2 Easy Three Ingredient Weight Gainers
If you’re looking to gain weight and pack on some muscle, weight gainers are a great way to increase your caloric intake, especially if you’re a hardgainer. You can find two main types of weight gainers, and those are either sold commercially as powders which you add to water or […]

Easy Three Ingredient Weight Gainers


The Cost of Muscle (FI)
Every material has a value it is worth, based off a number of factors such as supply and demand, popularity, ease of accessibility/production, etc. Gold for example is worth $1275.40 per ounce or $41.04 per gram today (5/14/16), while Optimum Nutrition’s Gold Standard Whey Protein Powder is currently $0.72 per ounce […]

The Cost of Muscle


Watch 7 Europe's Strongest Man Competitions (FI)
The Europe’s Strongest Man competition is one of the premier strongman competitions of the world, in the ranks of the Arnold Strongman Classic and the World’s Strongest Man competitions. Considering that the majority of the worlds strongmen hail from European countries, the Europe’s Strongest Man Competitions are always a spectacle […]

Watch 7 Years of Europe’s Strongest Man Competitions



Beets and Endurance Training - Are You Juicing Bro - Part 2
Are you juicing bro? No I am not talking about steroids, but instead beet juice. Why would you ever want to drink beet juice though? In the second part of this Are you Juicing Bro? series of articles, we’ll examine the effect beet juice has on endurance training and why drinking beet juice is […]

Beet Juice and Endurance Training: Are You Juicing Bro? – ...


The Four Weirdest Specialty Barbells (FI)
Most compound lifts start with a barbell, and you know what one looks like. Weighting 20 kg or 45 lbs, 7 feet long, and outfitted with 2 inch Olympic sleeves, a regular ole barbell will help you pack on slabs of muscle and make you harder to kill. Since the […]

The Four Weirdest Specialty Barbells


Do You Make These 7 Lifting Mistakes (FI)
It’s very easy to follow a program, do the important things correctly, and think you’re getting results. Unfortunately, it’s even easier to mess up and do the little things wrong (such as not warming up), or worse forget to do them at all. When I see guys lifting in the gym […]

Do You Make These 7 Lifting Mistakes?



Improve your Hanging Leg Raise with 3 Tips (FI)
The hanging leg raise is one of the best abdominal exercises you can perform, hitting the rectus abdominis (especially the lower rectus abdominus) and external obliques extremely well, and this is backed up by thousands of anecdotal accounts by lifters, but also by science. Bret Contreras collected electromyography (EMG) data for […]

Improve Your Hanging Leg Raise with 3 Tips


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The internet is an unbelievable repository of information, and I use it daily to delve into new and old strength training/conditioning topics, research, and advice from iron hardened gym warriors, but contrary to what many believe, not everything is on the internet. Some of the best information I have learned regarding […]

8 MUST READ Strength Training Books


Phytoestrogens and Strength Training - Isoflavones (FI)
As a reader of Strength Cooperative, you probably have specific strength training goals you are working towards, such as getting stronger in the big three lifts (squat, deadlift, and bench press), building some muscle, and maybe losing excess body fat. In order to do this, you train hard and smart […]

Phytoestrogens and Strength Training – Isoflavones



Incredible 465 kg Strongman Deadlift World Record (FI)
The sport of strongman has a few different deadlift world records, but for a deadlift 1 rep max (1RM), there are three main categories: A deadlift using a standard bar and plates, but straps and hitching allowed. A partial deadlift with wrist straps from 18″ off the floor with high bending […]

Incredible 465 kg Strongman Deadlift World Record 3/4/16


Three Arnold Schwartzenegger Bodybuilding Documentaries to Inspire (FI)
The 1977 bodybuilding documentary “Pumping Iron”, is known the world over, but there was more drama to Arnold’s bodybuilding career than just his showdown against Lou Ferrigno and Franco Columbo for the Mr. Olympia title in 1975. Watch two other lesser known Arnold Schwarzenegger documentaries and Pumping Iron and feel the […]

Three Arnold Schwarzenegger Bodybuilding Documentaries to Inspire


Helpful Medical Test to Take as a Lifter (FI)
When it comes to weight lifting, the most important factors influencing your ability to gain strength, lose fat, and pack on muscle mass are consistent strength training, proper nutrition, adequate sleep/recovery, and even intelligent supplementation (like with whey protein and creatine). In order to determine whether you are making the best progress possible […]

Helpful Medical Tests to Take as a Lifter – Part ...



How to Determine a 1RM (FI)
If you goal is to get stronger in the gym, your 1 rep max (1RM) of a given exercise is an important number to know and understand. The 1 rep max can be defined as the maximum amount of weight that can be lifted for a given exercise for a […]

How to Determine a 1RM


Whey Hydrolysate - In-Depth Analysis (FI)
You might take a scoop of whey protein religiously after a workout during the sacred “30 minute post-workout window of gainz”, but do you know if whey protein even works or how it functions? In order to maximize your physiological benefits (getting stronger and packing on muscle) from whey protein supplementation, […]

Whey Hydrolysate: An In-Depth Analysis


Increase Reps in Reverse for Foolproof Progress (FI)
There are dozens of methods of strength progression, along with three main weightlifting exercise categories, and it can be daunting for both beginner and advanced lifters to choose the strength progression method which will pay the biggest dividends in the gym. Some of these methods include increasing the weight of the exercise, […]

Increase Reps In Reverse for Foolproof Progress



3 Reasons Grid has Crossfit Beat (FI)1
Established in 2014, the NPGL (National Pro Grid League) is a new functional fitness sport following in the footsteps of Crossfit and other established functional training programs. The big question on everyone’s mind is, can the newly created NPGL compete with the now established juggernaut known as Crossfit? While there […]

3 Reasons GRID Has Crossfit Beat


Four Pull-Up Challenges to Blast your Back (FI)
Sometimes there just isn’t enough time in the day, and you might have only ten minutes to get a workout in. While that might see impossible, I can and have had great workouts which have left me sore the next day in ten minutes or less, and you can too. […]

Four Pull-Up Challenges to Blast your Back


Floss Bands The Ultimate Mobility-Rehab-Prehab Tool (FI)
Muscle flossing has recently exploded onto the physical therapy and fitness scenes, yet the mechanisms explaining why muscle flossing is so effective at increasing mobility and flexibility, rehabbing injuries, and as a prehab tool is still a mystery. Heck, even the most popular brand of floss bands on the market […]

Floss Bands: The Ultimate Mobility/Rehab/Prehab Tool