Joe Schillero

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Joe Schillero has competed in both powerlifting and strongman with an elite total in the 220-pound weight class. He has his master's degree in exercise physiology and is currently the General Manager at the Mandel JCC in Cleveland, Ohio. In this position, he oversees fitness, membership, and aquatics operations. He has also overseen student fitness and wellness programs at multiple Universities. He can be reached at joeschillero@gmail.com.

 
What To Do When You Don't Enjoy Training Anymore
What To Do When You Don't Enjoy Training Anymore
Remember, you're human. It's OK to feel this way about training and one day you inevitably will. With these six suggestions, plan and prepare for this ugly feeling and destroy ASAP to enjoy training again.
3 Plateau-Busting Accessory Exercises
3 Plateau-Busting Accessory Exercises
Sometimes it's just not enough to deadlift to make the deadlift stronger. More than likely, we have to add supplemental movements to build our deadlift, the bench press, and standing overhead press.
An Underrated Training Tool: Timed Deadlift Sets
An Underrated Training Tool: Timed Deadlift Sets
You can only set 60-second rep records in the deadlift for so long before you experience burnout and injury. Here's how to increase your reps without the burnout and injury.
The Need for a Calm Leader in 2020
The Need for a Calm Leader in 2020
There are a lot of different leadership qualities that lend themselves to different times and situations. Every leader is different, and there isn't one perfect personality or leadership type. At this time, however, I think there is one leadership quality that is needed most.
After 8 Weeks of Training Every Day During Lockdown
After 8 Weeks of Training Every Day During Lockdown
As the lockdown has lifted, at least in Ohio, I'm slowly transitioning back into the gym. Interestingly, a lot of what I did during lockdown remains.
Attitude Reflects Leadership
Attitude Reflects Leadership
Anyone who has overseen a staff (especially a large one) has probably run into situations where you’ve faced the frustration of attitudes not being what you want them to be. Our attitudes as leaders play an incredibly important role in the attitudes of our staff.
How to Safely Train Every Day During Quarantine
How to Safely Train Every Day During Quarantine
For those who currently aren’t working and also have limited gym equipment, I wanted to provide a potential gameplan that you can use to bring some routine and mental/physical stability to your day-to-day.
A Message for Those Struggling with Mental Illness
A Message for Those Struggling with Mental Illness
It WILL Pay Off: A Message for Those Struggling with Mental Illness, was a log post I wrote four years ago as I was battling depression, anxiety, insomnia, and OCD. Rather than edit my original post to reflect my current state of mind, I'm using this article as an update as I continue to evolve — a lot of things have changed.
Equipment Purchasing Considerations for Fitness Centers
Equipment Purchasing Considerations for Fitness Centers
Purchasing equipment is a big investment for rec centers and fitness establishments alike. Making sure you're getting what that you're clientele needs is equally as important.
8 Weeks to a Strong(er) Overhead Press
8 Weeks to a Strong(er) Overhead Press
Whether you compete in a sport with overhead events like strongman, or you just like being able to press something heavy overhead, this program is for you. The following 8-week program will provide two upper body days per week to help build the overhead press.
Max Effort Modifications for Lifters with Anxiety and/or Depression
Max Effort Modifications for Lifters with Anxiety and/or Depression
Many lifters with anxiety and/or depression find that during or following max effort, their mental health symptoms worsen, and/or their sleep quality and recovery suffer dramatically. These three modifications to max effort work may prevent or lessen some of these issues.
3 Ways I Stopped Straining My Adductors
3 Ways I Stopped Straining My Adductors
I tried a few different things to combat the soreness and tightness I had in my adductors. Foam rolling them before and after training, stretches, adductor machine... the list went on. No matter what I did, the pain was still there. So I did more recovery, compression, and Copenhagen warm-ups.
3 Quick Fixes for a Stronger Deadlift
3 Quick Fixes for a Stronger Deadlift
Quick fixes: They're usually bandages on a leaky pipe. But in some cases, a quick fix might be more like the duct tape that fixed the Apollo 13 module. These 3 technique fixes are like duct tape for your deadlift, so wrap up and strengthen that lift.
A Career Development Plan for GAs and Interns
A Career Development Plan for GAs and Interns
Although this article is directed at those supervising GAs and interns, if you’re a student reading this article, you can use these strategies to help to plan your own professional development as well.
Simple 8-Week Barbell and Bike Conditioning Program
Simple 8-Week Barbell and Bike Conditioning Program
Tired of the same old training program? Want a break from your normal training specificity? Why not mix things up with this program? All you'll need is a barbell, plates, a bike, a box for squatting, and a bench.
How to Progress in Your Strength Program
How to Progress in Your Strength Program
Ask yourself: "Is my training program based on me being strongest at every session?" If your answer is an honest yes, you might need to reconsider your program. Here's how you can improve it.
How to Coach Based on Personality Type
How to Coach Based on Personality Type
Knowing your clients' personalities and using that knowledge for communication and programming can make you a better, more effective coach. Here's how you can do that using the DISC personality model.
Discipline in Training and Life
Discipline in Training and Life
As someone who often trains alone, I tend to have time to reflect on things between sets. It's in those moments that I see connections between training and everyday life. Here are a few ways that training and life are closely woven together, particularly in the area of discipline.
The Leadership Parallels Between the Successful Coach and the Successful Boss
The Leadership Parallels Between the Successful Coach and the Successful...
After eight years of competing in strength sports and seven years of supervising employees, I've found that these parts of my life share several similarities when it comes to success. I've learned what makes the best coaches and bosses stand out from the rest. These three keys will help you do just that.
Your First Meet Cycle — How to Lay the Program's Foundation
Your First Meet Cycle — How to Lay the Program's Foundation
Don't be the newbie lifter who falls into the tiger pit traps during your training cycle. That'll only hurt you in the long run — or at least in those first competitions. Don't be afraid to start training too light and save your attempts for the platform. Not enough advice? I've got six other tips, so read on...
Takeaways From My First Strongman Competition
Takeaways From My First Strongman Competition
Powerlifting gave me a great foundation for strongman, but I still had to do a lot of training for it. Even though I technically qualified for USS Nationals, I want to make sure I can handle heavier events before I even think about competing.
How to Train While Working a Physical Job — Create Your Program
How to Train While Working a Physical Job — Create Your Program
Once you go through these seven steps, you should have a nice simple program that will allow you to reach your goals while staying true to your priorities and meshing with your daily work demands.
How to Train While Working a Physical Job
How to Train While Working a Physical Job
You may have several points in your life where you'll see the contrast of differing lifestyles on training and programming. While the principles of your training philosophy may remain the same no matter what job you have, how those principles are applied differs based on the situation.
The Art of Being an Emotionally Detached Strength Athlete
The Art of Being an Emotionally Detached Strength Athlete
Can you take a deep breath and remember that each set and rep in training is part of the greater year and not just that individual session?
3 Ways to Add a Secondary Squat Day
3 Ways to Add a Secondary Squat Day
From what I’ve seen, most lifters benefit from performing some form of squat twice per week. The key is finding a way to program that second squat that builds your strengths and addresses your weaknesses while still working within your ability to recover.
Who Defines You?
Who Defines You?
In this interview with Mark Dugdale, we discuss the mental side of training and competing, along with the various challenges that we meet when life, training, family, work, and all of the other areas of our lives intersect.
The Three Disciplines of Getting Stronger
The Three Disciplines of Getting Stronger
How do you continue to progress as a lifter when life gets tougher, progress is slower, and motivation is lacking?
Using Values and Strengths to Help You Determine Your Career Path
Using Values and Strengths to Help You Determine Your Career Path
Through my work at my university, I spend a great deal of time developing students and helping mentor them for career direction, particularly in the exercise science related areas. This is the approach I use to help them find the right path.
How Student-Athletes Can Support Teammate Mental Health
How Student-Athletes Can Support Teammate Mental Health
More student-athletes are beginning to recognize mental health as simply another part of the training and self-care process, and not a sign of weakness or lack of mental toughness. Here are three ways to help.
3 Time-Efficient Assistance Work Circuits to Get You Stronger and in Better Shape
3 Time-Efficient Assistance Work Circuits to Get You Stronger and in Bet...
These assistance work circuits are designed to be done after main strength work (primary and supplemental movements) and provide a time-efficient way to work for hypertrophy, muscular endurance, and basic conditioning.
Peak Mental Performance Podcast — Measuring Athlete Stress and Improving Performance Using Heart Rate Variability
Peak Mental Performance Podcast — Measuring Athlete Stress and Improving...
Joel Jamieson, one of the world’s foremost authorities on strength and conditioning for combat sports, joins the Peak Mental Performance Podcast for a discussion of stress, HRV, and improving athletic performance.
Peak Mental Performance Podcast — Auto-Regulation and How Personality Type Influences Training
Peak Mental Performance Podcast — Auto-Regulation and How Personality Ty...
Mike Tuchscherer has been known for years as a large proponent of individualized training. Our conversation covers some great topics and advice for both lifters and coaches. No matter what type of training method you use, there are some good principles that you can apply to your training.
8-Week Base Building Program for Busy Lifters
8-Week Base Building Program for Busy Lifters
This program requires minimal setup and equipment, includes three training days per week, and is designed for each session to be completed in roughly one hour.
Peak Mental Performance Podcast — Kava: The Stress-Reducing Drink That Made Its Way to the NFL
Peak Mental Performance Podcast — Kava: The Stress-Reducing Drink That M...
After five years in the NFL, Matt Masifilo created a new method of kava production and founded his own company to help support its growth and use. His reasons for believing in the drink are many.
Peak Mental Performance Podcast — Electrical Brain Stimulation for Athletic Performance
Peak Mental Performance Podcast — Electrical Brain Stimulation for Athle...
Dr. Brett Wingeier is a biomedical engineer and neuroscientist who designed the Halo Sport device. In our conversation, we discuss the science behind transcranial direct current stimulation and its use for athletes.
Peak Mental Performance Podcast — Brain Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet
Peak Mental Performance Podcast — Brain Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet
In this episode, Dr. D’Agostino and I dig into one of the most popular dieting methods and its lesser-known benefits, as well as covering ketone supplements and athlete considerations.
Hack Your Internal Clock for Improved Sleep Quality and Sport Performance
Hack Your Internal Clock for Improved Sleep Quality and Sport Performance
Getting stuck in the routine of a disrupted sleep-wake cycle can turn a top-tier athlete into a complete mess. Understanding circadian rhythms is the first step to avoiding this.
Peak Mental Performance Podcast — How to Use Visualization
Peak Mental Performance Podcast — How to Use Visualization
In this episode of the Peak Mental Performance Podcast, Dr. Steve Graef, Counseling and Sports Psychologist for The Ohio State University Athletics, defines visualization and gives steps to use it to improve athletic performance.
Peak Mental Performance Podcast featuring Jim Wendler — Discipline over Motivation
Peak Mental Performance Podcast featuring Jim Wendler — Discipline over ...
These discipline-related principles frame the discussion that Jim and I have in this episode. We also discuss various training principles that all circle back to the idea of prioritizing discipline.
10 Changes That Made Me Strong(er) This Year
10 Changes That Made Me Strong(er) This Year
Like anyone, I’m far from perfect and am constantly in the process of growing. But this year I’ve seen a lot of positive fruit come from changes I’ve made in my life.
Introducing the New Peak Mental Performance Podcast with Guest Dr. Steve Graef
Introducing the New Peak Mental Performance Podcast with Guest Dr. Steve...
The goal of the podcast is to spread practical, quality information that can help all listeners improve their mental health and athletic performance, and to help everyone understand the link between the two.
Meet Report: New Challenges and New Lifters — USAPL Spring Meet at CBUS Lifting Co
Meet Report: New Challenges and New Lifters — USAPL Spring Meet at CBUS ...
With this meet, I wanted to prove to myself that I could go from competing equipped to qualifying for USAPL Raw Nationals.
Health Risk or Wonder Drug: The Lowdown on Kratom
Health Risk or Wonder Drug: The Lowdown on Kratom
Planning to try this new substance? Consider this research, as well as my personal experience using it, before you do.
5 Cues That Can Screw Up Your Lifting
5 Cues That Can Screw Up Your Lifting
Believe it or not, there is such a thing as “too much of a good thing", and over-applying a cue when it’s not needed can really jack up a lifter’s technique.
So You Think You Had a Bad Meet?
So You Think You Had a Bad Meet?
Bad meet? I don't think that means what you think it means.
WATCH: Exercise and Mental Health — Understanding Comprehensive Stress Response
WATCH: Exercise and Mental Health — Understanding Comprehensive Stress R...
The presentation is an introductory overview covering items ranging from the importance of mental health to the stress response and how to design exercise programs to accommodate it.
3 Ways to Know You're Getting Stronger Without Taking a Max
3 Ways to Know You're Getting Stronger Without Taking a Max
The key is to find ways to consistently track strength increases throughout the training cycle, so that the ebb and flow of peak strength doesn’t negatively affect the overall picture of your training.
WATCH: Simple and Effective Training for the Recreational Athlete
WATCH: Simple and Effective Training for the Recreational Athlete
This presentation is directed towards the recreational athlete with the goal being to provide simple and effective tools to improve performance, reduce injury, and improve general levels of fitness.
WATCH: Jim Wendler Speaks at Open Underground Strength Session
WATCH: Jim Wendler Speaks at Open Underground Strength Session
As elitefts team members, we’ve seen the impact that this community and time training together has had on our lives and lifting careers — we're bringing more people into that fold.
How to Get Stronger in a Crowded Gym (With 8-Week Program)
How to Get Stronger in a Crowded Gym (With 8-Week Program)
You don't need a unique piece of equipment for each muscle group or a 25-item list of accessory exercises. This program uses nothing but gym essentials to get you stronger without ever having to leave the squat rack.
Mental Health and the Strength Athlete: Building A Better Training Program
Mental Health and the Strength Athlete: Building A Better Training Program
When building an effective training program, you must consider each variable that influences your performance — including the stressors that affect your mental health.
My Return to Raw: UPA Old School Iron Gym Summer Showdown
My Return to Raw: UPA Old School Iron Gym Summer Showdown
Since competing at the XPC Finals in March, I took the last few months to regain control over my physical and mental health. In the process, I transitioned back to raw.
Mental Health and the Strength Athlete: Why Powerlifters Get Ulcers
Mental Health and the Strength Athlete: Why Powerlifters Get Ulcers
I’m going to focus on three variables and interactions that affect stress response in the athlete: life events, mental illness, and training.
Mental Health and the Strength Athlete: Strength Beyond the Barbell
Mental Health and the Strength Athlete: Strength Beyond the Barbell
Mental illness isn't something you hear often in the strength world — but that's not because it doesn't exist.
3 Reasons You Can't Lock Out Your Deadlift
3 Reasons You Can't Lock Out Your Deadlift
I’ve heard many times that there’s no technique to deadlifting, you just grab the bar and pull. I have to disagree.
Post-Meet Training — What to Do the First 9 Weeks After Competition
Post-Meet Training — What to Do the First 9 Weeks After Competition
This 9-week program is designed to allow recovery, build muscle, improve conditioning, and prepare you mentally and physically for another heavy training cycle.
Failure Is Always An Option
Failure Is Always An Option
You may have heard that committing to your goals means eliminating the possibility of failure. The problem? This isn't realistic. You can't always win.
Strong(her) Overhead Press Progressions for the Novice Female Lifter
Strong(her) Overhead Press Progressions for the Novice Female Lifter
Most women are unfamiliar with this movement but, with the right techniques and teaching methods, this can be one of the easiest 'big' exercises to learn.
5 Strategic Questions Everyone Should Ask About Their Training
5 Strategic Questions Everyone Should Ask About Their Training
When moments of failure start to cloud your perspective of training, you need to return to your core philosophy. Asking these questions will force you to refocus on the big picture.

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