Unbelievable! Eddie Hall just lifted half a ton 500kg/1102lbs deadlift and cemented his name in the history books. No wonder they call him THE BEAST! Unfortunately the lift was a little too much for the big man to handle because while he did lift it successfully, he passed out after busting blood vessels in his head, which is not surprising considering the MASSIVE weight! Here’s the footage of the lift:
If you want one of the best back workouts of your entire life, then consider the Romanian deadlift. This variation of the classic exercise is perfect for those who have a healthy back and want to improve it, particularly the lower back. However, those with a history of back problems or a potential for injury should avoid the Romanian deadlift, because it puts a greater strain on the lower back than if you were doing a regular deadlift. If you want to try out this terrific exercise here is what you need to know.
The Regular Deadlift
There are a few different ways that you can do a regular deadlift, but the standard is walking to the bar, bending down and grabbing it with your hands about shoulder width and then squatting down until your shins touch the metal. Straighten your back and then pull, making sure that you are paying attention to your form and to your breathing.
The Romanian Deadlift
The technique of the Romanian deadlift is a little different than the regular one. You need to do down and up without bending your legs, like this:
Square your shoulders because rounded shoulders can result in injury on this particular exercise.
What is the best way to train like a strongman? Easy, just do the exercises that strongmen do in the arena. These events that have been designed to test men to the very brink of their potential aren’t just flashy crowd-pleasers; they are all actual exercises that will train your body the way you want it to be trained. So, let’s take a look at the things that strongmen do in competition and examine the muscle groups that they affect and how these competitive events can get you in the best shape of your life.
Backward Drag: The backwards drag is a popular strongman event where the competitor pulls a heavy object while walking backwards. This is a terrific workout because it adds size and strength to your quads in a way that little else does. This is also an exercise that you can probably design at home to practice.
The importance of core strength cannot be overstated. Speak to any fitness guru or professional sports coach and they will always refer to core strength as being a huge factor in strength building. First of all I should clear the misconception that core strength refers to the strength of the abdominal muscles. Abdominal strength is a part of it but core strength refers to the strength of your entire torso.
Now there are many different exercises that you can incorporate into a core training program. For some, these core exercises will be challenging enough on their own. For others, you may wish to consider incorporating weights into the exercise to make it harder. Let’s take a look at some of these core strengthening exercises in more detail.
We might as well start with the most popular core strengthening exercise – the sit up. Sit ups are beneficial in working the abdominals and other stomach muscles, which are an important part of your core. With sit ups, try to focus on form rather than speed, and difficulty rather than quantity. If they are easy for you to perform then do them while holding some weight or while wearing a weighted vest. You can also do them upside down like this:
It depends on whether you train for it or not and this is only for people who are of normal weight or slim. It’s not applicable to those who have a lot of bodyfat because while being fat does inevitably strengthen your back due to the heavier load it does not help with strength like muscle does. In other words, a 100kg muscled man is likelier to be stronger and he will probably lift more weight than a 100kg obese man. So, if you’re of normal weight and have never trained your back with the deadlift or some other similar exercise like atlas stone lifting then I say lifting twice your own body weight for one rep should be considered good. Nothing special, but good and it shows that you possess average strength amongst normal, untrained men. Go talk to some powerlifters, check out some bodybuilding forums and you’ll find plenty of people who hold the same opinion. If you’ve never trained before then lifting 2x your own bodyweight deadlift is a decent lift, especially if you live a sedentary lifestyle. This is only for untrained men though… in bodybuilding and (especially) powerlifting/strongman circles lifting twice your own body weight is not an impressive feat at all and is certainly nothing to be proud of. For trained men I say 3 times your own bodyweight for one rep would be a good deadlift. Some will tell you 2.5x bodyweight is good but I don’t find that to be impressive for a powerlifter at all unless he’s overweight, as I know plenty of men with normal BMI who could do that without any previous back training. Continue reading →
He uses straps and that’s the reason this isn’t considered to be the world record for the raw deadlift, but it’s still a very impressive lift. At the moment the only man who lifted a close weight (460kg) to this guy without straps is none other than the raw deadlift world record holder Benedikt Magnusson. Click here to watch him do it.
As of now, Benedikt Magnusson holds the world record for the raw deadlift with a lift of 1015lbs/460kg. Yes I am aware of the 462kg lift of Eddie Hall but he used straps for that. Benedikt lifted 460kg with his bare hands and with no equipment aside from the belt.
So I’ve been reading a couple of articles on how to increase lower back strength and some of the suggestions included aerobic exercises which was quite funny. You are deluding yourself if you think you can build a stronger lower back with aerobic exercises.
There is no special exercise or a magical way to increase back strength. If you want to get a stronger lower back then you must lift weights or things, the heavier the better. The deadlift is definitely the best exercise for this if you have the equipment and the trick to increase your strength in a short amount of time is to do one rep and low rep, heavy weight training.
Let’s say your one rep deadlift max is 200kg/440lbs. To increase that weight I would start my workout by lifting 200kg, and then I would start reducing the weight discs and do reps until I tire out. After 200kg I would go down to 185kg, to 170kg and then to 150kg. The next day, or two days later, I would start out with 200kg once again and see if I can do 2 reps instead of one this time. If I succeed in doing that then I will increase the max weight with 1-5kg and start from there next time. By doing this type of workout you should be able to increase your lower back strength in a very short amount of time.
So you want to increase your grip strength? To do so you must train properly and strengthen your wrist and forearm. Let us go through some of the best ways to do so.
Perhaps this is the best way to increase grip strength. A gripper is a tool designed purposely to improve the strength of one’s grip. Here’s how it looks like:
You increase your grip strength simply by closing the gripper repeatedly. The common grippers, like the one above are normally very easy to close and won’t improve your grip strength that much unless you’re a woman or a weak man. If you’re a man with average strength then I recommend using heavy grip hand grippers like the one below: