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.130 | Another Use for the Reverse Hyper

EP.130 | Another Use for the Reverse Hyper
Love what the Reverse Hyper does for your back, glutes and hammies? One of the best aspects of the Reverse Hyper is its ability to decompress the s...

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.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.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...

EP.120 | How to Properly Maintain a Barbell: Interior

EP.120 | How to Properly Maintain a Barbell: Interior
Yep, we've talked about this subject ad nauseam, however it must be at the forefront of topics in the world of barbell maintenance.  Why?  Because ...

EP.119 | How to Properly Maintain a Barbell: Exterior

EP.119 | How to Properly Maintain a Barbell: Exterior
Don't know how to maintain the EXTERIOR of your barbell?  Are you the only user?What tools do you need?  What climate do you live in?  Where do y...