Sam Reiss

Writer at GQ, birder and collector of Italian structuralist furniture
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Olympics weightlifting: 2021 calendar, controversy, stream, and everything to know
Sam Reiss
The Tokyo Games may be the Olympics’ last waltz with the barbell. Here’s how to watch it.
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Which shoes are best for lifting weights? Why this gear matters more than you think
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Lifters wear different kinds of shoes, and the debate over which is best can get pretty fractious. Why do shoes matter — or do they? And which ones to pick?
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How sore is too sore? What every weight lifter needs to know
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While soreness can be brutal, it’s not exactly pain.
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Why are weightlifters so short? The height-lifting connection, explained
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Is it better for weightlifters to be tall or short? The answer is more complicated than you think.
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Why butts are the "Trojan horse" way to get healthy
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Don't underestimate the butt.
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Best bodyweight exercises: What to do when you want to skip weights
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These no (or very minimal) equipment workouts can still get you strong.
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Should you exercise your feet? What weight lifters need to know
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A foot can’t grow like a bicep, but it can become stronger.
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Need to take a weight lifting break? Use these 'eccentric' exercises instead
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All exercises contain three phases of movements.
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Can you lift weights too much? How to get stronger, sustainably
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In a technical sense, it’s impossible to lift too much. But over time it’s unavoidable.
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Weightlifting: 6 strategies to conqueror back pain
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Why back pain relief involves more than your spine.
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Can athletes weight lift too much? Tom Brady’s workouts trigger a debate
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Most in the NFL workout with serious weight — except the league's most famous player.
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How to keep weight lifting, even when life gets in the way
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You can create a workout plan compatible with your schedule.
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Weightlifting: How to move past challenges and become stronger
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Knowing even if you're an intermediate weight lifter is half the challenge.
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Intermediate weight lifting: What to do when you outgrow beginner exercises
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Progress becomes more complicated when you're no longer a beginner — but the next stage is more fun.
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Weight lifting for beginners: What program to choose and what to expect
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The choice is easy and there’s no downside.
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Deload weeks: Why rest can be as important as exercise
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Rest doesn't need to be a dirty word.
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Powerlifting gear: Why what you need depends on what you're looking for
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Gear can be endless.
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Can you build muscle on a vegan diet? Why vegan powerlifters still get strong
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A meat and potatoes discipline can survive without the meat.
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What new weightlifters need to know about strength training programs
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With much of training built on improving and peaking, some lifters can get left out in the cold.
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Why the best Thanksgiving diet includes giving yourself a break
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Holiday eating doesn't have to be a source of anxiety.