Beth Skwarecki
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Beth is Lifehacker's Senior Health Editor. She has written about health and science for over a decade, including two books: Outbreak! and Genetics 101. Her Wilks score is 302.
1/24/20
12:46 PM
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I think variety is helpful, so I don’t know about “better,” but it’s different. I find the ab wheel both harder and more interesting than a plank, and it definitely seems to work more muscles. 

1/23/20
10:33 AM
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I never felt like thumbs get in the way of dropping the bar—they’re toward the front and the bar falls to the back. Read more

1/15/20
3:09 PM
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“calories” in this sense means how much energy we get from a food, so yes, we just figured it out. Science is hard!

1/9/20
10:20 AM
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That’s cool! You do the same exercises every week? So, like, Monday’s workout is always the same thing and you just fill in the numbers? 

1/9/20
10:19 AM
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See, I’m not organized enough to sit down and put things in spreadsheets. My journal started as just scrawling things down every workout, and adding reference material and workload calculations later on as the need arose. Read more

12/17/19
11:52 AM
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It’s one of many ways to do pullups. Not my personal favorite either, but that doesn’t make it wrong or stupid.  

12/17/19
11:51 AM
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Hangs are a better way to measure progress, IMO. You’ll notice a more dramatic difference there as you get stronger. 

12/17/19
11:49 AM
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Accessory work is SO important if you want to progress on pull-ups. I love rows especially.

12/13/19
12:52 PM
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They definitely slip. I used them on a women’s olympic bar once, and the grips closed completely around it and the bar just kind of spun freely inside. Read more

12/13/19
11:55 AM
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Wrist wraps are a great addition! I have a cheap pair that works for me but I found out the hard way that only certain brands are allowed in USPA. Looks like Pioneer is one of them...hmmm.... Read more

12/12/19
4:28 PM
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Haha I have def done Steinborns and YES you need good clips. You can double them up, it helps.

12/12/19
4:28 PM
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I like that tip! Elbows up, all the time. Helps to keep your torso vertical, too, which is a big part of a successful front squat.