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Worlds Strongest Man winner Eddie Hall has hit back at claims he's been using Photoshop to enhance his physique. Since winning the title in 2017 Eddie has dropped almost 30kg/4.7 stone, documenting his progress on Instagram, and promising to succeed in an unspecified 'new mission' next year. This has prompted some fitness youtubers to speculate that the strongman may have touched up some images – pointing to possible warping and other artifacts as evidence that the pictures are edited. Eddie responds In typical forthright style, Eddie has responded directly to the rumours via his Instagram page. The video below has...

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Gym machines are good for two groups of people: intermediate to advanced lifters who use them as an intelligent and well planned accessory in a program built around free weights, and old people struggling to delay the inevitable descent into weakness, immobility, and death we all face if we're not lucky enough to be taken out by disease or violence. For everyone else free weights are a much more effective tool for developing strength, size, and athleticism. But there's a third group who flock to machines like vultures to carrion: beginners. From speaking to people, and thinking about my own...

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The International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) is to ditch the Wilks formula and replace it with a newly developed 'IPF Formula' from next year.The decision was announced in the agenda for the IPF's general assembly on November 4th. The Wilks formula is a coefficient which has long been used to compare the performance of lifters in different weight categories by doing some complicated maths involving lift numbers and body weight. If you want to know whether a 60kg lifter is more impressive than a 90kg, despite the heavier athlete lifting more total weight, Wilks is what you use. But that's all...

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British athletes set 7 new British records at the IWF World Weightlifting Championships which ran from November 1-10 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Commonwealth Games silver medalist Jack Oliver, competing in the Men's 81kg class, delivered for Britain with a 143kg snatch, a 176kg clean and jerk, and a 319kg total. Oliver previously competed at the London 2012 Olympics in the 77kg class, finishing with a 310kg total and placing 10th overall – the best position of any British lifter at the games. Here he is with some impressive 110kg hang snatches in training. View this post on Instagram Competitions are opportunities...

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'Accommodating resistance' was originally described in the 1980s by biomechanist Dr. Vladimir Zatsiorsky. It was later popularised by Louis Simmons of the legendary Westside Barbell, and has since been used throughout the strength training world to build elite level squats, bench presses, and deadlifts. How it works is rooted in the principles of biomechanics. Anyone who's ever struggled to lock out their deadlift, or struggled to break it off the floor only to sail through the top of the lift, has experienced these principles in action. Due to joint angles, muscle elongation, and other factors the human body can produce...

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