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The Best of 2020
The Best of 2020
The best-of-the-best content from 2020 all in one spot. Read our top articles, programs, and coaching logs! Watch our most-viewed YouTube videos! Check out our most popular products!
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Tampa Bay Lightning are Stanley Cup Champs
Tampa Bay Lightning are Stanley Cup Champs
Tampa Bay beat Dallas 2-0 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup last night—a victorious end to a tumultuous storm of a season.
The Best of the Best Content From July
The Best of the Best Content From July
Sifting through Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, coaching logs, and articles, here's the best!
Editor's Letter for July
Editor's Letter for July
For July, we move from the weight room to the kitchen. Fun fact: In totality, considering all of the content we produce, nutrition is the one topic that doesn’t get as much airtime. Why? No one knows. It's provocative.
Editor's Letter for June
Editor's Letter for June
For this month’s content pillar, our writers shift to the press. Whatever falls under this category is fair game: pec size, bench press technique, overhead press exercises, board pressing... Join the conversation to drop knowledge for all. Plus, check out the best of May—the best articles, coaching blogs, videos, and posts!
Editor's Letter for May
Editor's Letter for May
Last month, the bulk of our content wore many hats: squats, legs, COVID-19, autism, home gyms, and home exercises. Here's what you can expect for May.
Top-55 Prowler® Workouts
Top-55 Prowler® Workouts
Buddy Runs, Death Rallies, Prowler® Mile, Prowler® Suicide, Prowler® Marathon... with this list, your Prowler® options are endless.
How to Build Your Dream Home Gym
How to Build Your Dream Home Gym
Two words: in layers. As you'll see, it took Matt Goodwin six years to accumulate everything he has in his gym. His message to you: start small and start now.
WATCH: Equipment Feature — Spud Inc. Econo Triceps and Lat Pulley
WATCH: Equipment Feature — Spud Inc. Econo Triceps and Lat Pulley
This item is one of the most cost-effective ways to add a ton of variation to your training and enable you to perform a greater number of exercises.
WATCH: Equipment Feature: The elitefts 5 Rings Bar
WATCH: Equipment Feature: The elitefts 5 Rings Bar
More precise bar positioning, simpler coaching cues, and easier chain and band placement are just a few of the many benefits of this innovative bar design.
Editor's Letter for April
Editor's Letter for April
I hope this letter lifts your sanity as we at elitefts continue to live, learn, and pass on – educating and outfitting the strongest athletes around the world. You'll find new content inside!
WATCH: 17 Band Exercises Powerlifters Can Do at Home
WATCH: 17 Band Exercises Powerlifters Can Do at Home
Life gets hectic with viruses, gym closings and holidays, work, and travel, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get some training in.
Editor’s Letter for March
Editor’s Letter for March
We’re surrounded by newness this March!
Editor's Letter for February
Editor's Letter for February
Last month, I shared the highly trafficked content from last year. For this month's letter, I'm sharing a few ways we’re tweaking content for 2020 — all to serve you better as training remains a top priority.
Highland High School Teaches Student Athletes About Accountability and Growth Through the Weight Room
Highland High School Teaches Student Athletes About Accountability and G...
Highland High School is dedicated to the strength and conditioning of both students and athletes. More than just their physical education, the team at Highland High School is dedicated to teaching the kids leadership and accountability.
Mount Baker High School Looks at What Really Matters
Mount Baker High School Looks at What Really Matters
Chris Bartl is an experienced powerlifter dedicated to teaching high school kids the proper way to lift weights. More than that, he's teaching them life lessons they'll take with them well past graduation.
WATCH: I am Jordan Shallow
WATCH: I am Jordan Shallow
“I’m not the strongest guy in the world, but I might have a run as one of the stronger chiropractors.” elitefts coach and columnist Dr. Jordan Shallow wants to make his mark in chiropractic, education, training, and fitness — and he might be doing just that through his travels and writings.
Editor’s Letter for January
Editor’s Letter for January
With another year coming to a close, let's take a look back at all that we've accomplished this year. Some exciting things came to fruition and we can't wait to see what this coming year has in store!
WATCH: JM Blakley's Ultimate 6-Rep Triceps Workout
WATCH: JM Blakley's Ultimate 6-Rep Triceps Workout
Even though it's 6 reps, you might want to tell the person who wants to use the cable machine they'll have to wait a bit. This exercise puts the burn in slow burn.
The $500 Christmas List Winner
The $500 Christmas List Winner
After four days of reading, comparing, rereading, and finally voting, the big winner is...
Vote for the Best 2019 Christmas List
Vote for the Best 2019 Christmas List
With your vote, a fellow meathead will be just a click away from fulfilling their wildest iron dreams this holiday season... Choose wisely.
Competition Results: 7 elitefts Athletes, 3 Meets, 1 Weekend
Competition Results: 7 elitefts Athletes, 3 Meets, 1 Weekend
Check out how some of your favorite lifters did this past weekend at Great Lakes Raw, IPA Buckeye Brawl, and APF Raw Power Challenge.
WATCH: I am JM Blakley
WATCH: I am JM Blakley
“Our human potential is much higher than we recognize.” elitefts coach and columnist JM Blakley might be the namesake of the JM Press, but he hopes his impact in the strength sports world will go far beyond that and the weights he's lifted.
WATCH: How to Implement Strongman into Your Powerlifting Training [Whiteboard Edition]
WATCH: How to Implement Strongman into Your Powerlifting Training [White...
If you're interested in doing some strongman movements but are hesitant because you're in the middle of a program, don't be! Brian Alsruhe will show you how to implement those movements into your current program.
Editor's Letter for December
Editor's Letter for December
Happy holidays from elitefts! We've stuffed your stockings with more content to get you closer to your strength, hypertrophy, and power goals — performance in bodybuilding, powerlifting, weightlifting, and strongman. All you have to do is rip the wrapping!
WATCH: Atlas Stone Tutorial with Brian Alsruhe
WATCH: Atlas Stone Tutorial with Brian Alsruhe
Even if you're not a strongman competitor, the Atlas Stone's benefits have carryover to the Big Three. Besides, it's fun to train something new. So what are you waiting for? Grab an Atlas Stone, heavy med ball, or sandbag so we can get started!
WATCH: Farmer's Walk Tutorial with Brian Alsruhe
WATCH: Farmer's Walk Tutorial with Brian Alsruhe
Fun fact: the farmer's walk is one of Brian Alsruhe's favorite exercises of all time. It works your grip, back, traps, biceps, core, and calves... what's not to love?
WATCH: John Meadows and The Muscle Doc Train Back and Chest
WATCH: John Meadows and The Muscle Doc Train Back and Chest
John Meadows was interested in the things Jordan Shallow discussed in podcasts and IG posts, so he reached out to him with the intention to "steal" some of Jordan's ideas. Well, that didn't go as planned. Don’t waste an opportunity to steal this workout from elitefts. Not that it’s stealing; you have our permission.
WATCH: The Method Behind Brian Alsruhe's Training [Whiteboard Edition]
WATCH: The Method Behind Brian Alsruhe's Training [Whiteboard Edition]
Brian Alsruhe's background in strongman, martial arts, MMA, and counter-terrorism led to his training system being "messed up" and unique from everyone else's. Despite that, he's found great success with his programming and will be breaking it down in this video.
WATCH: Giant Sets with Brian Alsruhe
WATCH: Giant Sets with Brian Alsruhe
Brian Alsruhe's training style is going to be different than what you'd usually see at the elitefts S5 Compound, but that certainly didn't stop him or Team elitefts athletes from exchanging ideas and having a good time.
Editor's Letter for November
Editor's Letter for November
Find out who's coming to elitefts for November, read what content we're working on for you, and try to win $500 just in time for the holidays!
Share Your 2019 Christmas List — Win $500
Share Your 2019 Christmas List — Win $500
With $50 you could buy a pair of Croc Lock Collars, so many bands, a Shoulder Saver Pad, (2) Dead Wedges, lots of apparel, a Backnobber, Spud Straps, (7) bottles of Wake Up Motherf****r Smelling Salts, (1 1/2) pair of compression pants. Imagine what you could do with $500...
WATCH: Fighter Mentality with Brian Alsruhe
WATCH: Fighter Mentality with Brian Alsruhe
Growing up in the ‘80s, Brian Alsruhe found strength in Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and He-Man. The one thing these people (and cartoon character) had was muscles; therefore, he’d need muscles to be strong. That brought him to martial arts, forming a strong mindset, and eventually, to strongman.
WATCH: Equipment Feature — elitefts Tri Plyo Cube
WATCH: Equipment Feature — elitefts Tri Plyo Cube
With three different heights in one plyobox, the elitefts Tri Plyo Cube is a great tool and one you should definitely have in your home gym.
Power in Motion: A One-of-a-Kind Gym Culture
Power in Motion: A One-of-a-Kind Gym Culture
"We’re the only functional training gym in the Midwest." Power in Motion is truly one of a kind, from its focus on functional training to individualized services for its diverse clientele to its arrangement of specialty equipment.
WATCH: I am Clint Darden
WATCH: I am Clint Darden
“I don’t need a psychiatrist. Give me a squat rack and a deadlift platform and a bench and a couple of Atlas stones, and that’s my psychiatric chair right there.” Everyone needs a safe haven, and elitefts coach Clint Darden has found his at the House of Biceps in Cyprus.
Editor's Letter for October
Editor's Letter for October
If you're after Gobstoppers, Reese cups, Jolly Ranchers, Snickers, or Candy Corn this October, knock on your neighbor's door. If in fact, you're after exercises to strengthen your spinal erectors, a conjugate triphasic program, an injury equation, intramuscular pressure, and alternatives to the Olympic lifts, click here. And of course, you'll find the most popular content from September in here too. Nobody by the name of Freddy is here. I promise.
WATCH: Back Training with Justin Harris
WATCH: Back Training with Justin Harris
“Dumbbell rows are bodybuilding burpees.” For more wisdom and the full post-Table Talk Podcast workout with Justin Harris, read on. This back workout is complete with pull-overs, pull-downs, deadlifts, and multiple row variations (one by which Justin deems as the best lat exercise there is).
Editor's Letter for September
Editor's Letter for September
As we begin to swing into autumn, take a quick fall into the piles of content we have stored away for this month: more Table Talk episodes, exercise variance, conjugate, strength training equipment (for injured rugby players and small budgets), food allergies, internship opportunities, and more!
WATCH: Ed Coan and Dave Tate Discuss Weak Point Training
WATCH: Ed Coan and Dave Tate Discuss Weak Point Training
Ed Coan and Dave Tate explain their rationales and favorite accessory movements and variation lifts for training weak points.
WATCH: Dave Tate's Definitive Guide for Wrapping Wrists
WATCH: Dave Tate's Definitive Guide for Wrapping Wrists
Learn the secret that we've kept under wraps until now: How to properly wrap your wrists for the Big Three: bench, squat, and deadlift.
WATCH: I am Vincent Dizenzo
WATCH: I am Vincent Dizenzo
“To be able to give back is a much bigger legacy than anything you’ll leave on a platform.” elitefts coach Vincent Dizenzo finds his calling in helping others by passing on knowledge, especially when it comes to dieting and weight loss.
WATCH: Doctor Deadlift Teaches The Hook Grip
WATCH: Doctor Deadlift Teaches The Hook Grip
The doctor is in! Specifically, Doctor Deadlift (whose real name is Cailer Woolam) is here to teach you why you should switch over from your alternating grip to a hook grip and show you how it's done.
Editor's Letter for August
Editor's Letter for August
The content calendar for August is packed with special content from Justin Harris, Vincent Dizenzo, JM Blakely, and Jordan Shallow that'll bring you gains in muscle, strength, and knowledge. For a sneak peek at what's to come, read on ahead!
WATCH: Why You Should Check Out Yessica Martinez's Training Log
WATCH: Why You Should Check Out Yessica Martinez's Training Log
Doing more gen pop or accessible workouts doesn't make someone any less strong. Just ask elitefts athlete Yessica Martinez. Or, better yet, read her training logs to see how doing yoga or some gen pop exercise could lead to some bigger numbers in the squat.
Editor's Letter for July
Editor's Letter for July
While you're enjoying some strawberry pretzel salad leftovers and the oh-so-annoying booms and pops of your neighbors' leftover Fourth of July firecrackers, be sure to enjoy a preview of the upcoming content we have stored for you this month, too.
Xpress Fitness: Your Family-Friendly Neighborhood Gym
Xpress Fitness: Your Family-Friendly Neighborhood Gym
Xpress Fitness, located less than 2 miles away from the elitefts S5 Compound, is a product of support from the rural London, Ohio, community at all levels: family, friends, neighbors, and businesses, all built strong from the ground up.
WATCH: Chris Janek — A Lifter With a Lot of Heart
WATCH: Chris Janek — A Lifter With a Lot of Heart
During SSTSS 2019, Chris Janek sat down and briefed us on his childhood, previous jobs, geared and raw lifting, and the effects of having four open-heart surgeries. Now, he's on a heart transplant waiting list and doing as much as he can without overdoing it.
WATCH: Jump Into Your Next Contest
WATCH: Jump Into Your Next Contest
The best part of strongman is that you don't know what to expect — and that's what makes it so fun! Rather than worry about having the "right" equipment, Matt Mills says you should jump in and compete.
Editor's Letter for June
Editor's Letter for June
Here's a preview of what we have lined up for you this June! We welcome Dr. Jordan Shallow to Team elitefts as the newest coach and columnist. Also, find out what was the most popular content in May (especially if you've been busy enjoying the summer weather — without a phone in hand).
elitefts Classic: So You Think You Can Bench?
elitefts Classic: So You Think You Can Bench?
This is a series of videos Dave Tate asked us to republish due to the number of times he sends them out each week on his Instagram AMA and DMs.
Getting A Bigger and Better Weight Room on A Small-School Budget
Getting A Bigger and Better Weight Room on A Small-School Budget
AJ Mott has 21 years of wrestling under his belt. Luckily, when it came to working on a small school budget, the Farleigh Dickinson strength and conditioning coach didn't have to wrestle with elitefts for the best deals.
Introducing New Team elitefts Coach and Columnist Tony Montgomery
Introducing New Team elitefts Coach and Columnist Tony Montgomery
elitefts has "given me my life that I have now." As a coach and columnist, Tony Montgomery will continue to live, learn, and pass on the passion that got him doing what he does now to others. Welcome to the team, Tony.
Editor's Letter for May
Editor's Letter for May
Click for a sneak peek of what's to come in the month of May, including the updated Team elitefts roster of new athletes, coaches, and columnists. We'll also recap April's top-5 coaching blogs, training logs, and articles.
WATCH: Reverse Grip Bench Press 101
WATCH: Reverse Grip Bench Press 101
A lot of people use this bench press due to shoulder issues and its carryover to competition lift — and Janis Finkelman's numbers support that claim.
Introducing New elitefts Athlete Anne Sheehan
Introducing New elitefts Athlete Anne Sheehan
The newest Team elitefts athlete Anne Sheehan learned while she was getting sober that she needed someone else's help — and she did it. And that's exactly what her athlete logs will do: help other powerlifters in their journeys.
Alwyn Cosgrove's Rest-Pause Program
Alwyn Cosgrove's Rest-Pause Program
This program was based on a study that burned 450% more calories post-workout than a traditional workout. Are you ready to feel the burn?
Union Fitness: Pittsburgh's Community Gym
Union Fitness: Pittsburgh's Community Gym
"We only have our word." For Union Fitness owner Casey Williams, his history with elitefts, staff, integrity, and the imagery of Pittsburgh unions and steel are the things that hold his gym and community together.

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