It’s time for another weekly installment of The Weekly Roundup: The Things That Didn’t Suck.  Each week I’ll feature 3 awesome articles that I read during the week that I feel everyone can benefit from, then some random highlights and lowlights from the week for some extra news. Each week you can expect to get quick access to impactful info and learn something new. A lot of stuff on the web just sucks – but not this stuff! Want on the list? Submit your best stuff to!

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Strength & Size with Hanging Band Trap Bar Exercises

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Written By: Joel Seedman

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10 Reasons Why You Aren’t Excelling at Pull-Ups

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The pull-up is one of the most beneficial, empowering, and badass exercises you can do. This versatile exercise can be performed anywhere, anytime. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the population cannot perform even a single pull-up. I don’t hesitate to say that in most instances, your inability to master the pull-up is not because you are physically incapable, but your lack of success is because you are not training for the exercise (or are being coached) the right way. I am here to help.

​Here are 10 reasons why you might be struggling to perform pull-ups:

Reason #1 – You Are Treating The Pull-Up Purely As An Upper Body Movement

When many people set the awesome goal of being able to do one pull-up, or many, they make the mistake of just training their upper body. Let me be clear, when the pull-up is being executed to perfection, it is actually a full body exercise, and your entire body must be strong, stable, and working as a synchronized unit. While it goes without saying that you must perform upper body ”pulling” exercises, if you are serious about being able to perform pull-ups, you must also include exercises that address scapular and shoulder stability (I like to use the term controlled mobility), lumbo-pelvic stability, and even exercises that strengthen your lower body.

Written By: Meghan Callaway

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Exercises You Should Be Doing: Serratus Punch

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Written by: Tony Gentilcore

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In Case You Missed It:

Saved By The Barbell Podcast… We’re LIVE!

BOOM! I am very excited to launch my latest collaborative project, The Saved By The Barbell Podcast, hosted by myself and Kevin Warren! This is a show all about living a healthier, happier lifestyle hosted by two young dads who love to lift and hear ourselves talk 😉

But seriously, give episode 1 a listen here! We’re now streaming on iTunes and SoundCloud. Make sure to leave a review, all feedback is sincerely appreciated!

LeBron James: The Freshly Bald Functional Training Basketball GOAT

Guys… don’t do this. Let LeBron do it. Let it slide. Pretend we didn’t see it. Just don’t actually DO this…

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