Erik Eggers graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1992 with a bachelor's degree in finance. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association and has over 30 years of experience in resistance training. In competitive powerlifting, Erik has held Connecticut state records in the International and American Powerlifting Associations and Gene Rychlak’s Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate. Erik founded Beast Training, a warehouse strength and conditioning facility located in Trumbull, Connecticut, where he served as its strength and conditioning coordinator from 2010 to 2013. Erik now resides in the Dallas, Texas, area. In addition to training, he enjoys writing horror fiction and is an avid reader, particularly favoring the works of Stephen King and Chuck Palahniuk. (Twitter: @BEASTTRAINING; Instagram: @beastllc; YouTube: BeastTrainingLLC)
Based on my brief observations of the garage training crew (and conversations with my son), these are a few of their Keys to Progress. These macro components (“the Keys”) have contributed to their above-average gains in size and strength.
“Well, Lifetime Fitness is closed for now. They are freezing memberships – I am getting bloated as hell. I was wondering if you wanted some company in the garage gym and (long pause) maybe I could come and train with you a couple times?”
Ricardo Garcia had a problem. He had agreed to kill someone. Garcia accepted the money. He promised to do the job and took the money – an advance payment, from Jimmy Luciano of all people, “Chainsaw” Jimmy Luciano.
For those of you required to travel by air frequently, if you have had difficulties with the Transportation Security Administration, you might enjoy this read. Just remember this: lacrosse sticks are NOT allowed in carry-on bags when flying.
If you're a heavier trainee, chin-ups are difficult... but not impossible. Case in point: I'm nearly 50 years old and weigh 245 pounds, but I do chin-ups for volume rather than output. Here lies the secret to my chin-up success.
I introduced my daughter to resistance training a couple of years ago. This August, we ramped up the training with two weekly sessions and speed training. This article details some excerpts from the resistance training portion of our program.
I wrote an article about planning to achieve athletic success, and the classroom path is no difference. By following the same (or similar) principles, students can achieve academic success as well. If you want to avoid a terrible GPA, please read onward.
"Buy nice; don't buy twice." That saying might apply to elitefts equipment, but it might also apply to running shoes when it comes to doing cardio... Any suggestions for replacing a 27-year-old pair of sneakers?
One elitefts article is changing my life, and it was a completely unexpected article! Thanks to Matt Ladewski's "4 Non-Training Podcasts you Should Listen To," I'm a third of the way done with a 75-day challenge. It's taught me a lot about myself and my habits, both good and bad.
My son sent a text last week — just a video of him deadlifting in our garage gyms. We discussed one of the mistakes we discovered he was making at the start of the pull. It was our discussion that influenced this article.
I will refrain from boring you with a litany of reasons for children to participate in athletics, outside of the apparent physical conditioning benefits, but I will mention that sports are a great way to acquaint them with adversity and the dedication and commitment necessary to overcome.
I recently reconnected with an old client: Don Cherry, whom I first met as a 16-year-old football player. Over the last several years, I've been lucky to watch that kid I trained in the belly of the Beast become a college and NFL football player and most recently, one of the voices behind a great podcast.
I had the pleasure of hearing Earvin “Magic” Johnson speak at a leadership conference I attended. Magic discussed his experiences in business and basketball and his pervasive passion for winning, regardless of the endeavor, much like elitefts' approach.
She was my aunt, and I accepted her explanation as fact. I can’t say for sure that I didn’t cry myself to sleep the next time those pains struck, but I know there was at least a part of me that experienced a sense of pride.
Because an athlete's focus is sports performance, they may be less concerned with consistency in strength training, or they may harbor a false belief that having great technique during weight training is relatively unimportant. Change this.
For both trainer and trainee, the service is most valuable when the terms are mutually beneficial and serve the aims of both parties. There's only one circumstance for me that I've found no compensation is sustainable.
During the second double of a floor press training session, his pec tears. The bar crashes to the safety pins, inches above his face. For at least the twentieth time, the Collegiate Power Rack saves his ass.
In honor of Tarantino's most recent big-screen release, I've decided to release my own Hateful Eight: the eight exercises and training modalities that make me shudder with anxiety, angst, and downright hatred.