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Tip: Rear Foot Elevated Hip Flexor Stretch

Most lifters have tight hip flexors. Here's how to fix them up.

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Tip: The Deficit Deadlift

Stand on a plate or study platform, then deadlift. This increases the range of motion, making it one of the toughest lifts out there.

Tip: Your 1RM Doesn't Really Matter

Unless you're a competitor, you're better off using other measurements of progress. Check 'em out here.

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Tip: 40 Second of Athleticism

Overall athleticism is a combo of movement quality, coordination, strength, and speed.

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Tip: One-And-A-Quarter Reps for Triceps

Go through a full range of motion, then a quarter of the range of motion. That's one rep.

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Tip: Reverse Bench Press

Also called the reverse inverted row, this odd-looking exercise boosts your bench press by teaching lat and upper back activation.

Tip: The Natural Cancer Fighter

This stuff helps reduce soreness from hard training, but its potential benefits go far beyond that. Check this out.

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Tip: Continuous-Tension Dumbbell Bench Press

Tension builds muscle. Stop your reps just short of lockout if your main goal is hypertrophy. It's a good finisher after your full ROM sets.

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Tip: The Kettlebell Flye

The open grip and wrist position here allows for better pec isolation.

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Tip: Standing Rotational Rope Row, Unilateral

Pittsburg Pirates outfielder, Austin Meadows, demonstrates this variation of the rope row. Note the hand rotation for more activation of the lats and upper back.

Tip: Another Great Reason to Drink Green Tea

It has tons of health and fat-burning benefits, but here's another reason you may want to cool off with iced green tea this summer.

Tip: Another Damn Good Reason to Lift

Most people think of cardio when they think of long-term health. Here's what they're missing.

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Tip: Guillotine High Cable Curl

This exercise hits both the long and short heads of the biceps, which most biceps exercises can't do.

Tip: Do This Medball Exercise Before Squats

Get your central nervous system ready for heavy squats by doing this simple exercise first.

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Tip: The Gironda 45-Degree Row

Without moving your hips back and forth, get a good stretch in the lats, then pull the bar into the lower abs.

Tip: Your Social Media – Motivating or Nah?

Are your fitness posts and photos motivating people or de-motivating them? Check out this surprising new study.

Tip: Explode, Then Squat

Do this explosive movement before barbell squats and you'll lift more weight.

Tip: Try This For Bigger Traps

Got a bit of a pencil neck? This shrug variation will get your traps to explode in no time.

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Tip: Ring Suspension-Trainer Dip

Suspension dips are easier on your shoulders. As a bonus, you'll get a better pec contraction compared to bar dips.

Tip: In Defense of the Partial Squat

Think full range of motion is the only right way to squat? This may change your mind.

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Tip: Olympic Deadlift

This is a hybrid between deadlifts and the traditional Olympic clean pull.

Tip: Two Squat Variations You Need to Try

Squat multiple times per week for best results, but be smart about it with these load and style variations.

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Tip: One-Arm Dumbbell Incline Press

Master tension and build anti-rotation strength. Work up to 50 percent of bodyweight for 5-10 reps per side.

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Tip: One-Arm Push-Up

Test your upper-body strength in a new way and develop control and stability. Work up to doing at least 5 solid reps per side.