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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





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


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





The Ultimate Guide to Body Fat Testing (FI)
The human body has a variety of classifications that can be placed upon it, such as the fact that there are 206 bones, ~640 muscles, and 78 total organs (five of them vital) in the human body, but the classifications which will be discussed in this article relate to body-weight […]

The Ultimate Body Fat Testing Guide



Four Calisthenics Athletes-Organzitions to Follow (FI)
Calisthenics are body-weight exercises performed to achieve bodily fitness and grace of movement. Calisthenic exercises can range from the simple (such as a body-weight squat or a pull-up) to the advanced (such as human flag). Calisthenics differs from bodybuilding or powerlifting in that its goals are not aesthetics or pure strength, but […]

Four Calisthenics Athletes/Organizations to Follow



The Benefits of Indian Club Training (FI)
Besides an injured/weak lower back, the shoulders are probably the most dysfunctional, injured, and overused body part which active individuals have issues with. These shoulder issues can arise for many different reasons, maybe from blunt trauma (like falling off of your bike onto your shoulder), or continuous repetitive motions (like that of a […]

The Benefits of Indian Club Training