BIG BENCH PRESS NOW!

The bench press is often the litmus test for being strong in the gym. Accurate or not, I coach competitors that need to be at their best in all three phases of a powerlifting meet.

Here are some tips you may not have considered to bring up your or a client’s press. I have added to exercises I love to help the bench press: Spartan presses, dead presses and JM presses.

Spartan presses combine the Spoto and Larsen press. This is all about bracing and the shove!
Focus on the sticking point with dead presses. I recommend starting at the top position to unrack the bar and settle into the shoulders.
This is not a skullcrusher! Elbows up and out!

Additional tools:

Bench Blokz & Fat Gripz available at https://benchblokz.godaddysites.com/

Bands & wrist wraps at https://www.andersonpowerlifting.com/

Women and performance enhancing drugs, a survey.

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photo @aaron_palko_photography

Emma Jarman
11.30.20

PED’s, gear, gym candy, ‘roids, juice, skittles, pumpers, stackers; there are a million words for steroids and other performance enhancing drugs in the strength sport community (and others) and their use is an accepted part of powerlifting and bodybuilding in untested competition (and tested, but that’s neither here nor there) … for men. Women, on the other hand, haven’t quite reached the “acceptance” stage yet. We’re still stuck somewhere between denial and bargaining, trying to become and remain competitive in high-level competition while also battling the stigma of virilization (both actual and perceived). Along with the “they’ll turn you into a man” chorus echoed by uninformed women and fragile-ego’d men, women also battle the stigma of our choice to denounce the ideal of “feminine purity” imposed by a male-dominated sport, society and world, not only by competing in strength sports to begin with, but by…

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Ashes Of EDEN

Will the faithful be rewarded
When we come to the end
Will I miss the final warning
From the lie that I have lived
Is there anybody calling
I can see the soul within
And I am not worthy
I am not worthy of this
Are you with me after all
Why can’t I hear you
Are you with me through it all
Then why can’t I feel you
Stay with me, don’t let me go
Because there’s nothing left at all
Stay with me, don’t let me go
Until the Ashes of Eden fall
Will the darkness fall upon me
When the air is growing thin
Will the light begin to pull me
To its everlasting will
I can hear the voices haunting
There is nothing left to fear
And I am still calling
I am still calling to you
Are you with me after all
Why can’t I hear you
Are you with me through it all
Then why can’t I feel you
Stay with me, don’t let me go
Because there’s nothing left at all
Stay with me, don’t let me go
Until the Ashes of Eden fall
Why can’t I hear you
Stay with me, don’t let me go
Because there’s nothing left at all
Stay with me, don’t let me go
Until the Ashes of Eden fall
Heaven above me, take my hand
Shine until there’s nothing left but you
Heaven above me, take my hand
Shine until there’s nothing left but you

Watch Over You

Leaves are on the ground
Fall has come
Blue skies turning grey
Like my love

I tried to carry you
And make you whole
But it was never enough
I must go

And who is gonna save you
When I’m gone?
And who’ll watch over you
When I’m gone?

You say you care for me
But hide it well
How can you love someone
And not yourself?

And who is gonna save you
When I’m gone?
And who’ll watch over you
When I’m gone?

And when I’m gone
Who will break your fall?
Who will you blame?

I can’t go on
Let you lose it all
It’s more than I can take
Who’ll ease your pain?
Ease your pain

And who is gonna save you
When I’m gone?
And who’ll watch over you

And I will give you strength
When you’re not strong
Who’ll watch over you
When I’m gone away?

Snow is on the ground
Winters come
You long to hear my voice
But I’m long gone

Vulnerability, Struggle and Hope

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line is a global not-for-profit organization providing free confidential crisis intervention via SMS message. The organization’s services are available 24 hours a day, every day, throughout the US, UK, and Canada and can be reached by texting HOME to 741741, 85258, or 686868 respectively.

American Federation of Suicide Prevention

https://afsp.org/find-support/

 

Soul food

While I understand that the intrinsically motivated person is what many of use clamor for it really is misunderstood. In the same way we need to eat to fuel the body we MUST fuel the soul.

I laughed reading a well meaning post posturing about his disdain for those needing to be motivated to workout. Meanwhile he reps a pre-work out company. 😆 I guess quotes and videos are bad but a drink he gets a kickback for are ok.

Yes there are those that just do their thing. Nothing needed for fuel. Just them. Awesome. And there are those that love eating up quotes, articles and videos that they see as a valuable.

“Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”
Marcus Aurelius

If your spirit is stirred up and the product is a desired results, don’t question it. Use it.

#bloodsweatchalk

Wellness….

Life...Take 2!

what the heck does this word really mean?  Wellness seems to be a popular buzz word that is thrown around a lot these days, especially in conjunction with the word health.  I know I am guilty of using it a lot in my own blog, Instagram and even Facebook posts but when I stopped to think about it I was a little unsure if I was even using it correctly. 🙄 I caught myself dropping the word yesterday when I was talking to a friend of mine who I have been coaching for the last couple months and I realized it really can mean different things to different people. What wellness means to me may be totally different than what it means to my friend and to all of you out there as well!

I wanted to dive a little deeper into what this word really encompasses so of course the…

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