Weekly Review: Best Song to Get Pumped Up Before a Workout, Sumo or Conventional Deadlifts, Warm Up for Weightlifting & Ring Chin Ups

October 1, 2011 — Leave a comment

I haven't watched the 2011 version of Conan the Vegetarian Barbarian yet (and not sure if I ever will), but the original Conan starring Arnold Schwarzenegger was simply awesome.

The theme song "Anvil of Crom" from Conan the Barbarian (1982) gets me real pumped up before training and makes me want to unleash some ruthless aggression on the barbell. Listen to it below:

Here's another one from Conan the Destroyer:


Anyways, here are some good reads this past week.

Stuff You Should Read

  1. John Alvino has the answers the question "What's better: Sumo or Conventional deadlifts?"
  2. Charles Poliquin explains the best way to warm up for strength training (I have to try out using a higher weight than my work set...makes perfect sense!)
  3. Chinups/Pullups are a staple upper body exercise, however not everyone can do them on a straight bar without experience pain in the wrists, elbows or shoulders. Jason Ferruggia shows you a better way to do chinups


John Phung

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Ever since I started taking strength training seriously, I was bitten by the Iron Bug. Then it burrowed under my skin and laid eggs in my heart. Now those eggs are hatching and I... the feeling is indescribable.

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