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The Bro Sesh – Episode 202


What’s the best way to train for strength?

How should you prioritize your training to squat, pull and press more weight? And more importantly, are there any methods you can avoid or skip altogether to save time and effort?

The truth might surprise you, especially early on in your fitness journey.

Every lifter must spend countless hours stacking reps with heavy barbells. There’s just no other way to build strength skill. But paradoxically, that’s also the all-too common trap for new athletes.

There is a lure to skip the small, isolating, “body-building” style movements that just don’t seem functional. This is a mistake you cannot afford to make.

This week on Barbell Shrugged we talk about the art of the pump, and why making room for more curls, extensions and raises might be just what you need to both boost your performance and longevity in strength training.

Enjoy the show, and get ready to feel the burn.



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Chris Moore is a writer, recovering meathead, fledgling raconteur and rabid imbiber. He's also cohost and resident potty mouth on Barbell Shrugged, a weekly podcast devoted to Crossfit, strength, fitness and all things brash. His experience is drawn from over twenty-years spent training for and competing in American Football, Powerlifting, a bit of strongman and a dash of mixed martial arts. Also, it's possible that he's had one too many cups of coffee. A caffeine fever is a hell of a thing, you know?


  • YES!!! Finally! I have been looking for a body building type program to add onto my normal crossfit sessions and I’m glad you guys hit on the benefits of isolated movements! If you know where I could find some more info on lifts & rep schemes/bodybuilding programs etc. for girls/fat-loss that would be awesome.

    Thank for the great podcast!

  • Great episode guys!!! I’ve always done “bodybuilding” style workouts, and have recently decided to take more of a powerlifting approach, and just try to get as strong as possible. Thank you for letting me know that the occasional bro sesh is totally acceptable!

    Also, “peeing with a boner” is probably the best coaching cue of all time! LOL!

  • Pumping Iron is a classic, couldn’t agree more. Love how you guys are standing around and not sitting like the typical podcast. To many bro’s in the gym need to watch this before they hurt themselves with the ridiculous weight they can’t do. Looking forward to future videos!

  • You asked what girls call a “bro sesh” and where I train in Ozark, MO we call that “globo” in reference to the shit people people do at a globo gym. So you ask your girls if they wanna do some globo after the metcon. Or the ever popular “clam bake”.

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