Posts in Powerlifting
The Story of Pioneer Belts: Crafted in America

You don't have to be in the powerlifting game long to run across Pioneer Belts. In the last few years, their popularity has exploded. If you need proof, just hop on Instagram and you'll see some of your favorite lifters rocking a custom Pioneer belt. Where did they come from? How long have they been doing this and where did the idea for completely custom belts come from? We recently had a conversation with Matt Hadden, President of General Leathercraft Mfg. & Pioneer Belts, to get their full story.

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Does This Wilks Score Make Me Look Fat?

We all know that powerlifting is a game of numbers.  So is CrossFit, strongman, Olympic weightlifting, and just about any type of competitive strength sport you can think of.  There is some form of gauge for each discipline.  In powerlifting we look specifically at weight (MASS) moved in the three lifts.  If you live in Trumpland, we call those pounds.  If you live somewhere else you go by kilometers, or something like that.  Either way, the basic concept doesn’t change

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Besides being one of the most functional exercises you can perform, the deadlift might also be the best exercise for demonstrating raw power. Nothing quite matches that feeling of successfully ripping a barbell loaded with plates from the floor. Now, I will be the first to admit I am far from a deadlift expert but using a few simple techniques I was able to move my measly 455lb deadlift to a more respectable 515 in a matter of months. I also believe using these techniques I can maintain steady progress for quite some time.

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