the squat is an exercise that has been around for thousands of years. When it comes to its benefits, it seems like there's nothing they can't do. But what about growing your glutes? Do squats make your butt bigger? Squats and other squat variation exercises have been proven to produce high

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best lat pulldown bars for your home gym

12 Best Lat Pulldown Bars for Your Home Gym

The lat pulldown bar is used to strengthen the upper back (latissimus dorsi) muscles. These metal bars attach to lat pulldown machines or cables and enable you to perform pulldowns using a wide grip or close grip to target the upper back differently.  Lat pulldown bars are a great addition to your home gym and

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best battle ropes for your home gym

10 Best Battle Ropes for Your Home Gym

Battle ropes, also called power ropes or workout ropes, are a great piece of gym equipment for total body cardio workouts. These 30- to 50-foot-long ropes can help you burn calories, improve your cardiovascular fitness, and build muscle.  The 10 best battle ropes are:  Battle ropes are a great addition to consider if you’re building

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push press vs. overhead press

Push Press vs. Overhead Press: Differences, Pros, and Cons

To the untrained eye, the push press and overhead press may look like the same lift. Some even use the names interchangeably, thinking it’s the same lift, but it’s not. There are key differences in the execution and purpose of each lift and what they train.  So what is the difference between the push press

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arm blaster workout

Arm Blaster Workout: How To Get Bigger Arms

You may have seen or used an arm blaster in your gym – that over-the-shoulder bar that saddles the back of your arms in place for bicep curls and tricep pushdowns. But what does an arm blaster do? Is it a worthwhile tool for bicep and tricep work, and if so, how should you use

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best plyo box for crossfit and other high-intensity workouts

12 Best Plyo Boxes for CrossFit and High-Intensity Workouts

If you’re a CrossFitter, someone who frequently does high-intensity workouts, or any other athlete who practices box jumps often, a plyometric box is an excellent addition to your gym.  But as with all gym equipment, many different brands sell box jump boxes. Plyo boxes are also available in different sizes and materials. To make it

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sandbag workout

Sandbag Workouts: What Are They and Should You Do Them?

Many gyms have sandbags as an option for resistance and endurance training, but they often go underutilized by gym-goers who are unsure how to use sandbags or what to use them for. With a little understanding, gym-goers with various goals can benefit from sandbag training.  The 15 best exercises to include in your sandbag workout

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how to choose a trap bar

How To Choose a Trap Bar: Top 11 Picks

A trap bar is an often underrated and underutilized piece of gym equipment. It can make deadlifts easier and safer to perform. It can also help you add variety to your workouts by enabling you to do exercises like farmer’s carries with ease. But as with all gym equipment, not every trap bar is the

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how to perform hex bar deadlifts

How To Perform Hex Bar Deadlifts

The hex bar, also known as the trap bar, is a seriously underrated barbell used for the deadlift exercise. It may seem intimidating and complicated to use, but it is surprisingly more beginner friendly than regular barbell conventional deadlifts. So what is a hex bar, and how do you do a hex bar deadlift? The

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best cable machine for home gym

11 Best Cable Machines for Home Gyms

A cable machine is a versatile piece of equipment to have at home that complements your other fitness equipment like free weights. With a bit of creativity, you can perform various exercises that can target nearly every single muscle in the body. The best cable machines for a home gym setup are: In this article,

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The 8 Best Safety Squat Bars

Finding the best safety squat bar for your situation is not easy, especially knowing that it can potentially be an expensive purchase. Safety squat bars come in different shapes, sizes, and even price points, so there are a few things to consider when finding one that’s right for you. In this safety squat bar review,

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best weight benches for home workouts

14 Best Weight Benches for Home Workouts

Getting a workout bench set to use at home enhances your gym routine and enables you to perform various exercises. Weight benches allow you to target your muscles from various angles in both seated and standing positions.  The 14 best weight benches are:  Whether you’re looking for the best weight bench and rack, or you

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best gluteus medius exercises

11 Pro-Approved Gluteus Medius Exercises For A Strong Booty

The gluteus medius muscle is a little-known muscle, but it's vital for balance and healthy posture. While we’ve all heard the term “glutes” or “gluteus maximus,” we don’t often talk about the other glute muscles by name. As a professional trainer, my clients know this means training our booty, but most don't know what exercises

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best weightlifting shoes for powerlifting, weightlifting, and crossfit

10 Best Weightlifting Shoes

Choosing the best weightlifting shoes should not be rushed. Committing to purchasing a pair of weightlifting shoes is likely going to be a long commitment and significant investment, as they can potentially cost over $200. Knowing your budget and needs will help you determine which ones are best for you. So what are the best

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best bodyweight bicep exercises to grow your arms

10 Best Bodyweight Bicep Exercises To Grow Your Arms

While dumbbell curls and barbell curls are the most common ways to train your biceps, you can create a great bodyweight workout for the biceps as well. Whether you find yourself without access to your normal equipment or just prefer to add some variety to your workout, bodyweight biceps exercises can be a great option. 

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concept 2 ski erg review

Concept 2 SkiErg Review: Pros, Cons, Is It Worth It?

I’ve used a Concept 2 SkiErg in dozens of CrossFit classes, and I love and hate it at the same time. It’s a challenging workout but provides a different training stimulus than running, cycling, or rowing. That said, it’s not the first cardio machine I’d recommend if you’re looking for one to add to your

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concept 2 rower review

Concept 2 Rower Review: Pros, Cons, & Alternatives

If you want to improve your home gym with the addition of a rower machine, Concept 2 is the way to go. It’s made in the US and is considered the gold standard in rowing machines. The Concept 2 rower is a reliable, high-quality rower that’s built to last. Nearly everyone can benefit from having

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Hi! I’m Avi Silverberg and this is the place where my friends and I nerd out about powerlifting technique.  On this blog we share all the things we wish we knew when getting started.  On a personal level, I’ve been dedicating myself to the world of powerlifting for the past 15 years, having both competed and coached at the highest level.

Just Launched: The First Time Powerlifter

Just Launched: The First Time Powerlifter