Continuing the series that, at this rate, is set to finish up in about 15 years, here is the third installment, and currently the first of three installments about the bench press. Just to recap what this whole thing is about – since a lot of you weren’t following my blog the last time I […]
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Let me begin by saying I think the belt vs. no belt debate is one of the silliest debates in powerlifting. However, I do think I’ve made a mistake by neglecting beltless training. Now, if some of you remember, I’ve always been very much pro-belt. It’s not that I think it’s wrong to ever train […]
My friend Charlie is a masochist in the gym. I don’t think he would mind me saying that. We met when we were both training in a little hole-in-the-wall gym in the town where we both went to college. He was on Martin Berkhan’s reverse pyramid training program at the time, the main tenant of […]
How many times have you heard someone say something like: “Well, I squatted 500 in the gym a few weeks ago, but 450 felt heavy at the meet, and I missed 475.” That’s because they peaked wrong. I’m even convinced that if you ONLY hit your gym PRs in meets, you peaked poorly. If you’re […]
For those of you why don’t know, there’s an absurd amount of misinformation in the fitness industry. In few niches is that more true that training for women. I want to throw my opinion in the ring in the hopes that you, my concerned readers, will share it around and a few women will read […]
The training cycle: After my meet last August, I took training fairly easy for about 4 months. After a summer of daily maxing, I was ready for a little time off. I still hit the gym regularly, but I messed around a lot, stayed well within my comfort zone, and took some time to mentally […]
This is installment 2 in a (currently) 8-part series. The first was “What I learned to squat 500 pounds.” I’m planning on doing one installment for each 100-pound increment for squat and deadlift starting at 500, and each 50-pound increment on bench starting at 350. Just as a refresher from the first installment: “There are […]
Before we get into this post, I want to let you know about our giant How to Squat guide. It covers everything you need to know about every aspect of the squat – from biomechanics to correcting weaknesses to technique. Click here to open it in a new tab so you can check it out after you’ve finished reading […]
What’s the difference between a beginning or intermediate lifter, and a more advanced lifter? This seems to be a question on the minds of most people who’ve put in a little time under the bar. They feel themselves straining with a 3-4 plate squat or a 4-5 plate deadlift, but then watch someone the same […]
I’ve gotten several questions about the overhead press since posting my video about my favorite accessory lifts. As a recap, I basically said I rarely do overhead work. This has some people up in arms because in the past 3-4 years the importance of the press has been preached from a variety of sources, effectively […]