C.J. Murphy

https:tpsmethod.com

Murph is the owner of Total Performance Sports and the creator of the Total Performance Method and the Total Performance Method for Powerlifting (tpsmethod.com). His gym was featured as one of America’s 20 Best Gyms – twice. Murph is on the Advisory Board for Men’s Fitness magazine and Muscle and Fitness magazine. He has almost 30 years’ experience as a coach, athlete, and certified nutritionist. Murph is a retired Strongman competitor and former National Powerlifting Champion.

 
5 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Program-Video Log
5 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Program-Video Log
Here’s a few things to stew over.
Disc Injury? It's Not the End! Part 4 + FREE TRAINING BLOCK
Disc Injury? It's Not the End! Part 4 + FREE TRAINING BLOCK
I take requests…. Oh, and VOTE FOR TPS PLEASE!
Interview with Zach Diconstanzo
Interview with Zach Diconstanzo
He's compact, not small.
The Nutrition Dartboard
The Nutrition Dartboard
Hit the bullseye.
Three Specialty Bars You Need and Why
Three Specialty Bars You Need and Why
There are tons of specialty bars on the market and they all have some value in your training. I feel that these are the three best.
Embrace the Culture
Embrace the Culture
Don’t piss all over it. OR: Put Your Effing Phone Away
Is Your Training Stuck in a Rut?
Is Your Training Stuck in a Rut?
It might not be your program.
Top 10 Pieces of EliteFTS Strength Equipment
Top 10 Pieces of EliteFTS Strength Equipment
We get asked a lot. Here’s a handy guide.
Hold It Right There
Hold It Right There
Get strong(er) and never miss a lift with this simple tip.
Reverse Band Bench Rows: WITH VIDEO
Reverse Band Bench Rows: WITH VIDEO
I told you I'd get a video on this a few weeks ago. Build a bigger bench with this accessory lift.
60 Second Fix: Overhead Press and Clean with Video
60 Second Fix: Overhead Press and Clean with Video
Everyone has 60 seconds to get better right?
What’s that Specialty Bar for?
What’s that Specialty Bar for?
A quick guide to the three most popular specialty bars.
The Agility Ladder — Useful Tool or Waste of Time?
The Agility Ladder — Useful Tool or Waste of Time?
I’ve heard more times than I can count that agility ladders are not all they are cracked up to be, that they don’t fit into an elite athlete's program, that they don’t develop speed, and that they don’t develop change of direction skills.
Specialty Exercises to Build the Deadlift-WITH VIDEO
Specialty Exercises to Build the Deadlift-WITH VIDEO
You probably haven’t seen this one before. Or thought of it like this before.
The State of the Industry Address Part 2
The State of the Industry Address Part 2
See the good in the industry this week.
The State of the Industry Address Part 1
The State of the Industry Address Part 1
A lot of things have changed since I got into this field. Some not so good. Some good. Some very good.
Video Log: Lifter Showcase
Video Log: Lifter Showcase
Rather than bore you with words, here are two quick interviews showcasing two of my younger lifters.
Build Your Deadlift
Build Your Deadlift
Add this in and watch your pull go through the roof.
The Agility Ladder Sucks
The Agility Ladder Sucks
If you’re not using a ladder in your training, or with your clients can you think of one good reason why? Saying the you heard the Agility Ladder sucks isn’t one of them.
Sick Days and Being Stupid
Sick Days and Being Stupid
Murph is the founder and owner of Total Performance Sports. Follow his sports performance, powerlifting, and strongman ideology with quick tips, video clips, and client tutorials. This month, athlete prep is underway for the RPS Main State Push Pull Championships, RPS Winter’s Wrath, and USAPL Nationals. “The new project is one step closer to getting launched — it’s top secret.”
Quick Tips for Progress: Listen Up
Quick Tips for Progress: Listen Up
The internet is a fantastic thing and possibly the worst thing that has ever been spawned on the Earth. Before the internet people did things. Now, they watch other people do things, a lot.
You Need a Repetitive Golf Swing to be a Better Lifter
You Need a Repetitive Golf Swing to be a Better Lifter
Yeah, golf sucks I know, but read this.
How I cut my Triglycerides by over 30% in 30 days.
How I cut my Triglycerides by over 30% in 30 days.
Or, I am not taking Statins. Read this, even if you aren't old. It might help someone you know.
Video Log: A New Twist on an Old Standby: the Small Circle Fly
Video Log: A New Twist on an Old Standby: the Small Circle Fly
Try this variation to smoke your pecs and build healthier shoulders.
Quick Tip: How to Get Strong(er) in Two Seconds
Quick Tip: How to Get Strong(er) in Two Seconds
What if I told you that you can get Strong(er) in only two seconds? Would you do it?
Strongman Programming Close to a Competition: Trust the Taper
Strongman Programming Close to a Competition: Trust the Taper
Murph is the founder and owner of Total Performance Sports. In grumpy fashion, follow his sports performance, powerlifting, and strongman ideology with quick tips, video clips, and client tutorials. This month, athlete prep is underway for APF Nationals, the RPS Maine Push-pull Championships, and the RPS Winter’s Wrath.
THE Guide to Handling Lifters at the Meet
THE Guide to Handling Lifters at the Meet
I’d rather have the lifter go 9 for 9 and have a great meet hitting PR’S, but be mad at me than have them bomb because I didn’t have the balls to tell them they were idiots for opening at 99.5% of a questionable gym lift.
The Science Behind the Bench Press
The Science Behind the Bench Press
Learn the science behind the bench press. Get wicked smart wicked fast.
How to Use Lifting Straps: A Simple Tutorial
How to Use Lifting Straps: A Simple Tutorial
This method is fast, simple, and won't let the bar ever slip from your hands.
TPS Don’t Chase the Brace Part 2-Deadlift, Bench Press, Overhead Press
TPS Don’t Chase the Brace Part 2-Deadlift, Bench Press, Overhead Press
If you try and brace your body after you un-rack the weight, you’ll never be able to get as tight as possible. You will be chasing tension. Don’t chase it, create it.
How do I warm up? Get it right and SFW!
How do I warm up? Get it right and SFW!
One of the most frequent questions I get is possibly the most misunderstood aspect of training: How do I warm up? I'm gonna make this simple.
She benches more than you do
She benches more than you do
She is like an ant. She can lift 6000 times her bodyweight. And all she does is eat donuts.
Quick Fix-How to Use Lifting Straps
Quick Fix-How to Use Lifting Straps
Put your strap on fast.........
Don’t Chase the Brace Part 1-The Squat
Don’t Chase the Brace Part 1-The Squat
Ok, so it seems like bracing is being kicked to death all over the internet. If you pay attention to: Instagram Facebook Guru Sites (not this one) You’ll leave thinking that you need to brace your midsection when you: Lift weights Pick up your kids
Top 5 Exercise for Your Girder
Top 5 Exercise for Your Girder
I could have gotten more hits if I named this something like Build A Bullet Proof Core, but I fu**ing hate “core”.
The Worst Exercise Ever
The Worst Exercise Ever
Bet that caught your attention.
I’m about to blow stuff up!
I’m about to blow stuff up!
As I sat down to write my Coaching Log just now, I saw this question on the Q&A and thought it needed to be an article, not just a Q&A answer
The 80/20 Rule for the Holiday Season
The 80/20 Rule for the Holiday Season
The picture has nothing to do with the 80/20 rule, I just didn’t have any cool pictures for this article and since I just bought this sweet '68 Caddy, I figured I’d throw it in.
What’s the Magic Bullet
What’s the Magic Bullet
No, not that magic bullet. Get yer mind outta the gutter.
10 Best Christmas Gifts for the Old Guy Who Still Wants to Lift and Get Strong(er)
10 Best Christmas Gifts for the Old Guy Who Still Wants to Lift and Get ...
I know a lot of EliteFTS.com readers fall into this category and being one myself I have some insight into this category.
Become More Awesome in 4 Weeks
Become More Awesome in 4 Weeks
The hat increased my awesomeness by 30%. This article will increase yours by at least that.
5 Things to Do on a Glute Ham Raise Bench Besides GHR’s
5 Things to Do on a Glute Ham Raise Bench Besides GHR’s
If you are only using the bench for GHR’s, you are missing out on a lot of progress. Here are 5 killer accessory exercises to get you strong(er) and jacked(er).
Be Tactical-What to Do at a Meet
Be Tactical-What to Do at a Meet
As a Powerlifting coach you need to manage your lifters and do the thinking for them. All they should need to do the day of the meet is lift.
Come Hang Out With Me
Come Hang Out With Me
The TPS/RPS Power Challenge is tomorrow.
What Do Hockey Goalies and Lifters Have in Common?
What Do Hockey Goalies and Lifters Have in Common?
Murph is the founder and owner of Total Performance Sports. Follow as he preps his athletes for the Women’s Open Pro Am, the RPS New Hampshire & Vermont State Championships, the APF Nationals, and more!
How to Run a Great Strongman Contest: The Final Days Before Competition
How to Run a Great Strongman Contest: The Final Days Before Competition
If you followed my advice from the first article and prepared for the events, there are just a few more things you need to do before kicking off the competition.

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