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April 30, 2018

Post Meet Training | Bryan Dermody

How to adjust training and max percentages coming off of a meet If you set personal records, set your training maxes to whatever those numbers are. Your training percentages coming off of a meet should be low enough starting a new training cycle that you will be able to handle...

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March 26, 2018

Explosive Movements | Bryan Dermody

Should powerlifters include explosive movements in their training? I have gone back and forth on this question for years. At times I have had Olympic lifts, jumps, and dynamic effort squats, bench presses and deadlifts in my training program and at other times I have not. After much thought, study...

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March 21, 2018

Arnold Pro Deadlift Recap with Bryan Dermody

Thanks Bryan for taking the time to answer a few questions today. First off, we know that your training leading up to the Arnold was derailed by Influenza B, but can you give us a recap on your performance and how you feel it went considering the circumstances? BD: I...

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January 8, 2018

Maximize Strength | Bryan Dermody

"How can I train to maximize strength without gaining size?" The answer to this question is actually pretty simple. It has been generally accepted for a long time that training in the repetition range of 1-4 will increase muscular strength with a minimal increase in muscular size. It is also...

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December 4, 2017

How to Adjust Training when Sick | Bryan Dermody

"How should I adjust my training during a peak if I get sick?" A: I am going to assume two things in answering this question: That the athlete in question is peaking for a contest and not simply peaking performance for testing purposes. That the athlete in question is competing...

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November 6, 2017

Preventing Injuries | Bryan Dermody

"What would you say is key to your training to help prevent injuries?" I would consider the following points in addressing this question: A. Proper mobility and stability in the body: The needs of each joint of the body follow an alternation sequence as follows Neck: mobility Shoulder (glenohumeral joint):...

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September 18, 2017

Squat Training Programs | Bryan Dermody

"Any recommendations for training programs to increase my squat strength?" This is obviously a pretty wide open question with a lot of potential answers. I will recommend a very basic program, but that requires a lot of hard work and will produce very good results. It is the 5x5 squat...

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August 15, 2017

The Year of Momentum | Bryan Dermody

On July 8th, I competed in the USAPL Iowa State Powerlifting Championships. This was my first contest since the Arnold Sports Festival back in March. This most recent contest was a full powerlifting meet, and I competed raw in the open division 120 kg-weight class. Since the beginning of this...

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July 24, 2017

The Keys to Recovery | Bryan Dermody

"I’m struggling to recover from my training. Do you have any advice?" There are really 4 areas to consider when answering this question: Training variables: The volume and intensity of training dictate the body’s ability to recover from the given training workload. Thus, if an athlete is not recovering from...

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July 15, 2017

Team HMB athletes competes at the USA Powerlifting Iowa State Championships

Last weekend 22nd Barbell Street hosted the 2017 USA Powerlifting Iowa State Championship in Des Moines, Iowa. More than 60 elite lifters took the platform, including our athletes Bryan Dermody and Nick Weite. Bryan Dermody competed in the 120 kg men’s open raw division. In the end Bryan hit a...

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