IFBB Pro Joe Mackey had a strong 2021 season. As he gathers his thoughts and focuses on the road ahead, he documents everything for us in his latest article so that we can understand what's going through his mind. Be sure to check it out.
Our bodies take a beating, especially during heavy training. Are you at least giving yourself a chance at longevity? If not, throw Animal Flex—our complete joint health supplement—in the mix. Need further convincing? Stefi Cohen tells you a bit about it in her latest article.
Not sure if it's the right time to hire a powerlifting coach? Maybe you're contemplating if this is a necessity at all. In his latest article, elite powerlifter Rob Hall outlines how to know when it's time to pull the trigger on a coach.
Stefi Cohen has been cranking it during her new boxing endeavor that has her training rigorously throughout the day. With energy expenditure at an all time high and meals finely tuned in, she relies on Animal Pak to fill her nutritional gaps and give her the support she needs.
When you look around and see casuals training at the gym, the word "fear" isn't even in their repertoire of emotions. They're there to have a good lift, exercise, and feel good. What if you're training to become the real deal and you’re under hundreds or even thousands of pounds of weight that could kill you? Your mind changes and your attitude adjusts. Rob Hall covers this different mentality in his latest article.
Plateaus happen to everyone in the lifting game. Can't avoid them. This is particularly true in powerlifting when you feel like you hit a wall with your squat, bench, or deadlift. How do you get past it? Rob Hall tells you how to break through.
Powerlifting, and sports in general, are long journeys where growth is inevitable. We're not talking physical growth, but rather mental and spiritual growth that occurs as an athlete discovers wisdom through experience. You will do foolish things out of ignorance. It's part of the process. But learning and adjusting your approach is what makes a lifter go from good to great. In his latest article, Rob Hall reflects on his years of powerlifting and shares some words of wisdom to his past self. Check it out.
Injuries suck. Point blank. But they are a part of our sport because we push the limits every day. Sometimes, unfortunately, the limits push back. And when they do, you’re going to have a few choices—feel sorry for yourself and give up or find the lesson in this mess and rise above. Only you can decide.
2020 is a tough year for everyone, especially competitive athletes. With shows and competitions getting canceled and postponed left and right, the uncertainty or lack of a final destination in your training can lead to a loosening of the competitive mindset. Some people can only stay motivated when there is a goal on the map. How do you keep your head in the game with no meets in sight?
You are your worst critic. In strength sports, that is both good and bad because it keeps you accountable but at the same time you'll never be satisfied. Being content with your progress is the kiss of death and the nail in the coffin. We're all chasing greatness which feels close, yet so far away. But in the end, we just keep going.
As Rob Hall gets ready for his 4th appearance in the Animal Cage, we can't help but reminisce about the craziness of his early years, especially when he did a 600lb deadlift for 67 reps. Read his latest article to see what got him into the idea of The Cage and what it's like being inside.