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The Great Rack Pull Myth

This is a classic case of an idea that works beautifully in theory but, at least in many cases, fails to pay off in the real world. The theory behind rack pulls is that they allow you to use more weight than you normally can handle in conventional deadlifts, which helps target  certain sticking points, namely the lockout position—a real sore spot for many lifters. Sounds good, huh?

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How Simple Is the 5/3/1 Training Program To Use?

From Jim: Don't confuse complexity with effectiveness. A program only needs to be as complex as to make progress. One thing that I preach to myself is that I'm always a beginner; the basics will always work. The only thing that changes is the application of the basics.  The following is a short testimonial detailing this very subject.   “I had decided that 5/3/1 lacked substance because of simplicity when compared with “the next best program you’re not doing” when all the evidence of progression was written down in my training logs and stared back in the mirror; because I wasn’t committed as a learner to hard work and educating myself on the basics.” Three months into using 5/3/1 I...

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