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Donovan Ford shows us what a great workout plan should look like!

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Have you ever looked at a workout plan and asked yourself why you should pay money for it? If you have ever found yourself in this situation, one of two things happened: 1. That workout plan was, in fact, garbage, or 2. You underestimated the power of a great workout plan. We can't prevent garbage workout plans from being created or sold, but we can prevent you from underestimating the power of a great workout plan. Since we like to get right to the point around here, we're going to skip long lists of reasons and, instead, show you exactly what a great workout plan should do for you.  Check out Donovan Ford's video below: In the video above, you watched Ford do a 430-lb. jerk triplet behind the neck AND a 540-lb. back squat triplet! That on its own is incredible, but did you notice what Ford credited his skills to? That's right, a great workout plan. A well-crafted workout plan should not only challenge you, it should lead you to amazing results. You saw what Ford's workout program did for him, now it's time to see what one can do for you. Ready to find a great workout plan? If you're searching for the perfect workout plan, you've come to the right place. Here at Exercise.com, we're devoted to helping you find the trainers and workouts that will lead you to the greatest success. That being said, we know one of the best Olympic weightlifting coaches in the game. His name? Greg Everett of Catalyst Athletics.  Catalyst Athletics is a multi-time national medalist USA Weightlifting team, as well as the world's leading source of Olympic weightlifting educational material. In addition, Catalyst Athletics is the training program that led Donovan Ford to the success that you witnessed in the video above. Like Ford, you too can train with Greg Everett and Catalyst Athletics. All you have to do is join the Catalyst Athletics Olympic Weightlifting workout group for $10 per month, and you'll be on your way to achieving your weightlifting goals! Click here to join the Catalyst Athletics Olympic Weightlifting workout group! Video credit: Donovan Ford (dford_105)
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Watch this woman squat almost double her bodyweight!

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As many of you know, on Saturdays we like to highlight achievements in the fitness world. Often, those achievements are superhuman feats, like Eddie Hall's record-breaking, half-a-ton deadlift. While records set by gods like Eddie Hall are incredible, sometimes they feel beyond our reach as mere earthlings. So, to give us some achievable inspiration, today we're bringing you the achievement of one powerful earthling named Artemis Scantalides. Artemis hails from Iron Body Studios in Roxbury, Massachusetts, and is a huge supporter of kettlebell training, especially the Russian Hardstyle method. But don't let her passion for kettlebell training fool you — Artemis loves a good barbell! As proof, check out Artemis's 215-lb. back squat in the video below: Sure, 215-lbs. makes an impressive back squat, but you may be wondering why we're considering it a major feat. We'll explain. First, let us share a few details with you: Artemis has a bodyweight of 112 lbs., and, in the video above, she squatted 215 lbs. Now take a moment to do the math. If Artemis weights 112 lbs., that 215-lb. squat was just 10 lbs. shy of double her weight! Can you back squat double your weight? Tell us your back squat PRs in the comments below! Train with Artemis! Artemis's 215-lb. back squat has us more than convinced that she knows how to work the weights. If you're as convinced as we are, join Artemis and the Iron Body Studios team at their premium Iron Body Studios workout group! When you join the Iron Body Studios workout group for $24.99 per month, you'll receive monthly workouts that are designed and curated by the Iron Body Studios team. In addition, you'll receive detailed instructional videos, discussion boards with the trainers, and workout reminders. Click here to join the Iron Body Studios workout group! Video credit: Iron Body by Artemis
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#WorkoutWednesday: Take the stress out lifting with this workout from Catalyst Athletics!

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Once you realize how much weightlifting can do for you and gain enought motivation to actually lift, jumping into the weightlifting world can be tough. Your head is probably spinning with questions and concerns. What lifts should you start with? How much weight should you lift? How many sets and reps? The questions are endless.  Because we understand the stress involved in starting out, today we're bringing you a #WorkoutWednesday from Greg Everett of Catalyst Athletics, the leader in Olympic weightlifting!  Check out this this 12-Week Basic Cycle workout plan from Catalyst Athletics: This program is designed to help you take the first step in your weightlifting journey. The 12-week cycle is filled with squatting, pulling, and pressing strength work that is proven to help you beat your PRs! Besides helping newer weightlifters advance, this plan is great for those who cannot tolerate or recover from intense lifting plans. Train with Catalyst Athletics! To expand your weightlifting knowledge and skill, purchase Catalyst Athletics's full 12-Week Basic Cycle workout plan for just $25! In addition to the benefits discussed above, you'll receive unlimited access to the plan, instructional videos, and personalized workout reminders! Click here to start training with Catalyst Athletics!
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#WorkoutWednesday: Iron Body Studios helps you get your kettlebell swing on!

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We're going to take a wild guess that all of us have heard of kettlebell training — many of us may even use them on a regular basis. Since you all know what we're talking about, ready to hear something surprising about kettlebells? Kettlebells were introduced to American fitness a little less than 20 years ago. Surprising, right? With their current popularity, kettlebells could fool most people into believing that they've played a role in American fitness since the beginning. But, the truth is, they're the new kids on the block. Kettlebells' popularity in such a short period of time is certainly deserved though! Need a refresher on the benefits of kettlebell training?  According to Iron Body Studios, some of the kettlebell masters, kettlebell training will help you... Develop a lean physique, Lose fat without dieting or aerobics, Increase your cardiovascular ability Create higher levels of combined strength and flexibility, and Become more resilient overall. Now that you remember (or just learned) the reasons for kettlebell training, check out this kettlebell workout from Iron Body Studios: In this workout from the Iron Body Training 1.2014: Level 1 workout plan, you will focus on fundamental kettlebell movements, which lay the foundation for the strength that will support and lead you to all of your fitness goals. Train with Iron Body Studios! To access the full Iron Body Training 1.2014: Level 1 workout plan, join the Iron Body Studios premium workout group today for just $24.99 per month! With the Iron Body Studios workout group, you'll be able to train with Artemis Scantalides and Eric Gahan at a fraction of the cost of an individual training program. Plus, you'lll meet other like-minded individuals. When you join the Iron Body Studios workout group, you'll receive monthly workout plans, instructional videos, direct contact with the Iron Body team, and personalized workout reminders. Click here to join the Iron Body Studios workout group!
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#TipTuesday: Greg Everett's tips for a perfect split jerk recovery!

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Whether you're an experienced weightlifter or a casual one, taking some time to review the basics is important. For example, you may have done hundreds or even thousands of jerks (a.k.a. split jerks), but for how many of those jerks have you used the correct split recovery? Knowing and maintaining good for when weightlifting can be tough, but, luckily, the world's best trainers, like Greg Everett, have your back. Watch Greg Everett's tips for proper recovery from the split portion of the jerk: Here's a recap of Greg's tips: Move your front foot first – Once you've passed the drive phase of the jerk, it's time to start the recovery. Greg advises that you move your front foot first, which you're probably a pro at by this stage of your weightlifting career. But, here's what you may have been doing wrong: Move your front foot back one-third of the way; then bring your back foot forward the rest of the way, so that your feet meet. Move your body and the bar – During this crucial recovery phase of the jerk, many lifters just move their feet, like we discussed above. However, Greg notes that you should move your body and the bar as well as your feet. Just before moving your back foot forward, push the bar up and back slightly. This move will ensure that you are standing squarely under the bar, not leaning forward, when your feet meet. Balance is key in this lift! Train with Catalyst Athletics! Now that you have a taste of what Greg Everett and the Catalyst Athletics team can do for you, it's time to train full-time with them! Besides helping you strengthen your foundation in weightlifting, the Catalyst Athletics team will help you push boundaries and accomplish things you never thought possible. Join the Catalyst Athletics Olympic Weightlifting group for just $10 per month, and you'll receive their Olympic weightlifting training programs that are designed to fit athletes of all levels. Take your weightlifting game to the champion level today! Click here to join the Catalyst Athletics: Olympic Weightlifting training group! Video credit: Catalyst Athletics
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#MotivationMonday: Finding Your "Why"

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Have you ever been fighting for something but then suddenly realize that your reason for fighting was completely wrong? Maybe that's why motivation is a struggle for you. For a high majority of today's fitness world, their motivation is fueled by cute motivational memes (think Pinterest) and the alluring promises of a 5-day shred. But those sources have one major flaw: their motivation is only temporary. That inspirational quote or false promise will only get you through your first set of squats. Once the mental and physical pain of your workout kicks in, those sources of "motivation" will quickly lose their importance. How can you get lasting motivation? Take Artemis Scantalides's advice. In a recent Instagram post, Artmeis explained her reason for training to become the fittest, strongest version of herself. After reading the emergency procedures guide on an airplane, Artemis experienced something that is extremely rare after reading those mind-numbing, yet very important, instructions — she was excited! According to the instructions, in the case of an emergency, Artemis would have to lift a 50-lb. airplane door. That 50-lbs. is the exact amount of weight that Artemis uses in her regular kettlebell training. Needless to say, Artemis was beyond prepared for an emergency! So, in the words of Artemis, "What do I train for? LIFE. THIS is why we lift." Check out Artemis's 22 kg. (50 lb.) kettlebell presses in the video below: Next time that you're feeling unmotivated, don't turn to temporary motivation. Instead, try re-evaluating your personal reasons for training. We're confident that re-evaluation will keep your motivation healthy and constantly flowing! Train with Iron Body Studios! Here's another thing that helps with motivation: a great trainer! We know that a great trainer can be hard to find, so that's why our team at Exercise.com is committed to helping you find the trainer that's right for you.  If you train for life like Artemis, start training with her at the Iron Body Studios premium workout group for just $24.99 per month! Since she shares the same source of motivation as you, Artemis and the Iron Body team know exactly how to help you train for whatever life throws at you. Click here to join the Iron Body Studios premium workout group! Video credit: ironbodybyartemis  
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#TipTuesday: Artemis Scantalides teaches you how to defeat a T-rex!

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Today's #TipTuesday is all about defeating those pesky T-rexes. Some of us may know what T-rex we're referring to, but the rest of us may be wondering, "What's a T-rex and why aren't we more terrified?" In case you were one of those people, the kind of T-rex we're talking about shows up in the two-handed kettlebell swing, not Jurassic Park. According to Artemis Scantalides of Iron Body Studios, many people use improper form due to laziness (That's right, we admitted it.) when doing the two-handed kettlebell swing, which makes the people look like a T-rex — big and strong with stubby arms. So, how can you avoid looking like a T-rex? Check out the video below for Artemis's tips: Now that you've seen Artemis's wisdom in action, here's a recap: Sit back deeply on your hips – Sitting back deeply on your hips ensures that you can get full extension in your swing. Keep in mind that the goal is to see the whole kettlebell, not half of it, behind your legs as you swing back. Carry the full extension in your arms – Sitting back deeply ensures that you can get full extension, but no the trick is carrying that full extension through. Keep your arms extended all the way as you swing back behind your legs and then as you pull the swing back upwards. Don't get lazy – The most important factor in this exercise is perseverance. If you get lazy, you won't follow your swing through properly, which, of course, leads to poor results. So keep reminding yourself to push through, and you'll save yourself from looking like a T-rex. Want Artemis Scantalides to be your trainer? If you want more of Artemis's helpful tips, start training with her today! To train with Artemis and the Iron Body Studios team, simply join the Iron Body Studios premium workout group for $24.99 per month. In this group, Iron Body Studio promises to emphasize the personal in personal training and focus on each client's specialized training needs. In addition, you'll receive access to monthly workout plans, exercise video demonstrations, discussion boards with the trainers at Iron Body Studios, and daily workout reminders. Click here to join the Iron Body Studios premium workout group! Video credit: Iron Body by Artemis
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#MotivationMonday: This dancing weightlifter is sure to put some pep in your step!

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During the two weeks of Olympic frenzy, you may have heard some news about a dancing weightlifter. Sound familiar? We don't know when, where, or how you heard about the dancing weightlifter, or even if you heard of him at all, but one thing we know for sure: Once you've seen his moves, you won't forget him. Check out the coverage of David Katoatau's Olympic performance in the video below (Click the image to watch on YouTube, since NBC Sports has requested that this video not be embedded on other web sites): Not only is he an Olympic weightlifter, he's also got some killer dance moves! Not easy to forget, right? That's exactly why Katoatau danced after each lift — he wanted the world to remember him. And that goal is much deeper than vanity. In fact, he did those memorable dance moves to raise awarness for his country Kiribati, which is suffering from rising sea levels.  Do you have a habit or ritual that keeps you happy and motivated when working out? Share them in the comments below! Train with Catalyst Athletics! Okay, so you have your dancing moves down, but how about your weightlifting skills? Are they Olympic ready? If you're ready to step up your weightlifting game, start training with Greg Everett of Catalyst Athletics! Everett is the owner and head coach of Catalyst Athletics, which is a medal-winning USA National Weightlifting team and the leading source of educational material on Olympic weightlifting. To train with Everett and the Catalyst Athletics team, join their premium Olympic weightlifting group for just $10 per month. When you join the Catalyst Athletics Olympic weightlifting group, you'll be joining the 10,000+ worldwide athletes that rely on Catalyst Athletics to take their training to the next level. Plus, you'll receive monthly workout plans that fit your athletic level, abilities, and needs, as well as demonstration videos, discussion boards with the Catalyst Athletics team, and workout reminders. Click here to join the Catalyst Athletics: Olympic Weightlifting Group on Exercise.com!  Video credit: NBC Sports
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This 325 pound weighted chin-up will motivate you to become a record-setter!

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Although we may refuse to admit it, we've all had at least one moment in our lives when we wanted to be a trendsetter. Some of us were lucky enough to be one of the cool kids, but for many of us, junior high, high school, and maybe college were dark days for our coolness levels. Recently at Exercise.com, we started thinking about the appeal of trendsetters. Here's what we concluded: It's better to be a record setter, even if that record is a personal one. Don't get us wrong, trendsetters can set some positive trends, but when you're a record-breaker, you break records AND inspire others to break records of their own. That's pretty powerful! So, since motivating others to become the healthiest, strongest versions of themselves is one of the main goals of the fitness world, we should aim to be record-setters, not trendsetters. If you're looking for a little of that record-setting motivation, check out the video below: In case you didn't catch the full awesomeness of the video above, the guy, who happens to be Rog Law of Rog Law Fitness, killed three reps of a 325-lb. weighted chin-up and broke the record for weighted chin-ups at Cressey Sports Performance (CSP), one of ouur favorite gyms. Not only did Rog Law set a record while making 325-lb. chin ups look effortless, but he inspired the CSP team, their clients, our team at Exercise.com, and thousands of Instagram users to start breaking records of their own. The number of people that you can influence is pretty incredible! And, let's be honest, who doesn't want to be the guy who can turn down his awed on-lookers' cries for a bonus rep because, well, there's "no need for that" (the true words of a record-setter). Ready to break your PR in body strength? If you're ready to become the strongest version of yourself and a record-setter, start training with Tony Gentilcore today! In his Strength Block – Phase 1 workout plan, Tony will help you become stronger, leaner, and healthier, and we can guarantee that you'll have fun in the process. More importantly, Tony is all about getting you out of your comfort zone because getting uncomfortable is exactly what record setting is all about. Purchase Tony's Strength Block – Phase 1 workout plan for $59.99 and get ready to bring out your inner beast! Click here to purchase Tony Gentilcore's Strength Block – Phase 1 workout plan! Video credit: Cresseysportsperformance