Dave Kirschen

Dave Kirschen began powerlifting competitively in 1998, and has since reached pro totals of 1901 in the 181-pound class, and 2075 in the 198-pound class. He has also bench pressed over triple bodyweight in three weight classes at full meets. He trains at Apollon Gym in Edison, New Jersey, and coaches a powerlifting team out of EVF Performance in New York City. A 20 year veteran of the fitness industry, Dave holds a degree in Physical Education from SUNY Cortland. Kirschen lives in New Jersey with his wife Liz and son James.

 
Why I’ll Miss Multi-Ply Powerlifting
Why I’ll Miss Multi-Ply Powerlifting
I'm not gonna subject you to a bunch of "back in my day" bull crap. Assuming you're at least somewhat interested in gear, and instead of playing the middle as I've always done, I'm gonna give you the truth.
Dave Kirschen's Daddy Hacks
Dave Kirschen's Daddy Hacks
If you remember only one thing, let it be this: protect the testicles.
Choking on My Face — The Final Installment
Choking on My Face — The Final Installment
After being officially diagnosed with sleep apnea, it was time for the CPAP machine to arrive. Let's just say I felt like a cross between a giddy kid on Christmas Eve and as reluctant as Darth Vader probably would've been in the bedroom. Little by little, I'm feeling better, thanks to the supportive gear for my lungs.
Where I’ve Been, Future Plans, and Why You Won’t Hear it From Me
Where I’ve Been, Future Plans, and Why You Won’t Hear it From Me
I bet you thought you'd seen the last of me and my logs. And... in a way, you might have. But at the very least, I wanted to update all of my readers and followers here on my life before I start a social media blackout so I can get back into training.
Choking on My Own Face — The Diagnosis
Choking on My Own Face — The Diagnosis
Because it’s a sleep study, and not, say a cat scan, I didn’t expect my doctor to get all solemn, take a deep breath, and ask me to “sit down” before delivering the news.
Choking on My Own Face
Choking on My Own Face
In recent months, my fiancée noticed long pauses between breaths while I’m asleep, followed by gasping for air. Not good. If it’s like everything else in my life, this major CPAP milestone should make for a good story. Plus, my readers really seem to enjoy it when I suffer.
How to Master The Art of Thanksgiving Eating
How to Master The Art of Thanksgiving Eating
That beloved turkey at the center of your table? It is your bloat's biggest enemy. Stay away.
16-Week Conjugate Periodization Program For Novice Powerlifters
16-Week Conjugate Periodization Program For Novice Powerlifters
The following is a variation that I’ve used successfully for some of my clients that limits some of the variables that can derail inexperienced lifters.
Life, Death, and the Clarity of Obsession
Life, Death, and the Clarity of Obsession
Sometimes rather than serving as an escape from real life, our obsessions can become a source of something that everyday life cannot always provide. Here’s how it’s worked for me.
Keeping My Promise
Keeping My Promise
Like most powerlifters, I’ve always bought into the old adage “weight moves weight”, and as my numbers grew, so did my ass. No matter how fat or out of shape I got, 40 was gonna be the turning point.
What I Learned from Arnold Schwarzenegger
What I Learned from Arnold Schwarzenegger
Do this every chance you get and see where it gets you in life.
2017 XPC Finals — I’m Not Retired Yet, Motherf*ckers
2017 XPC Finals — I’m Not Retired Yet, Motherf*ckers
If I had a lot riding on this lift before, everything was riding on it now. Making it would be the highlight of my powerlifting career. Missing it would probably be the beginning of the end.
Why Fitness Articles Suck — Confessions of a Content Mill Author
Why Fitness Articles Suck — Confessions of a Content Mill Author
If you’ve been in the fitness industry for a couple of decades like I have, you may be wondering what the hell happened. Fitness articles weren’t this bad when we were starting out, were they?
Kirschen WPC Worlds Recap
Kirschen WPC Worlds Recap
I had ONE job...and I blew it.
Kirschen Triumphant at XPC Finals
Kirschen Triumphant at XPC Finals
In powerlifting, a perfect storm of prep, weigh-in, refeed, and nine-for-nine execution is a rarity. David Kirschen pulled that off at the recent XPC Finals.
Powerlifting Year One: Dave vs. Crossfit
Powerlifting Year One: Dave vs. Crossfit
He may have had his ass handed to him by Fran, but that Kirschen can fill out a sports bra.
Are You a Program Hopper?
Are You a Program Hopper?
She only gave the program SIX MONTHS before scrapping it.
Benefits and Proper Use of Weightlifting Belts
Benefits and Proper Use of Weightlifting Belts
If you wear your belt while doing curls, make sure that you’re wearing color coordinated fingerless gloves
Don't Think You Have What it Takes
Don't Think You Have What it Takes
Sometimes the honest truth can be brutal.
Bench (Press) Tech(nique)
Bench (Press) Tech(nique)
Kirschen knows a thing or two about the bench.
Pimpin' with Kirschen
Pimpin' with Kirschen
Steve Colescott, Senior Content Director of elitefts™, was able to snag an exclusive interview with the one and only Dave Kirschen. Watch out for his swag.
Powerlifting 101: Why You Need to Compete…Now
Powerlifting 101: Why You Need to Compete…Now
By far, the most important reason to compete is because it’s a blast.
Jack Shirt Break-in and First Impressions
Jack Shirt Break-in and First Impressions
I knew from past reviews that the arms were tighter on the Jack than on the Ace, although the sizes should be close.
Is ART Necessary?
Is ART Necessary?
The b*tch of it was that I wasn’t doing anything hard when I got hurt.
Kirschen's Powerlifting 101: What’s Up With The Chains?
Kirschen's Powerlifting 101: What’s Up With The Chains?
If you’re familiar at all with the sport of powerlifting, the idea of using chains as a training tool is probably nothing new.
The Greatest Program in the World
The Greatest Program in the World
Choosing the “right” program can be an intimidating decision. The truth is, this might not be as critical a decision as you think.
Set Up to Squat Huge
Set Up to Squat Huge
The solution may be as simple as lowering the rack a notch, pulling your elbows down or taking a better breath.
Shirt Training...Rough Start but a Strong(ish) Finish
Shirt Training...Rough Start but a Strong(ish) Finish
This was only my second time in this shirt and I was already trying to touch. Had I just worked down from high to low boards, I would have saved time and energy.
Kirschen's Bench Plan for the Powerstation Pro/Am
Kirschen's Bench Plan for the Powerstation Pro/Am
This will be my first time using this program, you can follow along and see how it works in my training log.
The Eastside Squat Cycle
The Eastside Squat Cycle
Following the dynamic day, we will work up to a max using the same accommodating resistance as the previous week.

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