You are not perfectly symmetrical. As long as an imbalance isn’t causing pain, muscular symmetry is not worth worrying about. Probably.
Best Powerlifting Technique Articles
Most of the technique articles on Strengtheory focus on the squat, bench, and deadlift.
We put together comprehensive guides on each lift that will tell you everything (yes, we mean EVERYTHING) you need to know about improving your technique and adding weight to the bar for years to come.
How do you fix the sticking point in the squat? You don’t. Here’s what you can do to make sure you’re in the best possible position to complete the lift.
Blood flow restriction work makes you stronger than heavy training alone and is easy to recover from. Read up on the science of BFR and how to implement it.
What You’re Getting Yourself Into: 1,900 words, 6-13 minute read time Key Points: Your hip structure will impact your strength and comfort in the conventional and sumo deadlift much more than factors like height and limb lengths. There are no factors that make either the conventional or the sumo deadlift inherently easier or harder. It’s […]
What you’re getting yourself into 2,100 words 7-14 minute read time. If you’d rather watch than read, there are both a video and a graphic covering the same information at the end of the article. Key Points 1. In general, the body utilizes single-joint muscles before two-joint muscles really kick in. This makes movement more […]
What you’re getting yourself into: ~1900 words 5-8 minute read time Key Points 1. “Tuck your elbows” is generally a bad cue for the raw bench press. Even though your elbows should end up in a somewhat tucked position, most people will over-tuck if they focus on tucking their elbows. 2. “Flare and push” is […]
What you’re getting yourself into ~2,400 words. 6-10 minute read time. Key points: 1) When you miss a squat, it’s not because one muscle or muscle group failed – they all failed sequentially; what you perceive as your limiting factor is just the last thing that failed. 2) The quads are “maxed out” earlier in […]
What you’re getting yourself into: ~4200 words, 10-15 minute read time There’s a graphic and video at the end with the bulk of the information if you’ve given up on reading like the youths these days (*shakes cane*) Key Points 1. If you assume similar mechanics, bar position makes little difference in the challenge presented […]
What You’re Getting Yourself Into: ~6,100 words, 15-25 minute read time. However, it’s arranged topically, so if there are topics that don’t interest you, feel free to skip over them. Key Points: 1. Performance varies across the menstrual cycle in some women, related to severity of premenstrual and menstrual symptoms, while purely physiological variables are […]
What you’re getting yourself into: ~4700 words, 15-18 minute read time This is almost certainly the most thorough article on the web about the effects, benefits, and drawbacks of training with a belt. Key Points 1) Wearing a belt improves your performance in the gym 2) These performance increases likely mean increased size and strength […]