Overwatch features characters with body types and backgrounds that are not often seen in pop culture, let alone first person shooters. For many of us who rarely see ourselves reflected in media, this cast can seem radical and even life-changing—especially in my case. Zarya, Overwatch’s Russian strong-woman tank,…
Deuce Gruden (born Jon Gruden II) is an assistant strength and conditioning coach with his uncle Jay’s NFL team, and he’s also a tiny, powerful weightlifting genius. The 23-year-old is 5-foot-5 and he told TMZ earlier this afternoon that he can squat 622 pounds, which seems like a lot.
Steelers linebacker James Harrison loves to work out and share videos of his workouts. Sometimes he’ll boast about his feats, but other times, the clips are presented without commentary or platitudes. They reinforce a blunt fact: James Harrison can attempt this, and you (almost certainly) cannot.
You wanna see a guy who looks like Santa Claus deadlift 650 pounds while some EDM-inflected Christmas music plays in the background? Hell yeah you do!
These are not a United States of weightlifting. No woman had medaled in the event since 2000, and no male weightlifter has found the podium since 1984. So when Sarah Robles took bronze today with a combined lift of 286kg, it was a cause to celebrate.
Finnish weightlifter Milko Tokola was very excited after successfully clean-and-jerking 175 kilograms today—so excited that he passed out:
Andranik Karapetyan is the reigning European champion in 77 kilogram weightlifting, but his hopes for an Olympic medal ended when he suffered a disgusting elbow dislocation while trying to lift 195 kilograms (430 pounds).
One of the notable and mesmerizing things about competitive weightlifting (I say from a place of virtually no meaningful knowledge; but, hey) is that it features maybe the simplest form of distilled grit in the Olympics. I’m sure there is invisible strategy and skill in every attempt but, perhaps more so than most…
The 84-year-old grandmother of Thai weightlifter Sinphet Kruaithong collapsed while watching on TV as her grandson won bronze in the 56kg, and later died. Police suspect heart failure as the cause.
That’s Chinese weightlifter Long Qingquan. He is 123 pounds of muscle packed into a 5-foot-1 frame, and he won the 56 kg weightlighting gold medal this afternoon with a world record total score of 677 pounds on two lifts. Right before his record-breaking 170 kg clean and jerk, North Korean lifter Om Yun-chol broke the…
Being strong and healthy is nice and important, but the reason a lot of us exercise is to look good. These aesthetically-focused exercises won’t make you hot overnight, but in combination with a healthy diet, they’ll give you the best bang for your workout buck so you look good dressed up—or undressed.
Hafþór Björnsson, the strongman who played The Mountain on Game of Thrones, shared his daily diet as he trains for World’s Strongest Man 2016. He advises against normal humans following his regimen, and it’s obvious why when you add up the amount of food.
Most days, if I remember, I’ll have a multivitamin with my breakfast, along with two small gelcaps with 1,000 international units of vitamin D (desk monkey, you know) and a probiotic. If I forget, I’ll probably feel no better or worse by midday. If I’m getting sick, I’ll suck on a zinc lozenge and pop a couple caps of…
Here is Saquon Barkley, freshman running back at Penn State, lifting a great deal of weight like it’s no big deal:
WWE wrestler The Undertaker is 50 years old, but he can still deadlift 405 pounds.
Shota Mishvelidze is a weightlifter from Georgia whose appearance at the world championships in Houston did not end well.
Lifting weights should be simple. You go to a place with a bunch of metal and pick it up and put it down until you look like The Incredible Hulk. But weightlifting—like any other worthwhile pursuit—requires study, planning, and care to succeed at, which sucks.
Linebacker James Harrison enjoys Instagramming his workouts. Here he is lifting 135 pounds from a standing position with one hand, because he's a maniac.
Lifting weights in an American prison means joining a culture unlike any seen in a free-world gym, full of crudely welded pig iron and rust. Men forsake masturbation to improve their bench-press stats and consume cans of Jack Mack, the cheapest tinned fish in the world, along with the filthy broth it's packed in for…
In his book Kachalka: Muscle Beach, photographer Kirill Golovchenko documents a famous, open-air gym outside of Kiev. More than 200 weight lifting stations, all improvised out of of scrap metal and spare car parts, stretch out over six square miles on the island of Tuhev.