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A lot of trainees I talk to want to be stronger and look stronger—in that order. They don’t want to look like some over inflated balloon ready to either pop or float away. They’re after the look of power—a look that visually demands respect, not ridicule.

A few years ago, I’d hear the physique of powerlifting champion Roger Estep or Olympic lifting superstar David Rigert cited as the ideal of this look. More recently, people point to my good friend and teaching colleague Dmitry Klokov. These physiques feature lots of muscle, but useful muscle.

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It’s a look you can’t fake, earned through heavy weights and a dedication to the fundamentals of power and strength. You can earn your version of the look, but you’ll have to do it the right way.

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