Gym Maintenance & Weightlifting Tips

EP.133 | Hand, Wrist & Forearm Health

EP.133 | Hand, Wrist & Forearm Health
Forearms brutally stiff?  Have elbow pain?   When's the last time you gave some love to your forearms/hands/wrists? Over time, the forearms, hand...

EP.132 | Empty Bar Warmups: The Snatch

EP.132 | Empty Bar Warmups: The Snatch
The first, of a 3-Part Empty Bar Warmup Series. If you've followed the Shield for some time, you would pick up on our love for Olympic Weightlifti...

EP.131 | The Difference: Bare, Oxide & Zinc Bar Finishes

EP.131 | The Difference: Bare, Oxide & Zinc Bar Finishes
What do you know about Bar Finishes? Each finish has their goods and bads.  Bare steel, black oxide, chrome, zinc, cerakote, stainless steel, etc. ...

EP.129 | 3 Must-Do's for Jerk Blocks!

EP.129 | 3 Must-Do's for Jerk Blocks!
Are Jerk Blocks included in your training program?   Jerk Blocks can be a fantastic piece of equipment to have in your arsenal at your local gym or...

EP.128 | 3 Ways to Increase the Life of Your Bars!

EP.128 | 3 Ways to Increase the Life of Your Bars!
Get the most out of your equipment!   Barbells can last a long time.  A very, very long time.  With proper care, maintenance and good old-fashione...

EP.127 | Archer Stretch = Better Positioning = BIGGER CLEANS

EP.127 | Archer Stretch = Better Positioning = BIGGER CLEANS
Front-rack positioning limiting your Clean? Heard of ROMWOD?  What about Archer Pose?   If you can't touch your hands together in this pose, chanc...

EP.126 | Unload Your Bar the RIGHT Way!

EP.126 | Unload Your Bar the RIGHT Way!
Increase the Awareness! Far too many bar sleeves have fallen victim over the years... Have you been guilty or witnessed a fellow workout buddy in...

EP.125 | 3 Set-ups to Restore Bar Spin!

EP.125 | 3 Set-ups to Restore Bar Spin!
Now that we've covered 3 Set-ups for Cleaning the Exterior of your Barbell, now it's time for the barbell spin. We're going to cover three set-ups...

EP.124 | Bar Cleaning: 3 Easy Set-ups

EP.124 | Bar Cleaning: 3 Easy Set-ups
On this week's episode of #BarTipTuesday... We're going to give you three easy set-ups to utilize when cleaning your barbells.  Simple set-ups but ...

EP.123 | Pull-up Bar Surface Rust

EP.123 | Pull-up Bar Surface Rust
How are the pull-up bars holding up?Do you have powder-coated or bare steel?Do you do anything to maintain your bars? Some love a pull-up bar free...

EP.122 | NO Olympic Bars in the Rack!

EP.122 | NO Olympic Bars in the Rack!
DON'T. DO. IT. If at all possible, avoid using your Olympic bars in the rack!  Use an all-purpose bar (i.e. Rogue Ohio Bar) to squat, press, etc. w...

EP.121 | The Next Thing in Hook Grip Tape

EP.121 | The Next Thing in Hook Grip Tape
How many different types of hook grip tape have you tried?  If you fall into the seasoned weightlifter category, chances are that you've gone throu...