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The controversial role of the lifting belt

Introduction * this paper was published in 2008 as part of the APT lifting series. It is available at other sites and now it is available here as well; the pdf version may be downloaded here   Lifters have rituals, or at least most do. And one high point in lifters’ rituals is equipment. Apart […]

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Strength and Martial Arts: intertwined histories

Today I taught a class at Tracer, a Parkour facility owned by my friend Jean. I talked about the intertwined histories of the strength and martial arts – also known, today, as strength sports and combat sports. The whole argument is simple but provocative. Both arts share a common origin: endemic war. The first manifestations

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