You and I can learn a lot from a man like Ron Buchanan, a 74-year old weightlifter who spent a lifetime competing in powerlifting, Olympic weightlifting, and bodybuilding. In his prime, Ron could deadlift over three times his body weight, and squat nearly three times his weight. And now, at 74 years old, he’s still going strong, and looks and performs better than most men half his age.
When asked if he had any words of wisdom to give a novice in the iron game, Ron said:
“Pursue powerlifting, Olympic lifting, and bodybuilding for the right reasons.”
That’s certainly good advice and a topic worthy of discussion. But today, I want to focus on what Ron said next. He said:
“I’m still active and mobile because I made my health my number one concern in the pursuit of my lifting and bodybuilding goals.”
Did you get that, folks?
Ron attributes his success then (and now) to prioritizing his health above all else.
And I’ve heard the same thing over and over again from successful athletes, fitness enthusiasts, warriors, and ordinary folks – both young and old. And it makes sense right? I mean, if you don’t have your health, you certainly won’t have much else. This is a powerful lesson that’s best learned early on in training (but better late than never!).
So, how do we prioritize our health, in training? How do we put it first? And what makes training or fitness health-first? Let’s explore that.
What Strength Coaches & Researchers Say You Should Be Able to Deadlift: Including Official And Unofficial Deadlift Strength Standards For Weightlifters, Athletes, And Regular People. Plus, Average Test Results, The Latest World Records, And More! (Plus, Some Free Resources to Help You Deadlift More!)
If you’re wondering, “how much should I be able to deadlift?” this article will show how you measure up to the various deadlift standards and also help you set a challenging, but doable goal for yourself.
The short answer to the question, how much should I be able to deadlift, is that, it depends on your goals, conditioning level, how old you are, and how many years you’ve been training, among other things. It just depends. That said, this guide will cover some general standards you can use to rate your performance in the deadlift exercise, whether you’re a complete beginner, a recreational weightlifter, or a competitive powerlifter.
Seven Exercises and Extra Tips to Help Prevent, Reduce, Eliminate, and Otherwise Remedy Anterior Pelvic Tilt
Anterior pelvic tilt, or APT for short, is a common postural disorder where your pelvis is tilted forward. If you imagine your pelvis like a bowl full of water, a pelvis with APT would be pouring water out the front.
Note: anterior pelvic tilt is also known as lower crossed syndrome.
Anterior pelvic tilt is a very common condition, especially among those who sit too much. And while it’s not necessarily problematic in-and-of-itself, it certainly isn’t an optimal posture, and could lead to problems down the road (e.g. lower back pain, knee issues, etc.). Fortunately, some simple exercises are often all that is needed to fix anterior pelvic tilt and bring the spine and pelvis back into alignment.
12 Quick and Easy Exercises to Strengthen Your Wrists, Increase Your Range of Motion, and Lower the Risk of a Strain or Break, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, or Overuse Injury
Many people who are savvy to joint mobility training focus on the hips, shoulders, and thoracic spine, while neglecting some of the smaller joints such as the wrists. I think this is a mistake because even your wrists can become a big problem if you don’t take care of them.
And in this day-and-age, when we’re so deconditioned from our sedentary and digital lifestyles – not to mention all the wear and tear our body’s accumulate from disuse (e.g. sitting around too much), misuse (e.g. excessive typing & texting), and abuse (e.g. repetitive exercise) – our wrists are in pretty bad shape. In fact, most folks who don’t train their joints, have weak, brittle, injury-prone, and just plain cranky wrists that eventually require some tender loving care.
Fortunately, a handful of exercises and a little TLC can go a long way to keep your wrists strong, mobile, and pain-free.
Don’t wait until something bad happens. Your joints need training just like your heart and your muscles do.
So, here are some exercises to help restore your wrist mobility and strengthen their basic ranges of motion. A minute or two a day can go a long way toward keeping your wrists healthy and strong.
12 Wrist Strengthening Exercises For Mobility & Strength
FYI, this PSA will be TMI – mainly because talking about poo tends to be taboo. But like the good folks at Squatty Potty® say, it’s time to break the silence because your health is worth it.
So, we’re going to talk about pooping in a minute. But before we get to that, let’s talk about your squat.
Here’s the thing: if you’re a human with two good legs, you should be able to squat easily. And if you can’t get into a deep, rock-bottom squat effortlessly, you should be working on it almost daily, in my opinion. And if you can squat through a full range of motion, you should be maintaining that ability regularly. The problem is that not everyone wants to practice their squat on a daily basis. Or, they just don’t have the self-discipline day after day.
Enter the Squatty Potty®.